SEND Information Report

 Information Report – Orchard

 What types of SEN does Orchard School provide for?

  • Orchard Independent Special School (11 – 16years) is designated to primarily meet the needs of students with learning difficulties associated with ADHD, ASD and SEMH. However, all SEN is considered, in line with the Orchard SEND policy.
  • The Orchard school believes in a multi-site approach so that personalized environments can be created to meet our learners’ needs. We are currently operating over three sites in N.E. Lincolnshire.

How does Orchard school identify and assess students with SEN?

The Orchard is a Special School, so all learners hold EHCPs (Education, Health and Care Plans) and have been assessed (or under statutory assessment) by a local authority prior to admission.

During their time at Orchard School, learners are assessed in several areas. This assessment data feeds into the EHCP reviews. These assessments cover both academic attainment and social skills development.


Who is our Head Teacher and who is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and how can they be contacted?

Michael Burton – Mike is currently Principal of the School and SENCO

Wendy Taylor – Wendy has been a SENCO for 19 years and has worked across multiple local provisions, Primary, Secondary and Pupil Referral Unit.


What is makes our approach to teaching at the Orchard, unique?

  • The School has created a thematic curriculum, unique to Orchard, designed to meet the specific needs of our learners.
  • Bespoke teaching environments created with a maximum of seven learners in each class.
  • Trained teachers in each classroom with between one and three learning support assistants.
  • Learners are grouped by social accessibility rather than academic capability.
  • A person centred approach to teaching, so all work is highly differentiated and modified to meet individual needs in every lesson.
  • Orchard School uses a range of strategies and interventions to meet the social, emotional, communication, interactional and learning needs of our students.
  • A trained specialised Care Team to support our learners’ emotional needs, thus enabling them to access the school’s curriculum and achieve their full potential.
  • A full time emotional therapist who is employed outside of the Orchard. This ensures that a complete ‘person centred’ approach is followed with no other influences that may be drawn internally


How do we work with parents and carers to involve them and give them a voice in their child’s education?

  • Orchard School has three parent/ carer days each year to give parents and carers the opportunity to reflect on and review progress with their child’s personal tutor.
  • Parents are a key part of the EHCP review meetings. They receive individual invitations to attend and can give direct feedback.
  • Each parent is given direct access to the School’s Director who has responsibility for Family Liaison and Learner Welfare.
  • Parent surveys to capture views, evidence and feedback.


How do we involve students and give them a voice in shaping their education at Orchard School?

  • All learners have input into the Student Council and can represent their class at termly meetings with the Principals of the School.
  • The Senior Leadership Team have an ‘open door’ policy for all learners to express opinions and share achievements.
  • All Orchard School learners are a key part of the EHCP review meetings. If they do not wish to attend, they can share their views with a trusted member of staff prior to the meeting.
  • All Orchard School learners can contribute to the shaping of their personal ILJ (Individual Learning Journey).
  • Learner surveys to capture views, evidence and feedback.


How do we enable our students to engage with the community and interact socially with their peers?

  • Reward based activities in the community.
  • Delivery of specific social intervention programmes, including Talkabout, with the aim of empowering students to engage appropriately in communal and social settings
  • Orchard School charity events
  • School funded extra-curricular events e.g. half term ‘Keeping in Touch’ days and sporting placements, together with other activities identified by learners, parents/carers that are deemed appropriate.
  • Offsite trips and educational visits.
  • Interactive social media promoting positive experiences and learner achievement.
  • Participation in the Young Person’s Advisory Group (YPAG)

How do we involve other organisations in meeting the needs of our students and supporting their families?

  • Organisations that Orchard School works with to support their learners positively are:
  • Local Authority SEN Teams
  • YPSS (Young People’s Support Service)
  • E.P.s (Educational Psychologists)
  • FORTIS Therapy (Mental health and Emotional Wellbeing Service)
  • School Nursing Team
  • Social Care Services
  • Mainstream schools and academies, including other Special Schools
  • Colleges and post 16 education/ training providers
  • YMM (Young Minds Matter)
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Police
  • YOS (Youth Offending Service
    CAT zero (Sailing Challenge Charity)

How does Orchard School evaluate the effectiveness of their SEN provision?

  • Termly SEN progress reviews based on the EHCP outcomes
  • Ongoing assessment of progress by teaching staff and Care Team
  • EHCP reviews
  • Parent and learner feedback
  • Quality Inspections by Local Authorities
  • DfE
  • Internal Quality Audits, OTLAs and Learning Walks
  • Half termly and annual academic assessment/exams
  • Annual Social Skills tracking and assessment.

How do we support our students through transitions and prepare them for post 16 education/ training and adulthood?

  • Discussions with learners and their parents/ carers.
  • Liaison with post 16 Colleges/ educational provision.
  • Liaison with YPSS (Young People’s Support Service)
  • Careers Advice
  • Personal Mentoring through post 16 enrolment process at College.
  • Provision of transport by Orchard School for College visits etc.
  • Implementation of extended transition plans, if necessary.
  • Broad vocational offer at Orchard School in preparation for adulthood including; cooking, joinery, bricklaying, hair and beauty.

Expertise and training of Orchard School Staff to meet the needs of our learners

Communication and Interaction

  • Lego Therapy
  • Internal training on Autism and SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.)
  • Internal training to deliver the Functional Skills curriculum.

Cognition and Learning

  • Training on teaching Phonics to progress reading.
  • Training on how to create a Dyslexia Friendly Classroom.
  • Internal training on Dyspraxia, Autism, ODD, GDD and ADHD.
  • Internal training on academic aspects of the curriculum.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

  • Training on delivery of the ‘Talkabout’ programme
  • Internal training on Art Therapy
  • FORTIS therapy training
  • Training on Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Training on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Internal training on Attachment
  • Training on Mental Health Issues (YMM)
  • Impact of Developmental Trauma

Sensory and Physical

  • Training on Lego Therapy
  • Internal training on Art Therapy
  • Internal training on GDD (Global Development Delay)
  • Internal training on Autism


  • Accessibility policy.
  • SEN policy
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education Policy
  • Complaints Policy
  • Admissions Policy

All policies can be found via our website at

Where do we sit in the Local Offer?

The Orchard are one of 3 Secondary specials school in the Grimsby & Cleethorpes area, we feel at the Orchard all providers compliment each other as all our offers are unique and service the needs of our local communities. We are proud to work with such a proactive group of schools providing educational support for all learners with SEND in North East Lincolnshire.


What extracurricular and curricular activities do learners have access to at Orchard School?

Curricular –

  • English (Functional skills and GCSE pathways)
  • Maths (as above)
  • Science
  • ICT
  • PSD (Personal and Social Development)
  • Human and Social
  • PE
  • Cooking,
  • Joinery,
  • Bricklaying
  • Hair and beauty.
  • Creative Arts
  • Outdoor education
  • Animal Care


  • ‘Keeping in touch’ half term days
  • LAC (Looked After Children) bespoke support packages
  • Funded positive activity opportunities
  • Work experience placements.

What additional support can a learner at the Orchard access?

  • An onsite therapist daily
  • Full time safeguarding officer
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Out of school activity days
  • Personalized school transport
  • Bespoke lunches and meals
  • Mentoring through the steps to adulthood until first day of further education or work.
  • Early help or pastoral support for parents
  • Transport for all meetings for both child and parents
  • Specialist educational interventions with trained staff
  • Specialist therapeutic interventions with trained staff
  • Lego Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • ‘Talkabout’ Emotional support
  • Personalised Pupil Premium (where PP is given)


Contact details for further information

Claire Drant – (Admissions)

01472 898498

Mike Burton – (Principal)

01472 898498

Pete MacLeod – (Proprietor and Safeguarding Lead)