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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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Latest News

Coffee Mornings!

We are pleased to have had a four successful Coffee Mornings taking place at our centres this week. We were thrilled so many parents and carers attended and were able to build new links and network together, exchanging useful tips …

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Digi Café – Official Launch

Principal and CEO, Dr Caroline Allen OBE, Simon Gale, Creative Director of OHC&AT’s Digital School and his team joined students from VPC to officially launch the DigiCafe. Students looked smart in their branded uniforms and were ready to serve customers …

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New DigiCafe opening at the Riverside Centre in Carshalton

A great new initiative from our Digital School is launching at the Riverside Centre on 26 September 2018. Every Wednesday (during term-time) from 11.30am – 1.30pm, you will be able to pop into the DigiCafe for coffee and a slice …

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OHC&AT Film Festival 2018

During the last academic year our Digital School worked closely with students to produce a series of short films. They were guided through the entire creative process of film making from choosing a film genre and coming up with the “big idea” to …

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