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  • Orchard Hill College of Further Education
    Old Town Hall
    Woodcote Road
    Wallington
    Surrey
    SM6 0NB
  • Head: Mr Ashley Jordan-Diaper
  • T 020 8254 7820
  • 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: 350
  • Religion: Not Applicable
  • Fees: All funded by LA/EFA
  • 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 Good Schools Guide says

Head of college

Since 2015, Ashley Jordan-Diaper BA MA PGCE. Ashley has more than 20 years' experience of teaching in a variety of special schools and colleges. A personable and articulate man with lots of energy, commitment and a pioneering spirit ideally suited to the college. Parents, students and staff have all given excellent feedback: utterly wonderful and a great leader, a group of parents told us. Others highlighted his continued openness, care and support to improve the college. He also works at Chelsea football club on match days and has been coaching at the club’s foundation disability project. In his spare time he enjoys entertaining party-goers playing music with his band. He lives in Thames Ditton with his wife, a social worker, and two daughters, one at university, one at secondary school.
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