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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 15 special schools and we have four 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

Addington Valley Academy win prestigious Best School Building award

What an accolade! Addington Valley Academy was awarded ‘Best School Building’ at the National Education Business Awards last week. The awards recognise excellence in the education sector and were presented at a gala dinner in London’s Royal Garden Hotel. This …

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OHC&AT Annual Safeguarding Conference

OHC&AT hosted our third annual Safeguarding Conference this week. The event saw staff from across the Trust join up for a day of training and sharing expertise. This year the conference focused on Suicide Prevention. Papyrus, a UK charity working …

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Slough MP joins Jubilee party at Arbour Vale School

The MP for Slough, Tan Dhesi and the new Mayor of Slough Councillor Dibagh Parmar both joined pupils at Arbour Vale School as they celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Pupils, staff, parents, carers, governors and supporters joined together for a …

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Nomination for a Natspec Award

Orchard Hill College are thrilled to have been nominated for a Natspec Award in Wellbeing and Mental Health. The Natspec Awards aim to recognise and celebrate excellent practice in the specialist further education sector. The goal is to promote innovation, continuous …

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