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Retirement message from Dr Caroline Allen, OBE

I will be retiring from Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust this summer, after 32 years. They have been 32 truly amazing years and I want to thank so many pupils and students, staff, families and professional colleagues as I look back over our time together. I’m immensely grateful for your unstinting support for me along the way.

Working with our SEND pupils and students alongside our staff, governors and other stakeholders, has been a privilege. I have seen so many OHC&AT pupils and students benefit from our provisions and overcome significant personal challenges to attain wonderful, positive outcomes and it’s these memories which I shall treasure dearly.

I know that I leave OHC&AT in safe hands. We have leadership, governors and trustees with exceptional knowledge, expertise and experience, we have highly specialist staff teams, supportive parents and professional colleagues and truly inspiring pupils and students. I’m looking forward to watching all the developments and successes of OHC&AT, changing lives for our pupils, students and communities in the years to come.

Dr Caroline Allen, OBE.

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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