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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
Darren Coghlan - 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

Dysart School ‘continues to be Outstanding’ following Ofsted’s short inspection

Students, staff, governors and the wider school community are celebrating the result of their recent Ofsted short inspection (November 2018), in which the inspectors judged that Dysart School ‘continues to be outstanding’. This is the first Ofsted inspection since Dysart …

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New Digital Skills Qualification

We are proud to announce that our Digital School students’ will be offered an opportunity to work towards an entry level Digital Skills qualification accredited by Ascentis. The qualification is made up of two mandatory modules in Online and Computer …

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Digital School join Cisco Networking Academy

Orchard Hill College (Digital School) have been invited to join the Cisco Networking Academy (CNA). Since 1997, Cisco Networking Academy has been working toward a single goal: fostering the technical and entrepreneurial skills that people, educators, and companies need to …

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OHC&AT Christmas Card Competition 2018

Thank you to pupils and students who took part in our competition to design the official 2018 OHC&AT digital Christmas card. We received an incredible 168 entries, what talented and creative pupils and students we have! The designs filled us …

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