Orchard Head Junior, Infant & Nursery School

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  • 11/11/2014
    Nursery (LFS) Reading Challenge

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    In Nursery we love our daily story time at the end of each session. As this is something the children are really enjoying, we feel that we would like to set you and your child a challenge. We want our children to have a love for reading and enjoy this special time with you.

    We are challenging our parents to read 5 books a week with their child. We know that for many of you this may be something you already do, so please feel free to increase this number. Please complete the story challenge book sheet attached and return to a member of Nursery staff. For every 5 books you read with your child you will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of the half term the raffle will be drawn for you to win a prize.

    If you would like to borrow more books please use the children centre library which is open on a daily basis for you to use.

    Thank you for your support. 

  • 16/09/2014
    Contact Details

    As you can appreciate, it is vital that we have accurate emergency contact details for you, should we need to contact you regarding your child. If any of your details have changed over the summer –particularly phone numbers - can parents/carers please complete the attached form and return it to school?

  • 16/09/2014
    Important Reminder-Payments by Cheque

    Could parents/carers please note that cheques should be made out as follows:

    School meals  -  “ISSMEDICLEAN”

    All other payments  -  “Orchard Head J I & N School”

  • 24/06/2014
    Free School Meals

    Did you know just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school will get extra money?

    There are many things to think about in preparation for your child starting a new school and what they are going to eat when they’re at school is likely to be one of them. As you may be aware from the News and in the letter provided at the new starter meeting the Government has decided that all children in UFS, Year 1 and Year 2 will be able to have a free school meal from September 2014.


    What you may not know is if you are in receipt of certain types of benefits school can receive additional funding. This is called the Pupil Premium. For every child registered Orchard Head JI & N School receives £1,300 this year. In order for school to receive this money parents/carers still need to register with Wakefield Council for free school meals – forms are available from the school office.


    The benefits required are:

    • Income Support

    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

    • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

    • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

    • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190

    • Working tax credit ‘run on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


    With this extra money we could provide more interventions to accelerate children’s progress as well as interventions to develop self-esteem, self-confidence and social and emotional skills.


    No one will know that you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.


    Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.


  • 24/06/2014



    Did you know?


    Being 5 minutes late each day is the same as missing 3 whole days of school? Being 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two whole weeks at school? We start our Numeracy Lessons promptly at 9.10am – being 15 minutes late each day means missing two whole solid weeks of Numeracy learning.

    Missing a few minutes each day may not seem like a big deal but your child may be missing more than you realise if he or she is continually late.

    Current research shows that mornings for most children are the most productive time of the day, with 10.00am the peak period for productivity. When children arrive late and take time to settle as they inevitably do, valuable learning time is lost.


  • 18/06/2014
    What's App

    Parents or carers are now able to also send reasons of their child's absence via What's App.

  • 25/02/2014
    Any child's absence from school needs to be reported to Ms Holland either via text on the school sickness number 07733 304425 or you can call her on 01977 723476. The ADMIN staff no longer take messages regards a child's absence. Any unreported absence from school will be classed has an unauthorised absence.
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Welcome to Orchard Head's Junior, Infant and Nursery Schools Website!


We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing regular updated information for both parents and pupils.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find any information you are looking for. Please feel free to email contact@orchardhead.net to ask any questions or make any comments regarding our Website or our school.

Mr M Letham (Headteacher)

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