10 Year Celebration

We are delighted to be celebrating 10 years at the Old Town Hall in Wallington and will be celebrating with a community event on:

Monday 14th July from 12.30pm till 2.30pm outside the Old Town Hall.

There will be music, refreshments, stalls and lots more.

Feel free to come along and join in the celebrations!

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Principal’s update – Summer term

Caroline

Following our fantastic Ofsted, we have been very busy! We have been overwhelmed with the kind comments from everyone congratulating us on achieving Outstanding and we are very grateful to you all for working with us to keep on improving for our students.

We are continuing, as always, to develop further our learning opportunities with our students, including some very exciting e-learning resources, our student run radio station and our new traineeship offer. Thank you to all our students, staff and colleagues for helping with these improvements. We have also announced a new ‘Post College Programme’ offer for students who would like to continue to work with us to sustain their achievements in their local communities.

Finally, a big thank you to our Local Authority and Housing Associations colleagues who have been working very hard to help us in securing our student destinations post College. We are very happy to see so many of our students being supported in continuing their journey to improved work, living and learning outcomes.

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Principal’s update – Spring 2014

Caroline

Good news from Orchard Hill College to start the year!

We were inspected by Ofsted in November and the report has now been published, so I am able to share the findings with you:-

Overall effectiveness Outstanding-1
Outcomes for learners Outstanding-1
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding-1
Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding-1

Our students have demonstrated to Ofsted their fantastic achievements and their outstanding contribution to the development of the College. Thank you to our students who all contribute to making the College outstanding. Ofsted said:

“Outcomes for learners are outstanding. Learners successfully work towards goals for independence, supported living, making use of their local community facilities and services, work and further learning”.

Excellent standards of learning, teaching, specialist support and assessment that supports our learners achieve in and out of College. Ofsted said:

“ Teaching, learning and assessment are excellent….behaviour management and specialist therapeutic support are excellent …The extremely diverse programmes that meet learners’ individual needs, interests and aspirations, prepare them very well for life after College”

Outstanding opportunities and resources to progress in and out of College. Ofsted said

“All five learning centres are welcoming places for learners. An excellent range of resources assists their learning. The development of e-learning resources is outstanding and enables learners to develop appropriate means of communication very well, according to their individual need”

The College strategy of supporting learning within the local community is highly dependent on positive partnerships with Local Authorities. The whole staff team and Governors have worked hard to improve all aspects of the College. Ofsted looked very closely at all aspects of our work and Ofsted were extremely impressed by the strategy and the way in which LAs are helping us to achieve better outcomes:

“The vision of leaders and managers and its well-planned implementation, that has created learning centres in the communities where learners live, is outstanding. The college’s work with partners to improve and extend the curriculum is outstanding and benefits learners enormously”

The College demonstrated it had highly effective partnership with families, employers, providers, community groups and agencies. The management and development of learner voice, communication and advocacy skills was also seen as key strength.

“The College continues to demonstrate its highly developed culture of respect and inclusion that exists between staff and learners. The College actively encourages their input about how well the provision meets their needs across all areas of their programme, through a particularly effective range of activities. Learners understand that their voice has value and that their opinions on the College have impact”

You can view the full report here.

We have so much still to do! Thank you for all your support. Please continue to work with us so that our students get the very best outcomes from their College experience.

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Allen

Dr Caroline Allen OBE
Principal

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