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Our Progress so far

OHC&AT was formed in 2013 and since then we have made significant progress as one organisation to provide pupils and students with as many opportunities, resources and quality learning experiences as possible.  Some of our key achievements to date are set out below.

Improved Quality and Standards

Grafham Grange School is graded ‘Requires Improvement’ with ‘Good’ for behaviours and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management (Ofsted, February 2020)

Carew Academy moves from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted, January 2020)

Orchard Hill College continues to be ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted, November 2019)

The Link Primary School continues to be ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted, November 2019)

St Dominic’s School Residential Provision continues to be ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted, November 2019)

St Dominic’s School Residential Provision continues to be ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted, February 2019)

Nightingale Community Academy improves its overall grade from’ inadequate’ to ‘Requires Improvement’. (Ofsted, January 2019)

St Philip’s School continues to be ‘Good’ (Ofsted, December 2018)

Bedelsford School continues to be ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted, December 2018)

Dysart School continues to be ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted, November 2018)

Orchard Hill College Matrix Re-accredited (October 2018)

The Skills Hub continues to be ‘Good’ (Ofsted, June 2018)

Young People’s Academy moves from Requires Improvement to ‘Good’ (Ofsted, March 2018)

Carew Academy moves from Inadequate to ‘Good’ (Ofsted, July 2015)

Orchard Hill College moves from Good to ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted, Nov 2013)


Strategic Developments to meet pupil need

Camberwell Road College Centre opens on September 2020 in Camberwell Green to accommodate 47 students aged 16+.

Unified Academy (formerly Chart Wood School) moves to its new site in Dorking from September 2020 and into a newly refurbished school purpose build to meet the needs of its students.

Addington Valley Academy, a new special Free School for Croydon, opens on September 2020 on a temporary site in Canterbury Road, Croydon for a small number of Year 7s. The newly constructed school will open at Field Way, New Addington from September 2021

Dysart School, in partnership with Kingston Council, opens up a satellite provision to meet the need for more high-quality SEN places in the borough from September 2019.

Successful application (January 2019) for a new Free School in Hounslow ‘Wings Academy’ to provide 90 specialist places for pupils with SEMH needs aged between 11 and 19 years of age. Planned opening September 2023.

In partnership with Kingston Council, St Philip’s School introduces Year 5 & 6 provision to meet demand for high quality SEN places in the borough from September 2018.

Successful application (March 2018) for a new Free School in Croydon ‘Addington Valley Academy’ to provide high quality school and nursery places for 150 pupils from 2 – 19 year olds with autism spectrum disorder with a planned opening September 2020.

Free School application for a new school for Carew Academy is successful (October 2016). The new purpose built school ‘Futures Academy’ will accommodate 246 pupils with a planned opening in the academic year 2022.

Free School application for a new school for Young People’s Academy and The Skills Hub in Hillingdon is successful (October 2016).  Up to 220 students from Year 7 to post 16 will be accommodated in the new build with a planned opening in the academic year 2022/2023.




This is a very exciting and pivotal moment in the lives of St Dominic’s, Brantridge and Grafham Grange schools.  Academy conversion under the sponsorship of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

Latest News

Topping Out Ceremony for Addington Valley Academy

Today marked a great milestone in the construction of our first special free school in Croydon. Key stakeholders were invited by building contractor, Kier, to witness the ‘topping out’ of Addington Valley Academy. The virtual ceremony took place on the …

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Tracey Goodsell presents at the Academy Governance Summit 

Tracey Goodsell, Head of Corporate Governance for OHC&AT, was invited to speak at the Academy Governance Summit conference – Delivering resilient governance in academy trusts. The one-day virtual summit was developed for governance professionals, clerks, and anyone responsible for governance in trusts …

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Include Magazine

The latest edition of Include, our annual publication for stakeholders is available to read here.  It features articles from our Leadership Team and success and achievement stories from across the schools and college. If you would like a printed copy …

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Mental health article by Laurie Cornwell published in SEN Magazine

OHC&AT Executive Principal and Deputy CEO, Laurie Cornwell’s article on OHC&AT’s mental health strategy is featured in the January 2021 edition of SEN Magazine. The article illustrates the importance of a whole-school approach to positive mental health and wellbeing. You …

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