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The Team

The Digital School is led by Creative Director, Simon Gale, who describes the team as “bound together by our passion for all things digital and our desire to create opportunities for all our students whilst they are with us and when they leave us”.

Simon Gale, Creative Director  – founding member and the driving force behind the Digital School, Simon has worked for Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust for over 15 years and is driven by a passion for digital inclusion and accessibility. He enjoys engaging with and developing ideas and innovations with pupils and students.

Karen Cunningham – Lead Project Manager – Karen joined the team as Lead Project Manager in 2019 and spearheads the Digital School team’s relationship management with key partners and leads on all community based projects.

Simon Adams, Digital Developer  founding member of the Digital School Team and a familiar voice on our weekly student podcasts, Simon has a background in curriculum and edits our digital magazine with students across our College and Academy sites.

Sean McCann, Digital Developer founding member of the Digital School with many years of teaching experience, Sean is enthusiastic about bringing new technologies into the classroom and is passionate about computing and virtual reality being accessible to all students and pupils.

David Noble, Programmer – founding member of the Digital School with over 10 years of ICT experience, David is an expert programmer and collaborates with our students to create resources that enable them to learn and achieve through the use of digital media.

Aaron Tyler – Digital Developer (former home-grown Apprentice) Aaron joined Orchard Hill College in 2015 and after successfully completing his Traineeship course, he then progressed onto a Digital Learning Apprenticeship. Aaron’s goal was to gain IT skills and achieve paid employment; since joining the Digital School team he has achieved both and can now build web pages and has learnt how to code. Aaron is now a full-time Digital Developer.

Matthew Norbury – Apprentice After completing his course at the Vocational Progression Centre in 2018 Matt started as a volunteer with the Digital School. He has since progressed in his career and is now an Apprentice, supporting the digital team full time. Matt said: “Part of my role is being a Learning Support Assistant at some of the academies in the Trust and at Sutton Life Centre, where I get to share my digital knowledge. The biggest highlight of my job is helping students and members of my local community to enjoy technology.”

Kieran Lowe – Kieran joined the Digital School as a volunteer in his spare time whilst he was studying at NESCOT College, He showed great promise and really enjoyed working with students. He is now happy to be a part-time games developer for the Digital School.




Digital Ambassadors

I’m Jack, I am Digital Ambassador, I am seriously into computer games, so I review the latest games for our Digital Student Magazine. I also really like getting involved with our community podcast.

I’m Alex. I am really into illustrating characters from the digital world. I sketch them and then creative digital versions that can be used online. Being a Digital Ambassador means I can turn my hobby into an employable skill.

Hi. I am Abigail, I am a Digital Ambassador. I love being part of the Digital School, this is me broadcasting live from Pod Radio, our community Podcast. I also help at the DigiCafe every Wednesday supporting the Digital Developer to deliver sessions for visiting academy students and the local community.

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

Jamie features on the BBC

We were delighted to hear one of our post-16 students, Jamie, is featuring in a BBC video: “Lockdown life: What’s going on behind every door?” BBC News Diplomatic Correspondent, Paul Adams, delves into the truth of the impact of lockdown in …

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Dream Job Experience Day at Twickenham Stoop

Two lucky students, Katrina and Kieron, both currently studying at Carew Academy Sixth Form were given the opportunity to try out their dream jobs as part of The Harlequins Foundation “Take over” Day. The event took place at the Twickenham …

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Digital School Host World Book Day Celebration

Following the success of the Christmas sensory story the Digital School were back in action this week with a multi-sensory celebration of World Book Day at Sutton’s central library. Creative Director, Simon Gale penned an original composition that took students …

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Carew Academy is Outstanding

Students, staff and families at Carew Academy are celebrating the result of their Ofsted inspection, in which the school was rated ‘Outstanding’ in all categories. Carew Academy is a special academy for students aged 7-19 with a wide range of ability levels …

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