The Orpheus Centre

A specialist college where students with a passion for the arts and a desire to live independently can achieve their goals.
Orpheus students in costume
The logo of The Orpheus Centre S41 status

Address:

The Orpheus Centre
North Park Lane
Godstone
RH9 8ND
  • Course Length (weeks):
    38
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
    September
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    50
  • Age Range:
    18 – 25
  • Other Locations:
    Godstone, Oxted, Redhill, Reigate, Caterham

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General Description

Orpheus is a specialist college for young disabled adults (18-25) with a passion for the arts and a desire to live independently. Our students have a range of physical disabilities, learning difficulties and autism.  

We offer a study programme focused on preparing for adulthood, a supported housing scheme and a domiciliary care service. We work closely with each of our students over the three-year programme to enable them to transition successfully from full time education into adult life, independent living and work.

Our students get fully involved in devising and performing in regular large-scale theatrical productions.  

Catchment Area

South East of England and London boroughs in general.

Curriculum

We offer a range of subjects including: maths and English, dance, drama, music, art and design, film-making, independence skills, performance singing and catering & hospitality. We offer accredited qualifications as well as bespoke programmes in order to be responsive to students' needs. We offer a comprehensive transition programme to prepare students to live independently once they leave Orpheus.

There is a robust tutorial programme for all students that addresses health and wellbeing and personal development. We have a student council and provide a range of enrichment activities focused on building resilience, communication and interaction skills.

Specialist Facilities

Orpheus is located in beautiful Surrey countryside close to the village of Godstone. All amenities are within a short distance of Orpheus such as supermarkets, leisure centre and doctors’ surgeries.  The college is set in spacious grounds which students are encouraged to use via our accessible pathways. We support healthy living and offer a range of indoor and outdoor sports activities.

We have excellent facilities including a fully equipped and accessible theatre. A multi-media suite is available for film making. In addition to a recording studio and well equipped art studio there are two computer suites used for teaching and independent learning. We have a purpose built independence hub for teaching catering skills and dedicated wellbeing room.

We have a discrete communication and social interaction hub for students with higher needs and who appreciate a low sensory environment.

Other Information

Domiciliary care and supported housing.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • A wide range of physical disabilities
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Asperger syndrome
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • A transition programme into independent living
    • A performing arts curriculum
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • A personal development programme
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
  • > Our specialist services

    • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
    • Residential provision extending beyond the academic year
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • Waking night residential staff
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • Guidance and counselling services
    • A range of therapeutic services

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The S41 symbol next to most of the colleges in the directory means that they are on the Secretary of State’s Approved List.

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.