The OHC&AT Family

Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT) is a family of specialist education providers for pupils and students from nursery through to further education across London, Surrey, Sussex and Berkshire. The uniqueness of OHC&AT is that it is fully representative of all designations of special education needs and disabilities. Across the whole organisation there are a range of experts and practitioners who advocate for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities to ensure they receive the best possible opportunities to achieve their full potential.

Orchard Hill College

Orchard Hill College (OHC) was established in 1983 and has grown from a small hospital provision into an Outstanding College that operates from nine college centres across London and provides post-16 education for approximately 400 students with mild, moderate, severe and profound learning needs. The College Centres are:

  • Beaconsfield Centre, New Malden
  • Camberwell Road, Camberwell
  • Lomond House, Camberwell
  • Robin Hood Centre
  • Vocational Centre, Wandsworth
  • Vocational Progression Centre (VPC), Carshalton
  • Park View Centre, Uxbridge
  • Garratt House, Beddington
  • The Old Town Hall, Sutton

Orchard Hill College Academy Trust

Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (OHCAT) was established in 2013 by Orchard Hill College to share its expertise and provide services and support to specialist schools. The Trust is now home to 14 special schools as follows:

  • Addington Valley Academy in Croydon is a 150 place school specialising in autism and complex needs for pupils aged 2-19.
  • Arbour Vale School in Slough for 335 pupils aged 2-19 with a range of educational needs including severe learning difficulties with profound and multiple needs.
  • Bedelsford School in Kingston for 120 pupils aged 2-19 with a wide range of physical disabilities, including profound and multiple learning difficulties, multi sensory impairment and complex health needs.
  • Brantridge School in Haywards Heath is a 54 place school for boys aged 6-11 with social, emotional and mental health needs and autistic spectrum conditions. The school has approval to expand its provision to include a secondary co-education provision offering 134 places in total but requires a new building to house the additional pupils.
  • Carew Academy in Wallington is for 230 pupils aged 7-19 with a wide range of ability levels and additional learning needs, including complex autism.
  • Dysart School in Surbiton provides for 150 pupils aged 4-19 with a range of severe and complex learning needs and autism. In addition Dysart School runs two satellite sites to help meet the need for high-quality SEN places in the borough of Kingston.
  • Grafham Grange in Guildford provides for up to 70 pupils aged 10-16 with autistic spectrum conditions and speech, language and communication difficulties.
  • Nightingale Community Academy in Wandsworth provides for up to 120 boys aged 5-19 who have social, emotional, and mental health needs.
  • St Dominic’s School in Godalming is 150 pupils aged 7-19 with speech, language and communication needs and autistic spectrum disorder.
  • St Philip’s School in Chessington is for 185 pupils aged 9-19 with a wide range of ability levels and additional learning needs including complex autism.
  • The Link School in Beddington provides for 148 pupils aged 4-18 whose primary need is speech, language and communication including autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance. It has a satellite provision which provides a safe and nurturing environment for autistic young people who show demand avoidant profiles.
  • The Skills Hub in Hillingdon offers an alternative provision to mainstream education for up to 120 aged 5-19 to prepare them for adult life and employment.
  • Unified Academy in Dorking provides for up to 120 boys aged 9-16 who have social, emotional and mental health needs.
  • The PRIDE Academy in Hillingdon provides for 110 pupils aged 11-19 with social, emotional and mental health needs.


Central Support

Central Support  – OHC&AT provides a range of support services and support to its academies and College centres:

  • Quality and Standards including comprehensive advice, support and guidance with quality of teaching, progress and achievement, action planning and ‘health checks’.
  • Learning Support including therapy, nursing, family support, child protection and safeguarding, behaviour support, SEMH support and assessments and placements service
  • Business Support including finance, HR, IT, marketing, governance and clerking, payroll and pensions, health and safety, occupational health, estates and premises management