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Welcome to Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust

It has been a privilege to be part of the amazing growth and transformation of Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust over recent years and there are exciting times ahead as we consolidate our reputation as a family of high quality education providers.

Improving opportunities and outcomes for our pupils and students remains at the heart of all that we do. For children and young people, especially those with special educational needs or who experience other barriers to learning, our world can present many challenges. All young people deserve to leave education confident that they have developed the skills they need to achieve their ambitions, with meaningful education, work and life experiences to draw on. This is the confidence that we aim to deliver.

We are steadily extending the reach of our provision within our local communities from primary through secondary to further education, smoothing transitions and giving pupils and students the benefit of expertise generated from our collegiate approach to knowledge-sharing amongst our staff. All of this is underpinned by a suite of shared services whose expert staff work closely with students and staff in each school/College centre and with affiliates and commissioning organisations to improve educational and operational quality at every level to benefit our students.

In addition we have a Digital School which is a student-run project developing innovative and inclusive technological solutions, and the Training School offering teacher training courses and apprenticeships.

Dr Caroline Allen OBE - Principal & CEO
Darren Coghlan - Chair, Orchard Hill College
Jay Mercer - Chair, Orchard Hill College Academy Trust


Pupil success, equality of opportunity, mutual benefit and respect for all in our communities are at the heart of what we do.


Our college centres & Academies

This is a very exciting and pivotal moment in the lives of St Dominic’s, Brantridge and Grafham Grange schools.  Academy conversion under the sponsorship of OHC&AT will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.   We are looking forward to a bright future as part of the OHC&AT family.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

Latest News

Arbour Vale School joins OHCAT

We’re delighted to announce that Arbour Vale School has officially joined the Orchard Hill College Academy Trust family. Arbour Vale School supports pupils from ages of 2 to 19 with a range of educational needs including severe learning difficulties with profound …

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DfE Strategic School Improvement Fund Success!

Over the summer we received news that Hillingdon local authority’s application to the DfE Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF), with The Skills Hub and Young Peoples Academy as Lead Partner in the project, was successful. This is fantastic news as …

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The Skills Hub ‘Continues to be Good’ following Ofsted’s Short Inspection

Students, staff, governors and the wider school community are celebrating the results of their recent Ofsted short inspection (June 2018), in which the inspectors judged that The Skills Hub ‘Continues to be Good’. This is the first Ofsted inspection since …

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Young People’s Academy is praised by Ofsted and given a consistent grade of ‘Good’ across all inspection areas

Students and staff at Young People’s Academy (YPA) are celebrating the results of their Ofsted inspection, in which the school was rated ‘Good’ in all categories and received a strongly favourable report. YPA, a special school in Hillingdon, has said …

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