The Orchards was the first special free school in Trafford and caters for 4–11 years old students with complex learning needs. The Orchards is operated by The Dunham Trust which also operates Elmridge Primary School and Acre Hall Primary School. The Dunham Trust appointed Place Group to provide project management support for the pre–opening phase including advice on governance, education, finance and stakeholder consultation.

“The Project Manager guided the project with skill and determination. The approach was highly professional with a human face, this was much appreciated. The Project Manager was an excellent lead, he created trusted relationships with the DfE and EFA which was invaluable.”  Jo Appleyard, Executive Principal, The Dunham Trust