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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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Matrix quality standard achieved!

We’re delighted to announce the college has become re-accredited to the Matrix quality standard, following a short assessment visit. The report found: “Orchard Hill College is a listening organisation, with the Review highlighting many examples of how the staff and learner …

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Digital School Development Day

Staff and students from OHC&AT’s Digital School, hosted their first Development Day and it was a huge success!  Students did a great job communicating their wish list for the future of the Digital School, from investigating new technologies to getting …

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VPC Welcome Visitors

Staff and students at VPC welcomed two special visitors this week, Fiona Phelps,  Assistant Director, Education and SEND (LBS) and Head of SEND Team Manager, Amalia Banon. Student, Lukas and Head of Centre, Linda Rowe gave Fiona and Amalia a …

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Autumn Art Sessions at Wyvern House

Students at Wyvern House took part in an autumn art session where they made a decoration using leaves that they had collected on an earlier trip to the park. Senior Teaching Aide, Caroline supported students to paint the leaves using …

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