The Orchard School

Christchurch Road, (Entrance on Cotherstone Road) London, SW2 3ES

The Orchard is a smaller than average, Voluntary Aided Muslim Faith School, within the London Borough of Lambeth. Our pupils come from a diverse range of backgrounds. We pride ourselves in providing a high standard of teaching and learning, with a personalised approach for all our children.

Our aim is to provide a safe environment wherein we are able to nurture our children’s spiritual, moral, social & cultural development, so as to ensure that they become positive citizens, who will contribute towards all aspects of society.
We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which makes learning fun whilst also aiming to develop all our pupils’ academic skills to the highest standards, in order to ensure outstanding progress and achievement in all areas. There is a deep commitment to the continuous professional development of all our teaching and support staff at the school.

The school has an outstanding track record of progress and achievement across all phases. Do review our overall school performance, to note the high aspirations we set for all our pupils and their wonderful achievements.

At Orchard, we highly value our strong links and partnerships with our parents and the community at large. We have a number of links with other faith and non-faith schools and organisations. The Orchard is also a member of the Windmill Cluster of Schools.

Please do visit the school website for further information. We invite you also, to come in and visit our happy, warm and welcoming school!


  • “Pupils' behaviour is second to none. They are eager to learn. They are kind, confident, articulate young people. They respect those from all backgrounds and heritages.”

  • “The school's values are shared by its whole community. Pupils leave Ashmole exceptionally well prepared to take their place in society as fully rounded citizens.”

  • “All adults share the drive to raise pupils' aspirations and provide them with extensive chances to take responsibility and to think for themselves.”

  • “Adults are caring. Children are kept safe. Adults all know each child and provide for their individual needs extremely well.”


The school is easily reached from most areas of London being situated in Kennington and only minutes away from Oval Underground Station.

Visits to the school are always welcome.


  • “Pupils' behaviour is second to none. They are eager to learn. They are kind, confident, articulate young people. They respect those from all backgrounds and heritages.”

  • “The school's values are shared by its whole community. Pupils leave Ashmole exceptionally well prepared to take their place in society as fully rounded citizens.”

  • “All adults share the drive to raise pupils' aspirations and provide them with extensive chances to take responsibility and to think for themselves.”

  • “Adults are caring. Children are kept safe. Adults all know each child and provide for their individual needs extremely well.”


The school is easily reached from most areas of London being situated in Kennington and only minutes away from Oval Underground Station.

Visits to the school are always welcome.

Holmewood Nursery school is situated in Central Lambeth, off Brixton Hill.  The school is located in a densely populated area of contrasting households in terms of culture, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.


Holmewood provides education for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), with 95 full time equivalent places in the main nursery (2 - 4 year olds) and 12 full time equivalent places in the two year old provision.  The school's intake is very culturally diverse with a high percentage of children from mixed, or Black-British / Caribbean / African backgrounds. Nearly half of the children speak English as an additional language, with many at the early stages of learning English.


Holmewood is federated with Maytree and Triangle Nursery Schools.  As a Federated Nursery School, Holmewood is led by an Executive Head Teacher, Head of School and teachers working with other qualified early years practitioners. Holmewood offers highly inclusive education with qualified and caring staff.  It has rich and varied indoor and outdoor learning environments that allow children to play and be active in developing and acquiring new skills and knowledge; children are well motivated and are thoroughly absorbed in their learning.


They are encouraged to experiment and explore and children are very well challenged to enable them to take risks safely and develop their own problem solving skills. Outdoor learning is supported through the Natural Thinkers curriculum and an extensive allotment.


Each child is allocated a Key Person, one of our skilled early years educators or teachers. They get to know the children in their group very well and work in collaboration with their parents. Teachers and practitioners support, encourage and facilitate learning opportunities so that children are happy, confident and independent learners.


All teachers and practitioners have a thorough understanding of children’s early learning and development and the early years foundation stage and understand the importance of working together with parents and other professionals.


At Holmewood, we believe in investing in professional development and bespoke training to meet individual needs so that all teachers and practitioners feel motivated and committed to the continuing success of the school.


Visits to the school can be arranged by contacting the school office.

Number of Pupils: 200
Ages: 5 - 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Type of School: Voluntary Aided

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