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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

Business & Office Managers Network Group

OHC&AT hosted their first academy Business & Office Managers Network Group meeting on 1st March. The group was set up to enable delegates to meet fellow colleagues from other academies within the Trust and put them in contact with each …

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Congrats to the DET graduates!

The first cohort of The Training School’s DET students marked the end of their course and celebrated this huge achievement with a graduation ceremony at Canterbury Christ Church University. The group has completed the Diploma in Education and Training – …

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CEO Appointment

The OHC&AT Board of Directors and some of our pupils, students and staff carried out a competitive CEO recruitment and selection process in February and March. We are delighted to announce that Mr John Prior has been appointed to the …

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Digital Hub launched at The Stoop

Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT) in partnership with The Harlequins Foundation launched a new digital hub based at the home of Harlequins. The Digital Hub, which is being piloted over the next twelve weeks, provides students from a …

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