Special needs school Orchard Hill College in Wallington rated outstanding by Ofsted

Sutton Guardian: A pupil broadcasts on the college radio station A pupil broadcasts on the college radio station

A Wallington school for disabled people has been branded 'outstanding' following an Ofsted inspection.

The inspector praised Orchard Hill College for its work in helping pupils achieve independence and preparing them for life after their time in education.

The report also commended the college, based in the Old Town Hall in Woodcote Road, for the way it works with other organisations that provide services for disabled people, including Sutton Council.

The Ofsted inspector's report said: "Outcomes for learners are outstanding. Learners successfully work towards goals for independence, supported living, making use of their local community facilities and services, work and further learning.

"Teaching, learning and assessment are excellent. The extremely diverse programmes that meet learners’ individual needs, interests and aspirations, prepare them very well for life after college.

"The vision of leaders and managers and its well-planned implementation, that has created learning centres in the communities where learners live, is outstanding.

"The college’s work with partners to improve and extend the curriculum is outstanding."

Principal Dr Caroline Allen OBE said: "Our students have demonstrated to Ofsted their fantastic achievements and their outstanding contribution to the development of the College.

"Thank you to our students, staff and parents and local partners who have all contributed to making the College outstanding."

Councillor Dave Callaghan, chairman of the council's children, families and education committee, said the council is proud to work with the college.

The college is holding open days at the  BedZED Centre in Hackbridge on Friday, March 7, and at the Old Town Hall in Wallington on Friday, May 16. Both run from 1.30pm to 3pm. For more information you can call 0845 402 0453 or email enquiries@orchardhill.ac.uk.

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