Orchard House School
16 Newton Grove, Bedford Park, London, W4 1LB
020 8742 8544
Co-educational Day Preparatory & Nursery
|Headmaster||Mr Kit Thompson|
|Date Appointed||September 2021|
|Co-ed Age Range||3-11 years|
|Number of pupils||301|
|Day fees per annum||£10,650 - £22,194 per annum|
|Average Class Size||20|
All children can learn to thrive, regardless of learning ability. At Orchard House School, we believe tailor-made teaching opens young minds to endless possibilities, encouraging them to think creatively and form their own ideas. In addition to guiding pupils to high academic achievement, our programme of learning celebrates self-discipline and sensitivity to others, whilst developing our core values of excellence, honesty and kindness. Our pupils call it having fun. We call it being the best they can be.
Complementing our outstanding form teachers, the school is equipped with an abundance of specialist educators which has resulted in a number of awards in recent years, including; the NAACE Mark for excellence in Education Technology, and the TES Independent Schools Award for Sport. Music and Drama play a key role at Orchard House School, with pupils of all ages participating in drama and musical productions, clubs, concerts, and assemblies. Sports facilities at Rocks Lane feature football, cricket, rugby and hockey pitches, netball courts, all-weather pitches for lacrosse and a sports field for athletics and Sports Days. Our pupils benefit from nearby access to swimming facilities to ensure the breadth of sporting activities are offered.
While our school is renowned for academic excellence, pastoral care comes first. Children blossom when they feel secure, happy, and valued. No child has any doubt that teachers will lend a safe and sympathetic ear to their issues. Each child has a Pupil Pastoral Care Plan where they can note any private worries so that teachers may monitor their happiness and well-being, and our buddy system helps newcomers through their early days. The school's House system encourages teamwork and a competitive spirit, allowing children to celebrate their own success as well as the achievements of others.
Our Year 6 pupils are uniquely prepared for entrance to a senior school which is best suited to their abilities, character and interests. We prepare children for senior school life, of which the 11+ assessments are just one part. As part of their preparation, parents and pupils will attend Senior School Open Days, have individual meetings with the Form teachers and Deputy Head to discuss choices and meet with the Headteacher about all options. Our children also benefit from priority entry into Dukes Education senior schools: Hampton Court House, Eaton Square Senior and Kneller Hall.
Exciting times lie ahead for Orchard House School. A multimillion-pound redevelopment is currently underway, in partnership with neighbouring Chiswick & Bedford Park Preparatory School. With the two school nurseries now working together as one team, the main schools will be combined from September 2024 under the Orchard House School name. This new school will benefit from a full refurbishment of all three school sites as well as additional specialist teaching space in the form of a new Science, Technology and Computing Centre, additional spaces for Art, Music and Drama, a fuller timetable of enrichment and clubs, and expert subject teaching. As a thriving three form entry school, all of our children in the lower school will benefit from a full-time teaching assistant and throughout the school there will be specialist teaching staff across the curriculum, ensuring academic excellence alongside outstanding pastoral care. This investment from Dukes Education will put Orchard House School squarely on the map as one of London's premier preparatory schools.