Orchard Head Junior, Infant & Nursery School

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  • 16/01/2018
    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'.

  • 16/01/2018
    Lower KS2 visit to Magna Science Museum, Rotherham, 8 February 2018

    Darwin, Shakespeare and Marie Curie classes will be visiting Magna Science Museum in Rotherham on 8 February 2018.

    Please see details 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:


  • 15/01/2018
    School Dinner Menu
    The School Lunch menus for the Spring Term (January to Easter) 2018, are now available to view.  Please see the 'Parents/Carers' section of our website, under 'School Meals'.
  • 15/01/2018
    For the latest letters and newsletters, please see the 'Letters and Information' section of our website
  • 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

  • 01/11/2017
    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.

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

Extract taken from the Pontefract Academies Trust website: pontefractacademiestrust.org.uk:

"The Trust’s main mission is to continuously improve, deepen and broaden the educational opportunities and experiences to ensure that all children educated in Pontefract aspire to succeed and achieve their best, becoming valued and valuable members of our future society.

The Trust’s main mission is to continuously improve, deepen and broaden the educational opportunities and experiences to ensure that all children educated in Pontefract aspire to succeed and achieve their best, becoming valued and valuable members of our future society.

We aim to:

  • Establish outstanding academies for Pontefract.
  • Provide challenge and support to ensure that our academies achieve the best possible educational outcomes;
  • Create a self-improving school system based on a model of school to school support, drawing on academies within Pontefract Academies Trust and the wider network of partners within the Pontefract Education Trust and beyond.

The locality based trust is outward looking and provides a structure, which encourages collaborative working, capacity building to support the creation of a more seamless transition through education and into employment.

Pontefract Academies Trust has a shared interest in bringing together expert, human and financial resources; to support individual school needs and aspirations and to be able to work together to identify distinctive, common, effective and efficient approaches to local and national initiatives and issues affecting education.

Pontefract Academies Trust is committed to each individual academy becoming Outstanding.

The Trust will create effective systems of Leadership, Management, Operation and Communication to secure this vision at every level from class to Board. We will establish clarity of accountability and responsibility for actions, decisions and outcomes and who should be consulted across the Trust".




Please click the following link for details:


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.