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With the support of Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, Unified Academy is fundraising to create more opportunities for our students. Please join us!

About Us

Orchard Hill College (the College) and Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (the Trust) together form Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT), a family of specialist education providers for over 1500 pupils and students aged from two to 24 years of age across London, Surrey and Sussex.

Pupils and students within the OHC&AT family of providers have a wide range of learning abilities and additional needs including complex autism; speech, language and communication difficulties; social, emotional and mental health; and physical disabilities including multi-sensory impairment and complex health needs.

The College was established in 1983 and now operates from six college centres across London. In 2013, the College established the Trust to share its expertise and provide services and support to specialist schools. The Trust is now home to 15 special schools across London, Surrey and Sussex.

The uniqueness of OHC&AT is that it is fully representative of all designations of special education needs and disabilities. Across the whole organisation there are a range of experts and practitioners who advocate for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities to ensure they receive the best possible opportunities to achieve their full potential.

Charitable status
Both the College and the Trust are charities and are each able to fundraise. Whilst the College is a registered charity with a registered charity number, the Trust is an exempt charity and is not required to be registered with the Charity Commission. OHC&AT is the umbrella name for both OHC and OHCAT and is not a charity.

Our Approach to Fundraising
We will raise funds for specific projects that will benefit existing and future pupils and students where funds for these projects cannot be accessed via existing channels i.e. government education funding.

We will fundraise for projects that will provide opportunities and enhance the learning experience and environment for our pupils and students.

The code of fundraising practice will be followed https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.

My son joined Unified Academy in September 2020 and it is the best educational setting for him.  As a parent, I was apprehensive about my son attending a new place, but the experience for him has been fantastic. Having had a tough time in previous schools, his attitude to attending school has been difficult. Unified Academy has changed his attitude towards school and that is thanks to the positivity of all the staff.  My son finally feels accepted and that is a great weight off my shoulders!

Latest News

Design Technology skills

Student, Charlie created a bespoke piece of furniture during his Design Technology lessons. He wanted to make a shoe cabinet so he had somewhere to put his shoes in his room. Charlie worked extremely hard and stayed focused throughout the …

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Eggstraordinary Food Technology

Year 6 and 7 students have been learning about the Easter story, and in this week’s food tech lesson they focused on the symbolic meaning of the egg during the celebrations. This translated into them making fantastic edible Easter baskets.

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Enrichment trip to the park

As part of their social skills and enrichment lesson, students in year 6 and 7 enjoyed a visit to the local park. They were encouraged to make their own packed lunches, some choose to make tuna rolls, which entailed safely …

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Bird house project

Students have been putting their design technology skills to excellent use making these amazing bird houses. Cayden was the first to complete the project, he said: “When I look at my bird house I feel happy.” Cayden’s teacher conveyed that students …

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