Orchard Primary Vacancy Overview


At Orchard Primary School, we have the highest aspirations for our children.

Deeply committed to providing the best possible education for all pupils, we place a child’s happiness and excellent standards of teaching, learning and leadership at the heart of all we do.

We believe that time in school should be rewarding and fulfilling. We therefore pride ourselves on creating an exciting and inspirational learning environment.

We do this through the implementation of a wide ranging and challenging curriculum that that enables each individual to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to develop high self-esteem and experience success in both education and in their personal growth. 

Through our caring and inclusive learning environment, we aim to nurture and develop mutual respect, tolerance and teamwork; encouraging pupils to embrace diversity and value one another equally.

We are dedicated to promoting in pupils: resilience, a positive learning attitude and independence.

We also place a huge emphasis on the importance of kindness, respect, tolerance and good manners.

We strive to create a learning community, rich in opportunity, where everyone is valued, empowered and challenged to achieve their potential and excel in their achievements.

About Us

Orchard School is a well-maintained, modern building situated in the picturesque village of Castle Donington. Built in 1970, and extended in 2016, it currently has 329 pupils on roll aged between 4 and 11 years old.   


The extensive grounds, which include a large playing field, tyre park, trim trail and woodland area, have been developed to support learning, and provide an attractive and safe environment for all children to enjoy.


An outdoor classroom is available for lessons in warmer weather and for shelter during breaks.


Inside, the school offers a rich, rewarding and highly stimulating learning environment. Children begin in our exceptionally well-equipped Foundation Stage classroom, with a purpose built outdoor learning environment, in the school year they turn five.


In Key Stage 1, the school is semi open-plan with each base leading to the main corridor and a free-flowing practical area. The classrooms in Key Stage 2 are enclosed. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard and access to laptops, Chromebooks and I-pads.


As well as a studio with a ‘Green Screen’ and a number of teaching spaces suitable for small group work, there is a multi-purpose hall, which enables the whole school to meet together for assemblies. The hall is also used for PE and extra-curricular activities, as well as serving as our dining hall at lunchtime.


The ‘Learning Centre’ includes two further break-out rooms, a kitchen for the children to use for cookery lessons and a radio broadcasting ‘pod’.

The school is at the heart of the community and places great emphasis on its relationships with pupils, parents and other members of the community.



Symphony Learning Trust

We are part of a well-established, supportive and growing multi academy Trust; Symphony Learning Trust, which brings many opportunities for our staff, including quality CPD and a strong focus on staff wellbeing. The Symphony Learning Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust that places outstanding learning and teaching at the heart of all its activities. All our schools are committed to continuing to raise standards and to inspire young minds. In an ever-changing world, SLT are committed to provide balanced, inspirational and exciting learning experiences for our pupils, with our values of aspiration, effort, tolerance and integrity underpinning this drive. The Symphony Learning Trust schools have a proven track record of devising and leading national initiatives and highly effective school to school support. We are proud of the impact we have upon outcomes for children across our schools.