Our Progress so far

OHC&AT was formed in 2013 and since then we have made significant progress as one organisation to provide pupils and students with as many opportunities, resources and quality learning experiences as possible.  Some of our key achievements to date are set out below.

Improved Quality and Standards

Nightingale Community Academy has improved its overall grade from ‘inadequate (special measures)’ to ‘Requires Improvement’. The School now has ‘good’ leadership and management and the provision for pupils and students’ personal development, behaviour and welfare is also now ‘good’. (January 2019).

St Philip’s School continues to be ‘Good’ (December 2018)

Bedelsford School continues to be ‘Outstanding’ (December 2018)

Dysart School continues to be ‘Outstanding’ (November 2018)

Orchard Hill College Matrix Re-accredited (October 2018)

The Skills Hub continues to be ‘Good’ (Ofsted June 2018)

Young People’s Academy moves from Requires Improvement to ‘Good’ (Ofsted March 2018)

Carew Academy moves from Inadequate to ‘Good’ (Ofsted July 2015)

Orchard Hill College moves from Good to ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted Nov 2013)

 Partnership working with Local Authorities

Successful application (January 2019) for a new Free School in Hounslow to provide 64 specialist places for pupils with SEMH needs aged between 11and 19 years of age.

The Skills Hub and Young People’s Academy are lead partners in Hillingdon Local Authority’s successful application (July 2018) to the DfE Strategic School Improvement Fund.

In partnership with Kingston Council, St Philip’s School introduces Year 5 & 6 provision from September 2018 to meet demand for high quality SEN places in the borough.

Successful application (March 2018) for a new Free School in Croydon to provide high quality school and nursery places for 150 pupils from 2 – 19 year olds with autism spectrum disorder.

Significant increase in pupil numbers across all provisions to meet demand from local authorities for high quality placements


Successful SEND apprenticeship pilots at Orchard Hill College in 2016-17

Apprenticeship programmes in Healthcare Support Worker, Supporting Teaching and Learning and Customer Service offered across OHC&AT from September 2017

New School Buildings and Capital Bids

Free School application for a new school for Carew Academy is successful (October 2016). The new purpose built school will accommodate 246 pupils with a planned opening of September 2020.

Free School application for a new school for Young People’s Academy and The Skills Hub in Hillingdon is successful (October 2016).  Up to 220 students from Year 7 to post 16 will be accommodated in the new build with a planned opening of December 2020 for YPA and 2021 for The Skills Hub.

Successful capital bids across the OHC&AT family of £770K in 2017/18 to improve resources for our pupils and students.

The Digital School

The Digital School is established in 2015, a student driven enterprise that develops innovative and engaging digital resources for students, staff and the wider community.

Sharespace, a safe and secure way for our students to access social networking, is launched in 2016

Contour, an e-learning portfolio designed by students to track their learning journey, is launched in 2015 and used by OHC&AT students and other external schools

In September 2018, Riverside cafe in Sutton is home to ‘Digi Cafe’, a dedicated space for students to help members of the community develop their digital skills.

The Training School

The Training School, which offers teacher training, CPD, research and development and careers advice and guidance, is established in 2015.

In 2017/18 we start the Diploma in Education and Training (DET) in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University and Award in Education (AET).

In 2018/19 we offer a leadership and management programme  accredited with CMI to middle leaders across OHC.

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

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