Aurora Orchard Manor School

Mission Statement

Orchard Manor offers a supportive living and learning environment for young adults who have complex learning difficulties and is one of the few services in the country that is also able to support those with complex health needs and associated difficulties. These may be as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, degenerative conditions or autism requiring a specialist approach.

The young people may have multiple disabilities, including sensory and physical impairments and benefit from specialist facilities designed to meet their needs.

Accessibility of our service

Fully wheelchair accessible with disabled changing and toilet facilities throughout the site. Hoists throughout the school and children’s home.

How we match the curriculum to your child's needs

Our multidisciplinary team will work with you to build on your strengths and develop new skills and interests, helping you to explore ways to reach your full potential. Listening and understanding to what you want is at the core of everything we do at Orchard, because we want you to feel you are learning, growing and living the life you want at all times.

Life at Orchard is very varied and never boring. No two days are ever the same. Each of you will work with our team to create a personalised individual programme which can include a variety of activities depending on what the desired outcomes are. If you’re looking to develop key life skills, the Skills Development Centre runs a variety of sessions including cooking, personal appearances, shopping and ICT.

For those of you looking to develop your social skills we have a number of sessions where you can try new activities and make friends. With our close connections with the surrounding community, a number of residents utilise off site facilities and activities such as horse riding, rock climbing, cinema, shopping and college courses. Other sessions at the Skills Development Centre include personal appearance, sensory storytelling and art.
Our multi-disciplinary team can also integrate wellbeing sessions into your timetable such as physiotherapy, rebound therapy and hydrotherapy to improve your physical wellbeing. We also understand that for some of you with communication difficulties this may be an area you are keen to develop. Our on-site Speech and Language Therapist can work with you to build your communication skills and help you with any assisted technology you might currently be using or suggest new solutions.

The expertise we have access to

Therapy including physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapy
Nursing Support
Rebound Therapy
Hydro Therapy

How we include your child in extra curricular activities

In the evenings after an action packed day, you can either head back to your flat to relax in your room, socialise with your flat mates in the communal areas, or you might decide to head into the local village or neighbouring town.

How we prepare your child to join us or transfer to another setting


How we match our resources to your child


How we involve parents

Regular parent meetings with principal
Regular communication from the skills tutors and care workers.

How we include your child in the planning of their support

The support provided enables each young person to engage and progress at their own level within a living and learning environment that is all about enriching individual lives and helping everyone to achieve their full potential as they reach adulthood.

Regardless of communication abilities we ensure the young people are given the opportunity to communicate their thoughts, opinions and wishes to ensure we allow them to live the life they want.

General Contact Information

Contact for more information

Fenny Lane, Meldreth, SG8 6LG
01763 268000

Record Last Reviewed On: 30/08/2017