We are fundraising for a New Vocational Kitchen to be ready for September 2019. 

Nightingale Community Academy (NCA), based in Wandsworth, is a school for approx. 100 boys aged between 5 and 19 who have social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

We are excited about our new vocational kitchen as it will prepare our pupils to have a greater chance of success in the expanding hospitality and catering sector. Our new vocational kitchen will be purpose built to a professional standard and will meet the needs of both SEMH pupils and other pupils with learning and physical difficulties in the wider community.

We already have a strong vocational offer including a farm and kitchen garden, mechanical workshop, construction workshop and hairdressing salon. Our vocational kitchen will build on this offer and allow us to deliver accredited catering courses as well as developing our pupil’s business skills by providing a catering service to local organisations.

How you can help us?
The cost of our new kitchen is approx. £120K. You can help our pupils by making a donation or set up a sponsored event or adopting us as your charity of the year. Please use the donate button below or email the school on if you wish to discuss further.

Your help will make a massive difference to our pupils. Please support us!

Our Approach to Fundraising
Nightingale Community Academy is part of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (the Trust) which is sponsored by Orchard Hill College (the College) and together form Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT), a family of specialist education providers for pupils and students aged from two to 24 years of age across London, Surrey and Sussex. Please see for more information.

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.

OHC&AT 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.

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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