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 15 special schools and we have five live Free School projects in progress with projected opening dates ranging from 2020 to 2023.
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.”
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.
Orchard Hill College has been pleased to be involved in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport Inclusion Hub programme. This was introduced in the 2019/20 academic year as an opportunity for AoC Sport to gather insight into how colleges can …
Ashleigh, one of our Therapists has been training really hard for this years Virgin Money London Marathon. She is raising money for the Orchard Hill College. To donate, please click here. Good luck, Ashleigh!
We are thrilled to announce that Orchard Hill College has won a Natspec Award 2021 for Curriculum Innovation! The college’s nomination was for was the recovery curriculum; RESET, RECOVER, RECONNECT! The creation and implementation of the recovery curriculum was to …
Sarah Gummett-Hart, a Music Therapist at Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust has led a group of therapists from across Natspec (membership organisation for specialist further education) to develop a new toolkit. Natspec has assembled a toolkit to support therapy …