Orchard Head Junior, Infant & Nursery School

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  • 21/06/2018
    NSPCC Safety Guidelines for Fortnite: Battle Royale

    On the Safeguarding section of our website, there is information for parents/carers giving advice on  how to customise and manage the content that can be accessed by the whole family on their games consoles.

    The NSPCC has issued guidelines for parents and carers regarding the console game, "Fortnite: Battle Royale", a multiplayer survival game that is becoming increasingly popular among children.  Please click the following link to access this information:  https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/fortnite-all-you-need-know/


  • 13/06/2018
    For the latest letters and newsletters, please see the 'Letters and Information' section of our website
  • 13/06/2018
    Dates for the Diary

    To find out about upcoming events in school, please go to the side menu on the left of our Home page and go to 'School Calendar and Events'.  

    Then select 'School Events'.

  • 13/06/2018
    Term Dates 2018-19

    The school calendar for 2018-2019 is now available. 

    It can be accessed via the menu on the left side of the Home page, i.e. "School Calendar and Events  -> Term Dates". 

    To view the school calendar on the Wakefield MDC website, please enter "Wakefield Term Dates 2018-19" into a search engine.

  • 22/03/2018
    Safeguarding and E-Safety for Parents/Carers

    On our school website, we have lots of information and useful links regarding safeguarding and e-safety for parents, to help keep your child safe both online and in the outside world.

    Please see the 'Safeguarding and E-Safety' section, which can be found on the left-hand-side menu of the 'Home' page.

  • 09/03/2018
    Key Stage 2 Residentials 2018-19
    For information relating to residential visits for Years 3, 4,5 and 6, please see the letters in the 'Letters and Information' section of our website.
  • 15/01/2018
    Keeping your child safe online

    O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces to help children and their families to stay safe online.  They offer useful tools, support and guidance to help parents and carers to converse with their children about their online lives.  To access this information, please click on the following link:


  • 12/01/2018
    Attendance Policy update

    Following a judgement by the Supreme Court on 6 April 2017 regarding holidays in term time, the Pontefract Academies Trust 'Attendance Policy' has been updated to reflect this.  Please refer to full details in our 'Letters and Information' section.

    Please click on the following link to access Pontefract Academies Trust's Attendance Policy:

    Attendance Policy

  • 30/10/2017
    Parent Info - A new free service for parents/carers

    'Parent Info' is a free service, in which parents/carers can find a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help them to keep up with what their children are doing online. 

    Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone, which has been providing information and support to parents for a decade, and CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency.

    Please see the link for Parent Info on our website in the 'Parents' tab, under 'Useful Links'.

  • 27/10/2017
    Parents/Carers and Grandparent helpers needed in School

    We are hoping to increase the number of parents/carers and grandparents who volunteer in school, assisting with reading and changing of books.  This will be subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Barring) check, which will be carried out by school.

    If you can spare a few hours each week and would like to help, please contact the school office.

  • 26/10/2017
    Cashless School

    To pay for school events: 

    Payments for school events, including Dinner Money, Breakfast Club and After-school Club must be paid online via www.schoolmoney.co.uk.  Alternatively, payment may be made by credit or debit card at the school office or over the telephone.   

    Should you need help with any of the above, please contact the school office on 01977 723495.


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 Respect, Appreciate & Value Everyone.

Welcome to Orchard Head Junior Infant and Nursery School's Website

We are a busy, friendly and very active school and we hope that our website will give visitors an overview of the school, as well as providing regular updates.

We hope that you enjoy your visit and that you find the information you are looking for.

Should you wish to seek further information about the school, have a query that is not answered via the school website or if you would like to comment upon the school or the website, please contact us either in person, by telephone (01977 723495) or via our email address:


Thank you for visiting.        


Mrs J Vickers (Head of School)  

   Mr J Parkin (Executive Headteacher) 

On 1st April 2013, Orchard Head J I & N School converted to an Academy as part of the Pontefract Academies Trust (PAT).


Online Payments and School Closures 

To pay online for Dinner Money, Breakfast Club, After-school Clubs and other school events, please click on the link below:



Short Notice Closure of School

Should school be forced to close at short notice due to bad weather, power failure, etc., parents/carers will be informed by text as early as possible.

Parents/carers will also be able to access school closure information via the Ridings FM website.  Please click the following link:

 If you would like to request a paper copy of any information contained on our website please do so through the main school office.

Orchard Head J I & N School is a member of Pontefract Academies Trust

Pontefract Academies Trust - a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 08445158. Registered office address: c/o St Mary’s Community Centre, The Circle, Chequerfield, Pontefract,  West Yorkshire, WF8 2AY Pontefract Academies Trust is not registered for VAT. Pontefract Academies Trust is an exempt charity.