Orpheus Centre


Name Orpheus Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 January 2018
Address North Park Lane, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8ND
Phone Number 01883744664
Type Independent Specialist College
Age Range 18-25
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Surrey
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the provider

The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist college located in Godstone, Surrey. It provides education for students who have moderate learning difficulties and a wide range of other physical and sensory disabilities and medical needs. At the time of the inspection, 35 students, from 17 local authorities, were studying at the college. Of these, 13 attend daily and 22 live in supported housing on the site. The college also supports students funded by social services, but this provision was out of scope for this inspection. The focus of the college’s curriculum is to develop students’ communication, social interaction and independence skills using performing and visual arts as a medium to prepare them for adulthood. Through the development of independent living skills, students are supported to progress to semi-independent and supported housing destinations and, where appropriate, into voluntary and paid employment.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Leaders, managers and trustees, working with staff, have successfully improved the quality of the provision and the outcomes for students. Leaders and managers have ensured that the provision closely matches the needs of students and their future ambitions. Students are enthusiastic about overcoming their barriers to learning; they are highly motivated and inspired by the exciting curriculum and the opportunities they have to perform. Students respect each other and value the diversity of the college community; they work effectively together to create performance work of a high standard. Students develop good work-related skills and benefit from effective work-experience placements that are closely matched to their aspirations. Students enjoy learning and are very proud of the skills they develop and the work they create; they make good progress. Students gain confidence in their communication skills and successfully develop greater independence. In a small minority of theory lessons, teachers do not meet the needs of all students; as a result, a small minority of students do not make the progress they could. Supported internship placements for students are not currently in place and require further development.