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Welcome to Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust

It has been a privilege to be part of the amazing growth and transformation of Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust over recent years and there are exciting times ahead as we consolidate our reputation as a family of high quality education providers.

Improving opportunities and outcomes for our pupils and students remains at the heart of all that we do. For children and young people, especially those with special educational needs or who experience other barriers to learning, our 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 that we aim to deliver.

We are steadily extending the reach of our provision within our local communities from primary through secondary to further education, smoothing transitions and giving pupils and students the benefit of expertise generated from our collegiate approach to knowledge-sharing amongst our staff. All of this is underpinned by a suite of shared services whose expert staff work closely with students and staff in each school/College centre and with affiliates and commissioning organisations to improve educational and operational quality at every level to benefit our students.

In addition we have a Digital School which is a student-run project developing innovative and inclusive technological solutions, and the Training School offering teacher training courses and apprenticeships.

Dr Caroline Allen OBE - Principal & CEO
Peter Lauener - Chair, Orchard Hill College
Jay Mercer - Chair, Orchard Hill College Academy Trust


Pupil success, equality of opportunity, mutual benefit and respect for all in our communities are at the heart of what we do.


Our college centres & Academies

This is a very exciting and pivotal moment in the lives of St Dominic’s, Brantridge and Grafham Grange schools.  Academy conversion under the sponsorship of OHC&AT will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.   We are looking forward to a bright future as part of the OHC&AT family.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

Latest News

Mum Turns Author

Nadine Neckles, is a special needs blogger and life coach who has written for leading disability charities including Carers UK, Caring at the Chaos and Firefly. She is also Mum and full-time carer to her six year old daughter who …

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Ofsted report confirms Nightingale Community Academy’s view of excellent progress since academy conversion

Nightingale Community Academy was pleased to have a recent visit from Ofsted. The latest report confirms the school has made excellent progress since joining OHCAT and converting to academy status. The report found: “The principal and leadership team, well supported …

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Retirement message from Dr Caroline Allen, OBE

I will be retiring from Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust this summer, after 32 years. They have been 32 truly amazing years and I want to thank so many pupils and students, staff, families and professional colleagues as I …

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Bedelsford School continues to be ‘Outstanding’

We’re delighted to announce that following its short Ofsted inspection in December Bedelsford School continues to be Outstanding! The report found: “You and your team have extremely high aspirations for your pupils and you lead a truly inspirational school.” “Maximum …

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