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  • Orchard Hill College of Further Education
    Quadrant House
    8th Floor -The Quadrant
    Sutton
    Surrey
    SM2 5AS
  • Head: Mrs Kelly Phillips
  • T 0345 402 0453
  • E [email protected]
  • W orchardhill.ac.uk/
  • An independent specialist college for pupils aged from 16 to 25 with learning difficulties/disabilities, autism, behavioural challenges, physical disabilities and sensory impairment.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Sutton
  • Pupils: 274 on our main course 26 Apprenticeships 32 Functional Skills 103 WorkStart Total 435
  • Religion: Not Applicable
  • Fees: All funded by LA/EFA
  • Open days: Wednesday 22nd September 2021 between 5pm – 6.30pm – Beaconsfield Centre. Thursday 23rd September 2021 between 5pm – 6pm – This is a virtual open event and will be general for all college centres. Please see website for further events
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Parents commented that the college is very good at progressing learners from one-to-one support to small group settings. The college has an excellent record of helping learners to find jobs after completing courses. Students design and update their own interactive CVs. They use tablets or iPads to film group work and voice recorders as an alternative to making a written record of their work and activities. A student told us, 'I like college as I have learnt to do things for myself and I can go out with people I know.' We saw students…

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What the school says...

OHC is an Outstanding specialist college offering life-changing learning opportunities to students. We have six vibrant college centres across London and Surrey where committed, specialist teams deliver a range of programmes to meet the needs of our students. Students who study with us have a wide range of needs including: Profound and multiple learning disabilities; Moderate learning difficulties; Physical and sensory impairments; Mental health and/or emotional difficulties; Communication and behavioural difficulties; Social and communication disorders e.g. Autistic Spectrum Disorders and specific medical needs. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since 2019, Kelly Phillips. Her early career progressed in education and social care, before becoming a specialist teacher. She has continued to develop her skills within mainstream and specialist colleges since joining Orchard Hill College in 2007 as a lecturer.

Entrance

From 16+ and 19+ most come from specialist state schools, a few from independent provision. The college likes students and parents to attend an open day or make an appointment to visit before completing the application form. Each applicant is assessed to see whether Orchard Hill has the right provision and which courses they will be best suited to.

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