• Budding photographers

    Budding photographers

    Last year, Room 19 entered the 'My Place Photography Competition'. Pupils were encouraged through the competition to explore their surroundings...
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    Outdoor Learning does water play

    Outdoor Learning does water play

    Over the last few weeks classes have been exploring water in Outdoor Education lessons.  We have poured, splashed, sprayed, puddled...
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    Room 16 Toaster Training

    Room 16 Toaster Training

    Room 16 have been working hard learning to use the toaster in class. We are enjoying the smells, tastes and...
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    A busy start in Room 15

    A busy start in Room 15

    Room 15 have been incredibly busy these last few weeks!  Alongside building relationships and establishing routines, we’ve also been hard...
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    Redecorating Room 14

    Redecorating Room 14

    The boys of Room 14 have settled back to school well but our classroom was a wee bit boring.  So...
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    Tattie Salad fresh from the Poly Tunnel

    Tattie Salad fresh from the Poly Tunnel

    This week some of the pupils have explored the potatoes we grew at school and have experienced making potato salad...
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    Starting back in Room 18

    Starting back in Room 18

    We have had a very busy start to the term.  Some of our favourite activities have included rounders outside, floating...
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    Story Time in Room 12

    Story Time in Room 12

    Room 12 listened very carefully to our story “A Funny Thing Happened on the way to School” by Benjamin Chaud...
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    Welcome back to Room 17!

    Welcome back to Room 17!

    Welcome Back! Room 17 have enjoyed settling back into a new school year after the summer holidays. We have really...
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    Physical Wellbeing this year

    The PE department is transitioning from Physical Education to Physical Wellbeing.  This term our focus is to regain and consolidate...
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Our Profile

Our Profile

Orchard Brae School is an all through free standing special school for pupils age 3-18 with profound, multiple and complex needs. Orchard Brae opened on 21st August 2017.  The school is a citywide provision and is situated in the north of Aberdeen City. It is the amalgamation of 3 specialist provisions – Woodlands School, Hazlewood School (both 5-18 free standing provisions) and the Preschool ASN Service, all of which are now closed.

Orchard Brae is a new purpose-built facility which has been specially designed to meet the needs of the children and young people who attend. It has a range of fully accessible specialist teaching areas that accommodate the sensory requirements of pupils. There are tracking hoists throughout and specially widened doors and corridors. There are 3 distinct areas all of which are equipped with sensory, soft play, therapy and general-purpose rooms. The whole school facilities include: a multi-purpose hall, deck level trampoline, swimming pool, hydro pool, HE and art rooms.  The outdoor learning space is varied and large, with a good range of fixed play equipment as well as creative landscaping which lends itself to future development. The nursery, sensory, wildlife and growing gardens are also in the early stages of development.

The school has a roll of 126 children with an additional 40 place nursery; the school roll is predicted to remain constant for the foreseeable future.  The school has a management team of an Executive Head Teacher, Three Head of Areas – Head of Secondary, Head of Primary and Head of Early Learning and Child Care and four Principal Teachers, one of whom leads the Autism Outreach Service. There are 18 classes, 4 nursery classes (2 of which are based within Ashgrove Children’s Centre) plus 2 citywide outreach services – Autism Outreach Service and MOVE/Moving and Handling Team. The full-time equivalent teaching staff is 40.12fte, Early Years Practitioner 23.94Fte and Pupil Support Assistant staff is 52Fte.

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