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Extra Curricular, Trips & Activities

At the heart of our ambition for Orchard Academy is our commitment to providing the very best for all children to enjoy and achieve.

This includes having the widest possible range of opportunities both within and beyond the curriculum. We offer extra-curricular opportunities through various types of provision delivered by school staff and external providers– all with a view to increasing the range of experiences that children have, enabling them to make informed choices for adult life. Activities are designed to be fun and cater for a wide variety of interests.

We want to offer the scope for each and every child to find a passion, develop a talent, spark an interest or simply find pleasure in doing an activity with others. After-school clubs are a fantastic way of achieving this and we are excited to offer a wide range of clubs from singing and drama, to football and rugby, computing and Forest Schools.

Residential Trips

Orchard Academy Educational Visits Residential Programme 2018-19

At Orchard we believe that learning outside the classroom through residential experiences equips our children with invaluable life and learning skills, whilst they are on their journey as responsible citizens following the school creed.

Young people of all ages benefit from real life ‘hands on’ experiences; when they can see, hear, touch and explore the world around them and have opportunities to experience challenge and adventure –  Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Year 3 Whitemoor Lakes Residential - 29th April to 1st May 2019

We have been offered the opportunity to take our Year 3 children to Whitemoor Lakes Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Staffordshire next year, for a two night residential trip. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to experience a variety of outdoor and adventurous activities in a safe, purpose built environment. Whitemoor Lakes Centre is run by ACUK and is located in the heart of glorious Staffordshire providing the ideal backdrop for fun, adventure and comfort. Opened in 2011, the centre has quickly grown to become the byword for quality, safety and enjoyment. During the visit the children will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as climbing, abseiling and team challenges with fully qualified staff.

The cost of the residential will be approximately £165 and this will include: full board and lodgings, activities, equipment hire and return coach travel. This figure will be finalised once we know how many children are joining us. You will be able to split the payments into monthly instalments.

In order for us to give you more information regarding this visit, you are invited to a parents meeting on Thursday 25th

Year 4 – Edgmond Hall, Shropshire

Monday 1st April to Thursday 4th April 2019

A three night residential that includes outdoor environmental learning activities at the centre.

Approximate cost: £230 per child includes all transportation, activities and full board.

Year 5 – Ghyll Head Centre, Windermere, Cumbria

Monday 18th March to Friday 22nd March 2019

A four night residential that includes outdoor and adventurous activities in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Approximate cost: £250 per child includes all transportation, equipment hire and full board.

Year 6 – The Isle of Wight Experience (Curraghmore Hotel in Shanklin), Isle of Wight

Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 2019

A four night residential that includes cultural experiences, day trips and explorations around the beautiful island.

Approximate cost: £295 per child includes all transportation, full board and entrance fees.

Financial assistance is available for all residential visits subject to personal circumstances and upon application in writing to Mr. Callum Brown (Head of School).

Parents meetings for all visits will be held in year groups during the Autumn Term 2018.

All prices may vary subject to the final numbers of children attending each residential.


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