About The Orchard

Our School

The Orchard is a Special Educational Needs school based across three sites in Grimsby of North East Lincolnshire. The school supports learners aged 11-16 with a wide range of additional needs, including Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Social and Emotional Mental Health, and Sensory and Physical.

Each of our sites is unique and we are, therefore, able to match a learner’s needs to the right location, environment, and facilities to ensure we lay the foundations for lifelong success.

We offer a range of core therapies to support learners with their learning and developmental needs. These include one-to-one counselling sessions provided by Fortis Therapy, Pet Therapy, Thera-play, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Art Therapy, Lego Therapy, and “Talkabout”, a social skills development programme.

We also offer extra-curricular activities, including music lessons and Football Club.

At our school, we believe in the value and importance of building positive trusting relationships with young people to gain a deep understanding of each learner’s needs. This enables us to provide individually tailored provision which facilitates and supports each child’s unique way of learning

Our Purpose, Mission, Vision and Values are central to everything we do at The Orchard.


To provide exceptional education to learners with Special Educational Needs, in an environment that reflects and supports their individuality, voice and needs.

‘Championing Every Learner’


Through the expertise of staff, we develop relationships with learners, parents and stakeholders that allow us to provide strategies, support and opportunities to nurture and develop the whole learner. We celebrate the success of every learner’s progress made through our well planned and ambitious curriculum, that is personalised to meet every individual’s needs. We will provide a safe and caring environment where all learners are valued and respected for their diverse talents.

We will work in partnership with parents and professionals to allow every learner to be active in the community, becoming confident and prepared for their future beyond our school.


At Orchard every learner will become the best version of themselves making the next steps in their lives with the confidence, skills, resilience, and aspirations to achieve lifelong success.


We believe in putting the learner at the HEART of every decision. Working with a love and passion to be the champion every child deserves.

We believe in putting the learner at the HEART of every decision. Working with a love and passion to be the champion every child deserves.

Heroes – We will be our own and each other’s biggest hero and champion.

Empathy – We will show respect for other people’s feelings and thoughts.

Ambitious – We will strive to be the best we can be and support others to do the same.

Reflective – We will always look to improve, looking at ourselves first

Together – We will work as a team to support and look after each other.

Steven Broderick – Principal

Steven Broderick, Executive Principal of The Orchard has been a teacher in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area for over 20 years. His love of working with young people followed working as a lifeguard and sports coach, which led to him training as a PE teacher.

Steve is passionate about his own professional development, and continues to prioritise his own learning, adding qualifications such as Understanding Autism to his Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning.

During Steven’s career, he has gained a wealth of experience, moving from an Advanced Skills Teacher, to Assistant Principal to Principal. He is passionately committed to inclusion, and ensuring every child is considered and listened to.

Steven is an advocate for community partnership, having previously managed a school leisure business which provided a base for thousands of people to dance, take fitness classes and play sport. He was proud to be recognised in 2019 with the Oasis Northern Schools Special Recognition Award.

Steven feels privileged to have met and worked with so many incredible young people and their families during his career. He looks forward to continuing to put learners at the heart of The Orchard and celebrating their incredible talents and diversity.

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