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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


Orchard Hill College has literally changed our lives. The College is second to none; exceptional and life changing. Parent


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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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Christmas in the Community: Sutton

Christmas cheer swept across Sutton today when students from The Link Secondary School, Carew Academy and Orchard Hill College performed in the atrium of the St Nicholas Centre. They were joined by Dr Caroline Allen OBE, Principal and CEO of …

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Christmas Enterprise

Students from VPC set up a beautiful Christmas enterprise stall in Sutton’s Quadrant House. They sold natural, handcrafted soaps, festive chutneys and jams and delicious iced biscuits. They had lots of customers, including many OHC&AT staff, who commented on the …

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Christmas in the Community: Kingston

Our annual Christmas in the Community celebration was off with a bang yesterday! The event is held at each regional hub and gives students and pupils across OHCAT the opportunity to join together to celebrate the festive season with their …

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Making a goal reality!

When Callum started at Orchard Hill College, he said that when he leaves college, he would like to work in a pub. Staff have been working with him to gain the skills and give him the confidence to go out …

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