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Timeline of our development

A timeline of OHC&AT’s development since 2013…

September 2013 Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (OHCAT) is established in 2013 by Orchard Hill College in response to a request from Sutton Council and the DfE to sponsor Carew Manor School (now Carew Academy).

September 2013  Carew Academy joins OHCAT. Carew Academy is located in Sutton and provides for pupils aged 7-19 with additional and complex learning needs.

April 2015  Young People’s Academy joins OHCAT. Young People’s Academy is located in Hillingdon and provides for pupils aged 11-16 with social, emotional and mental health needs.

September 2015  The Skills Hub joins OHCAT. The Skills Hub is located in Hillingdon and provides for pupils aged 11-16 who require an alternative provision.

September 2015  The Digital School, a student driven enterprise that develops innovative and engaging digital resources for students, staff and the wider community, is established.

September 2015  The Training School, which offers teacher training, CPD, research and development and careers advice and guidance, is established.

April 2016  St Philip’s School joins OHCAT. St Philip’s School is located in Chessington and provides for pupils aged 9 -19 with moderate learning needs.

April 2016  Bedelsford School joins OHCAT. Bedelsford School is located in Kingston and provdes for pupils aged 2-19 with profound and multiple learning needs.

April 2016  Dysart School joins OHCAT. Dysart is located in Surbiton and provides for pupils aged 4-19 with a range of severe and complex learning needs.

September 2016  Nightingale Community Academy joins OHCAT. Nightingale is located in Wandsworth and provides for boys aged 5-19 with social emotional and mental health needs.

July 2017  The Link Primary School joins OHCAT. The Link Primary is located in Sutton and provides for pupils aged 4-11 whose primary needs is speech, language and communication.

July 2017  The Link Secondary School joins OHCAT. The Link Secondary is located in Sutton and provides for pupils aged 11-19 whose primary need is speech, language and communication.

September 2017  Wyvern House College Centre opens in Hillingdon. Wyvern House accommodates 30 pupils aged 16+.

January 2018  St Dominic’s School joins OHCAT. St Dominic’s School is located in Surrey and provides for pupils aged 7-19 with specific learning difficulties, speech, language and communication needs and ASD.

January 2018  Brantridge School joins OHCAT. Brantridge School is located in West Sussex and provides for pupils aged 6-13 with social, emotional and mental health needs.

January 2018  Grafham Grange School joins OHCAT. Grafham Grange is located in Surrey and provides for pupils aged 10-19 with social, emotional and mental health needs.

September 2018 Garrett House, which formerly accommodated The Link Primary reception aged children, is transformed into an independent living facility for the OHC&AT Sutton schools and College Centres to access.

November 2018 Arbour Vale School joins OHCAT. Arbour Vale School is located in Slough and provides for pupils aged 2 to 19 with a range of educational needs including severe learning difficulties with profound and multiple needs.

January 2019 Chart Wood School joins OHCAT. Chart Wood School is located in Surrey and and provides for pupils aged 9 to 16 years who have social, emotional and mental health needs. Some pupils also have moderate learning and attachment difficulties.

September 2020 Addington Valley Academy, our first free school opens in a temporary building in Croydon for Year 7 pupils.

September 2020 Chart Wood School moves to a new site in Dorking and is renamed Unified Academy.

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

September 2021 Addington Valley Academy moves to its brand new Free School Building in Croydon. Addington Valley Academy is a co-educational special school and will grow to offer 150 places for children and young people aged 2-19 who have autism and social communication, cognitive, sensory and social, emotional, and behavioural needs.

September 2021 Robin Hood College Centre opens in Sutton and will accommodate up to 30 students. The centre is used as a base for WorkStart and Apprenticeship programmes, as well as the Diploma in Education and Teaching course

September 2021 Addington Valley College Centre opens and is co-located with Addington Valley Academy for up to 10 students

April 2022 The Young People’s Academy moves into a brand new purpose-built school and is rebranded The PRIDE Academy to reflect the school’s values of Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Empathy.

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

Approval of the Merger and Expansion of The Link Schools

Our proposal to the DfE to formally merge The Link Primary and The Link Secondary Schools to become one entity and to introduce a satellite site to educate additional children has been approved and will take effect from September 2022. The …

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AVA welcomes local MP Sarah Jones

Local MP, Sarah Jones visited Addington Valley Academy to see students and staff in their new school building and there was plenty to get involved with. Students, Brendan and Shaun were ready to welcome our visitor and presented her with …

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New PRIDE Academy

The Young People’s Academy has moved into it’s fantastic new purpose-built site and the school has been rebranded as The PRIDE Academy to reflect the school’s PRIDE values or Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Empathy. All pupils and their families …

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Technology Award Win

Congratulations to staff and students from Bedelsford School and Orchard Hill College whose collaboration with Kingston University’s Ubitech project has won two awards in the Kingston Borough Business Awards 2021. The project won both of the categories that they were …

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