New Free School
We want to keep you informed regarding the progress of our new school in Sutton.
Our new school has been purpose designed and will be located in Sheen Way, Sutton.
The new Free School will provide specialist education for 246 children and young people aged 5-19 who have a range of additional learning needs, some of which are complex and may include Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We intend to open this new co-educational Free School in the London Borough of Sutton during the 2022/23 academic year.
Carew Academy, based in the London Borough of Sutton, currently provides for children and young people with the above profile of need from the ages of 7-18. The intention is to close the existing Carew Academy and to create a new Free School (the name Carew Academy would remain), that extends the provision for additional learning needs in the area from infant (Key Stage 1) through to post 16.
We strongly believe that extending the entry in this way will support children with complex profiles of need to achieve more fully as a result of access to specialist intervention and teaching from an early age, continuously through to post 16. This wider age range, together with the increased complexity of need that is already presenting in Carew’s current student body, presents a substantial change in the profile of our existing facilities.
About Orchard Hill College Academy Trust
The new Free School will be an important part of an established family of specialist schools and academies that make up Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (OHCAT). OHCAT is a ‘family’ of schools, currently comprised of 15 special academies across London, Surrey, Sussex and Berkshire.
OHCAT was established in 2013 by Orchard Hill College(OHC) to share its expertise and provide services and support to specialist schools. Together, Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust (OHC&AT) provides for over 1500 pupils and students from nursery through to further education and into adulthood.
All of us at OHC&AT are committed to realising the potential of our pupils and students and we work together to ensure they achieve their very best in their local communities.
You can find out more about us at www.ohcat.org