This section provides information to help you apply for a place at Orchard Hill College.

It provides dates for the Open Events where you can meet the teams, have a look at the College facilities and ask any questions you may have. The College Prospectus is also provided so you can read about the courses we have on offer. There is also information on the College’s Admissions arrangements as well as our application forms.

For more information on the Admissions Process, please see the steps below:

Where an Expression of Interest is received, we will need to discuss this further with your LA before continuing the process show below. For consultations received, the team will start to process your paperwork and follow the process shown below.

  • Based on your EHCP assessment we will complete a curriculum rationale.
  • We may decide that we can meet your needs based on the consultation within 15 days, using the information on your EHCP. Sometimes we require further information to decide this.
  • We will carry out an initial face to face assessment in your school, home or at college with the curriculum team. This assessment normally lasts a couple of hours.
  • You will then receive a Therapy and Nursing assessment (if required). This may take place during the curriculum assessment, in one session or they may meet you separately.
  • A panel decision meeting is held by the College to decide if we are able to offer you a place and at which centre this will be. Your centre will be allocated according to your current address and needs.
  • An offer letter will be sent to you, your parents/carers and Local Authority.
  • You will be asked to confirm acceptance of your place in collaboration with your Local Authority.
  • Where possible we will attend your annual review.
  • You will be invited to attend a transition programme, during either a morning or afternoon session in the Summer Term.
  • If a bespoke transition programme is required, we will discuss this with you.
  • A transition pack will be sent to assist you in readiness for the transition programme.
  • You will be visited at home by members of the curriculum team and a therapist, where applicable.
  • You will receive a welcome letter from the curriculum team.