• Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust, Quadrant House, 8th Floor - The Quadrant, Sutton SM2 5AS
  • 0345 402 0453
  • enquiries@ohcat.org

Adviser Network

At OHC&AT we believe in working very closely with employers and other key community stakeholders, as well as our public sector partners and funders, in order to maximise the benefits which our pupils and students can offer to the workplace and community.

The purpose of the OHC&AT Adviser Network is to draw on the knowledge, influence and skills of respected and talented senior leaders in the private and charity sectors with a commitment to making a difference. The Network will steer the executive team, through the CEO and the Director of Corporate Development, to draw in corporate and philanthropic investment and expert support for the College and the Academies within OHC&AT, the Training School and the student-run Digital School.

Network activity may include:

To act as Ambassadors for enabling pupils and students with special needs to have better lives and give more to their workplace/community through the work of OHC&AT.

Provide expert advice and guidance either directly, or through their networks, to inform the Strategic Plan identified by OHC&AT Trustees and to strengthen OHC&AT’s business cases for development work, which sit under the Strategic Plan.

To support the CEO and Director of Corporate Development in regard to specific projects by establishing social investment opportunities, commercial partnerships, corporate and philanthropic sponsorship, to attract funds which are not available through government grants e.g. the growth of our Digital School, the growth of our Training School and capital projects for enterprise, growth or modernisation.

How it works:

The OHC&AT team provide an initial briefing and regular updates and use advisers as a sounding board; discussing projects and strategy; commenting on plans; creating introductions to other experts/funders. We meet advisers 1-1 at a time and place to suit them. In addition, advisers visit our schools and colleges from time to time and attend some events. It is a flexible arrangement

If you would like to get involved, please contact: Dr Caroline Allen OBE, CEO & Principal on 0345 402 0453 or enquiries@ohcat.org


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 Orchard Hill College Academy Trust will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

Latest News

Farewell to our CEO, Dr Caroline Allen

Alongside the end-of-year festivities across OHC&AT celebrating students’ and pupils’ achievements, we’ve been holding special celebrations to say farewell to our CEO, Dr Caroline Allen, who retires in August.   Students and pupils at each school and college centre planned …

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Deputy CEO appointed

The OHC&AT Board of Directors and some of our pupils, students and staff carried out a competitive Executive Head Teacher/Deputy CEO recruitment and selection process in May. We are delighted to announce that Laurie Cornwell has been appointed to the …

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Safeguarding and Well-being Conference

On 20th June 2019 Orchard Hill College Academy Trust held our first ever Safeguarding and Well-being Conference. It was opened by Dr Caroline Allen, CEO, who gave an account of the benefits of resilience, and some of the developments in …

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