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Welcome to Orchard Hill College. We are a community based specialist college offering educational opportunities for students over 16 years old with a wide range of special needs.

Our ‘can do’ approach permeates every aspect of a young person’s experience. From first contact with the College we are constantly looking at what skills they would like to develop and how these impact on the lives they want to live. Young people develop and mature during their time at College and the dedicated team of support surrounding them offer opportunities that will improve their independence and confidence.

Orchard Hill is an Outstanding College (Ofsted 2013), which we are immensely proud of as this recognises our students’ fantastic work and achievements. Ofsted reported: ‘outcomes for learners are outstanding’, ‘teaching, learning and assessment are excellent’ and ‘the extremely diverse programmes that meet learners’ individual needs, interests and aspirations, prepare them very well for life after College.’

Improving opportunities and outcomes for our students is at the heart of everything we do. For young people, especially those with special needs or who experience other barriers to learning, the world can present many challenges. All young people deserve to leave education confident that they have developed the skills they need to achieve their ambitions, with meaningful education, work and life experiences to draw on. This is the confidence we aim to deliver.

Please get in touch, or visit one of our Open Events to meet the teams, have a look at our facilities and ask any questions you may have.

Dr Caroline Allen OBE - Principal & CEO


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Outcomes for learners are outstanding, teaching, learning and assessment are excellent and the extremely diverse programmes that meet learners’ individual needs, interests and aspirations, prepare them very well for life after College.
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Students Lead the Way in Digital Innovation

A digital showcase event took place at the Virgin Money Lounge in Haymarket last night with students from Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT) Guests from the world of Tech and Education gathered for the “Celebration of Digital Discovery”. …

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A new friendship is made at the friendship group!

Students from ‘The Globe’ (classroom) have been going to a weekly friendship group where they all meet over a drink and share their interests and hobbies. Last week Dylan, a student from a different class took part in the friendship …

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Let’s Dance at Pop Brixton

People First and Disability Lambeth have teamed up and created “Let’s Dance” at Pop Brixton. This is a project which focuses on supporting and engaging the community. A representative from Disability Lambeth said “One of the aims of Let’s Dance …

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Great link with Lawn Tennis Association!

Last week Tennis Coach, Emma Wells donated some of her time to come in and give students a taster tennis session and help them with some of their equipment that the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) kindly donated to the College. …

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