Grafham Grange School is an academy for boys. It is set in 42 acres of Surrey countryside in Grafham. Formerly an ILEA residential school, Grafham Grange was granted charitable, non- maintained status in 1994 by the DFES - the first such school to achieve this status. We offer 44 residential (weekly) boarding and day provision for up to 52 students, referred from local authorities across the south of England from the age of 10 to 16 (Year 6 to Year 11). The school can also offer provision for a small number of post 16 placements, bespoke programs supported by local colleges of further education.

All our students have statements of special educational needs and/or Education, Health and Care plans with SEMH (social, emotional and mental health) as their primary identified need, though the majority of students have additional special educational needs such as autistic spectrum conditions, speech, language and communication difficulties, ADHD, opposition defiance, medical conditions and attachment disorders. The staff teams work as a cohesive multidisciplinary unit to overcome barriers to learning and to provide stability, consistency and the highest quality of education and care guidance to support students make accelerated learning gains.

As Grafham Grange School is a 24-hour, 5-day provision with extensive extended school programmes running until 9.00pm, we can accommodate twilight sessions to enhance the positive atmosphere for learning we already have. We will collaborate across the Trust to share good practice, information and resources.. This will enable the young people, families and other members of the community to have readily available access to services at their point of need, building upon well-established multi agency working practices.

We will promote high standards of educational achievement at all levels, ages, engaging with schools and business partners across Surrey and redefining attitudes and approaches to learning. Our determination, desire to achieve and motivation for success will drive Grafham Grange School towards becoming a community where education improves standards, increases multi agency working and sustains life-long learning. This approach will be crucial in order to accelerate and deepen the spread of effective new practices across the Trust, broaden the range of learning experiences schools are able to offer an individual learner, encourage shared problem solving and responsibility amongst the schools and assist school leaders in accessing specialist expertise and resources to meet specific challenges.

Sustainable leadership promotes cross fertilisation of good ideas and successful practices promoting shared learning and development.  At the very heart of the ‘Vision’ is a comprehensive and integrated approach to learning, re-engineering established curriculum models, ensuring that learning is increasingly work related and draws on the skills and experiences of the whole community. Grafham Grange School will be a focal point for raising standards across the region.

Grafham is ideally situated, geographically, developmentally and strategically to become a leading SEMH Hub within and across the South East. We are a highly motivated, hardworking school, totally committed to providing life chances and opportunities for our young people in a caring, stable, safe but challenging environment. The focus upon the development of Grafham becoming a hub for innovation and creativity will enable the school to share its outstanding practices with an even greater audience. This places an emphasis on enrichment and enjoyment without losing sight of viewing improvements in Literacy, Numeracy and Information Technology as a priority.  We believe that by seizing the opportunity presented by this ‘Vision’, we will realise our aims of becoming a truly great school.

We seek to ensure that by the time our students leave us, they emerge as self-confident individuals able to manage their own learning and equipped with the skills and competencies to successfully take the next steps in their lives.


Registered Provider and Registered Manager

Orchard Hill College Academy Trust is the owner of Grafham Grange School.

The Registered Provider:

Orchard Hill College Academy Trust

Registered Address:

Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS.

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Responsible Individual:

OHCAT Chief Execuitve Officer - Dr. Caroline Allen