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Welcome to Orchard Class!


Orchard Class is a Key Stage 3/4 secondary class, for pupils who benefit from a highly structured approach.  Our aim is to develop and enhance our pupils' communication and social skills. We work together, using a variety of tools such as individual timetables and schedules, enhancing learning as well as teaching our pupils the benefit of structure in their everyday lives. We use a variety of communication approaches including Makaton, PECs alternative language displays (ALDs) and PODD, hi-tech PODD.

Pupils engage in all areas of the curriculum in fun and creative ways, with the aim of taught skills transferring into everyday life.

Sensory integration is very important in the process of learning, as it helps pupils self regulate, so they are ready to learn and access the curriculum.

Independent individual learning and group work activities are encouraged, as well as spending time as a whole class working on social skills, promoting friendships and developing a sense of class community.

The team is committed to positive behaviour reinforcement, as pupils are encouraged to develop their independence and life skills. We work towards pupils learning appropriate behaviours, which they can apply in all areas of their lives.

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Meet the Staff


                                                                  Becky Pottinger                    Bernadette Byrne

                                                                   Class Teacher                   Classroom Assistant



                                      Gosia Bielawna                             Apylee Jones                      Louise Quinn

                                             SNCA                                          SNCA                                 SNCA



                                                          Tracey Medhurst                               Jack Lagar

                                                                  SNCA                                            SNCA