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About Young People’s Academy

Young People’s Academy is a secondary special school for students with social, emotional and mental health needs. We recognise that the majority of our students thrive via a varied curriculum that is practical based and introduces students to and enhances their experiences via an enrichment programme.

We understand that many of our students arrive at Young People’s Academy having had very difficult experiences of school in the past. With the skill and dedication of our staff, we aim to reconnect them with education so they can make progress to becoming successful adults via a reflective approach. Reflection and restorative practice, as opposed to detentions and exclusions, is used to help students understand what is currently happening, what they are trying and using well, and how they can move forward.

Young People’s Academy is determined that students will leave with academic outcomes that reflects the best of their abilities, able to sustain relationships and employment and maintain healthy households.

Our 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

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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DfE approves OHCAT’s Free School bid for Hounslow

The Department for Education has approved Orchard Hill College Academy Trust’s (OHCAT) Free School bid for a special school in Hounslow to meet the local need for school places for children with complex social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). …

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Chart Wood School joins Orchard Hill College Academy Trust

We’re delighted to announce that Chart Wood School has officially joined Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (OHCAT). Chart Wood School is located in Surrey and is a special day/boarding school for boys (105 day pupils and 24 boarders) aged 9 …

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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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