Principal’s Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to our school, which is part of The Mead Educational Trust (TMET). In the Secondary phase, we work closely with Rushey Mead Academy and Leicester’s newest Secondary School Castle Mead Academy to provide the best education for children in our respective communities.

The Trust includes several of our feeder primary schools such as Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy, Thurnby Mead Primary Academy, North Mead Primary Academy, Rowlatts Hill Primary Academy and Kestrels Field Primary Academy. This makes for continuity of learning for these children and we also welcome students from other areas of the city. I cannot tell you how excited and honoured I am to serve the families of Orchard Mead.

Our school has been on a rapid journey of school improvement in recent years. To celebrate our transformation – and emphasise our connection with the Mead family of schools and our commitment to offering a first-class education – we changed our name to Orchard Mead Academy in September 2019.

Previous to this role, I was a Senior Leader responsible for Educational Excellence in two high performing Schools in the City. For me, the most satisfying aspect of being a leader is the opportunities that it has given me to help my schools become an integral part of the local community. I believe that schools are not just places; they are journeys. My aim is that by the end of every journey, each student will leave, having become kind and responsible. It will not always be easy, but we are clear that with hard work, we can achieve anything. We do not want any student to put a ceiling on their ambitions, as the more they learn and grow, the more they will accomplish. It is the job of schools and parents to help children realise their talents and flourish. We will work relentlessly to help your child secure a very bright future for themselves and our excellent pastoral support system will ensure that students are helped to do their best and are happy in school. We want students to feel safe, nurtured and supported.

Our Orchard Oath of Work Hard, Be Kind, Be Responsible provides a framework for personal conduct and growth for students.   From the moment a student arrives at Orchard Mead Academy, students will be supported and challenged to meet these expectations:

  1. Work Hard – We promote resilience, grit and determination so students learn that success needs hard work and effort
  2. Be kind– We aim to develop respectful, tolerant students who are kind to everyone.
  3. Be Responsible – We encourage students to make a positive difference to themselves and the world around them.

We take pride in our challenging and well-designed curriculum which seeks to give all our students access to a broad, rich and deep education. A significant proportion of our students study the English Baccalaureate set of subjects to GCSE level, highlighting our drive to ensure all students benefit from an academic and enriching curriculum. Alongside traditional subjects, sport, music and the arts are highly valued. All of this allows our students to leave us as well rounded aspirational young people, ready for the challenges the next phase in life brings them.

We value the support and contribution made by parents and carers. We know that parents and carers are vitally important to our children’s success and we encourage our parents to stay in contact and be involved in the school.

Please look around our website to see what we have to offer, and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions

  • Imtiaz Patel, Principal
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