Secondary Curriculum

The Orchard Secondary Department aims to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that enables our pupils to become confident, responsible and independent learners. We develop and challenge every pupil to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to succeed as learners not only while at school but throughout their lives

Through an appropriate curriculum we develop our pupils’ emotional intelligence and social awareness along with creative and critical thinking skills. Our aim is to encourage all pupils to strive for excellence and to be aspirational for themselves. This will be achieved through stimulating and motivating teaching and learning.

The school ensures equal rights of access to each area of the curriculum, irrespective of ability, gender and ethnic or cultural backgrounds. We also value the backgrounds of all our pupils, staff and families, celebrating this at every opportunity. Underpinning this is the secondary code of conduct which instils the values of achievement, respect and caring for others. This is further developed through reflection during tutor time, rewards assemblies, student voice groups and the wider curriculum with the aim of consolidating the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.

The Secondary department is organised on a subject-based model with pupils moving to specialist rooms and teachers. At Key Stage 4 groups are set according to ability in English and Mathematics. This enables the more able to be challenged whilst allowing for all pupils to be supported through greater differentiation. All Key Stage 4 pupils have the opportunity to take part in vocational activities and courses, usually off-site at a variety of providers and environments. These include Mechanics, Construction, Outdoor pursuits, Hair and beauty, Catering.

The Secondary Department also provides a number of enrichment activities for Key Stage 3 pupils which include; Fishing, Animal Care, Go-Kart construction, Forest School activities and Duke of Edinburgh award.

Subjects and Qualifications

English (GCSE and Functional Skills Level1 and Level 2)
Maths (GCSE and Functional Skills Level1 and Level 2)
Science (GCSE)
Computing (Functional Skills)
PE (Sports Leader Award)
Art and Design (BTEC)
Music (BTEC)
Cooking (BTEC)
Edexcel Number and Measure (Level 1 and Level 2)
Public Services Diploma (GCSE equivalent)
PSHE (Level 1)

Sex Education

It is important that children grow up with a healthy well-informed attitude to human sexuality and relationships. Sex education at The Orchard is taught through Science and PSHE. Parents/carers have the right to look at the policies and subject materials used and to withdraw their child from sex education sessions. For further information please contact the school.


Staff at the Orchard set homework as required. Your child may be asked to complete work or research a particular subject at home that forms an extension of a lesson or that may need finishing in their own time. Parents sometimes request that their child is set extra homework and may do so through contacting your Student Support Co-ordinator. Please try to support and encourage your child with their homework and provide them with somewhere quiet to work to help them be successful.

For more information about our primary curriculum please contact: Assistant Headteacher Secondary – Patrick Kelleher.

Get In Touch

The Orchard School
Cambridge Road

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T: 01227 769220
F: 01227 781589

E: office@orchard.kent.sch.uk

Office Contact: Melanie Rowden
Headteacher: Annabel Lilley
Chair of Governors: Hugh Robinson

LEA: Kent County Council
DfE: www.education.gov.uk
OFSTED: www.ofsted.gov.uk

The Orchard School

The Orchard School
Cambridge Road


01227 769220