Information for parents and carers


We are accredited with the Matrix standard which acknowledges the effective delivery of information, advice and guidance provided by the College to support students in their choice of learning, work and life goals.

If you would like information or have a query please call 0345 402 0453.

Click here to read the latest parent and carer newsletter, Family Matters.

Financial support for students

Bursaries are available to students who face financial barriers to participating in education to help with costs such as transport, meals, books and equipment. For more information or an application form, please contact:

Mary Jones

Freedom passes

A Freedom Pass is provided by your local borough councils to give older and disabled Londoners free travel on almost all public transport in London. If you live in London and you have a disability you could be entitled to a Freedom Pass.

Click here for more information or to apply.

18+ Student Oyster cards

The scheme allows you to get 30% off the price of adult rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets if you live within greater London. There is different eligibility criteria for students on full and part time courses. For more information or to apply go to:

NUS (National Union of Students)

The College is registered with NUS so students can apply for NUS cards to receive discounts. To apply go to the website below. Orchard Hill College will appear on the drop down list for 'Place of Study'.

Information on Authorities' Local Offers can be found by clicking the links below:






Organisations our students work with include:

Qualify Me: training the local workforce in construction skills

Places for People Leisure Centres

Capital Hair and Beauty

Childline: Free phone number: 0800 1111 National organisation offering online support and telephone support to young people in distress. Top Tip: If you do not get along with the person you speak to over the phone, hang up and re-dial- they don't mind.

Samaritans: call free any time, from any phone on 116 123. National organisation which offers 24 hour telephone and face to face emotional support to people in distress. Website offers useful information pages about different mental health difficulties.

Young Minds: Young Minds promotes mental health issues within young people. A wealth of information about different mental health issues which affect young people. A range of information and leaflets can be downloaded.