Orchard Hill College

Orchard Hill College is an Outstanding provider of specialist education in London and Surrey
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Orchard Hill College
Quadrant House - 8th Floor
The Quadrant
  • Course Length:
    36 weeks per year
  • Residential or Day:
  • Course Dates:
    September to July
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    210 full time and 120 part time
  • Age Range:
    16 - 25+ years
  • Other Locations:
    Carshalton, Hackbridge, New Malden, Camberwell, Uxbridge, Wandsworth



General Description

Orchard Hill College is an Outstanding specialist College offering life-changing learning opportunities to young people and adults. 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
  • Specific medical needs

Our Aim

We constantly strive to:

  • Prepare students for life after College through developing their social, independent and academic skills
  • Provide meaningful work experience and enterprise opportunities for students to enhance their employability skills
  • Provide a vibrant, happy, caring and safe environment, full of innovation and a “can do” attitude, empowering students to achieve amazing outcomes.
  • Deliver a relevant, purposeful and engaging curriculum
  • Use and develop leading edge, innovative, assistive technology to improve independence and students’ understanding of a digital world
  • Utilise our strong links with the community so our students become confident and active members of their community
  • Provide an inclusive environment which offers equality of opportunity and respect to all students and staff
  • For more information, please get in touch, or visit one of our Open Events to meet the teams, have a look at our facilities and ask any questions you may have.


Our programmes are designed to support and empower each student to achieve their aspirations and goals, whilst developing skills to become more independent members of their community. Students can choose from a number of programmes according to which suits them best:

  • Building Skills for Independence
  • Foundation in Work and Living
  • WorkStart
  • Pre-Traineeships/Traineeships (18-19 & 19 with an EHCP)
  • Pre-Traineeships/Traineeships (19-24)
  • Into Work - Work Experience
  • Into Work - Enterprise Course
  • Return to Employment

Specialist Facilities

To ensure students have the right support when taking part in our programmes, the College has the following specialist teams:

  • Nurses and Health Assistants
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Music Therapists
  • Job Coaches
  • Digital School


  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Severe autism spectrum disorder
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Severe learning difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • A personal development programme
    • Opportunities to improve and develop communication skills through the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
    • Opportunities to experiment with sound, touch, smell and sight in order to aid learning
  • > Our specialist services

    • Extensive use of assistive and adaptive technologies
    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • A range of therapeutic services
    • In-house psychiatric services
    • Sessions to improve posture and mobility
    • Specialist orientation and mobility training to enable independent travel
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • In-house medical provision

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This list, developed as part of the Children and Families Act 2014, means that some parts of the Act apply to these independent institutions. This includes specialist colleges.