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Welcome

It is a tremendous privilege to be the CEO of Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT). We are a family of specialist education providers from pre-school through to further education across London, Surrey, Sussex and Berkshire and fully represent all designations of special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

Working together to transform lives is what we do and across the whole organisation we have a range of experts and practitioners who advocate for children and young people with SEND to ensure they receive the best possible opportunities to achieve their full potential.

Since the College was established in 1983 it has grown from a small hospital provision into an Outstanding College that operates from eight college centres and provides post-16 education for students with moderate, complex and profound learning needs. In 2013, the College established the Trust to share its expertise and provide services and support to specialist schools. The Trust is now home to 14 special schools and we have three live Free School projects in progress with projected opening dates ranging from 2022 to 2024.

It is an exciting time to be part of OHC&AT. Whether you are a parent or carer looking for a high quality special school or college for your child, an educator, therapist or leader looking to progress your career or a governor of a school looking to work closely with others, I do hope that you find the information on our website helpful and that it gives you an insight into all that we stand for.

John Prior - CEO
Peter Lauener - Chair, Orchard Hill College
Jay Mercer - Chair, Orchard Hill College Academy Trust


“Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust exists to support, enable and champion the talents, skills and rights of the most complex and vulnerable people in our society in order that we can release their potential, promote their wellbeing and transform their lives.”


Our college centres & Academies

As a community of learners, families and colleagues OHC&AT believes that by working collaboratively, with energy and ambition we can always effect positive change. No limit is placed on what is possible and everyone has the ability to be the very best they can be.

Latest News

Arbour Vale School Consultation

Arbour Vale School (AVS) is undertaking a consultation to request a change to the funding agreement arrangements that it holds with the Department for Education (DfE). The school is consulting on the proposal to make permanent an incremental increase within …

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Queen Elizabeth II

Following the sad news of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, we offer our sincere condolences as an organisation and express our gratitude for the exceptional and tireless service she gave to our country and beyond for seventy years …

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Staff Share Best Practice

The Integrated Service Team Conference brought together therapy, nursing and education staff from schools and college centres across the Trust. Those attending were able to hear from leading professionals in the field of therapeutic SEND education, as well as network …

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‘Good’ Ofsted for Brantridge

We are delighted to announce that Brantridge School has been judged by Ofsted to be Good overall and Outstanding in the area of personal development. The school was inspected in May 2022, it’s first inspection since it converted to an …

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