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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

And the winner is…..

After much deliberation and hours of independent judging, artist, Louise Pasquill, has chosen the winners of this year’s OHC&AT Christmas card competition. First place for Primary entries went to William, age 7 at Dysart School and first place for Secondary …

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OHC&AT Christmas Card Competition 2022

Pupils and students across the Trust have done it again! We were inundated with festive designs that have filled the entire reception area in Quadrant House. Thank you to everyone who took part in our competition to design the official …

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Transition Events

We have had a busy week of Transition Events across Orchard Hill College. The aim of these events is to provide information and advice on what provisions students can access in the local area and information on next steps after …

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John Reilly presents at the Schools and Academies Show 2022

John Reilly, Principal of Addington Valley Academy delivered an inspirational session at The Schools and Academies Show 2022. He shared his extensive knowledge and expertise of the needs of young people with SEND and how moving to a purpose-designed school …

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