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Listening Period

Between 8 May 2019 and 25 June 2019, Orchard Hill College Academy Trust conducted a Public Consultation process, under Section 10 of the Academies Act 2010, to establish a new special school in Hillingdon.  The proposal was to close the current Young People’s Academy (at Falling Lane, Yiewsley, West Drayton, Middlesex UB7 8AB) in order to build a new school to provide better facilities and to accommodate students from the age of 11 to 19 with social, emotional and mental health needs and autism.

Following an overwhelming majority of survey respondents (83%) stating that they were in favour of the proposed new school, permission was granted by the Department for Education to proceed.  The new school, which will retain the name of Young People’s Academy (YPA), is currently being built on the same site as the existing school.  Completion is expected by Spring 2022.

We are  undertaking a two week ‘listening period’ with our key stakeholders, as part of the closure process of the current YPA, to offer information as to why the school is closing (click here for more detailed information) and for stakeholders and interested parties to submit their views on how the school closure process can be best managed.

The listening period will run from Monday 11 October to Sunday 24 October 2021.

You may submit any comments to us via the following email address

Or by post to Nicola Stephens, Acting Principal, Young People’s Academy, Falling Lane, Yiewsley. West Drayton, Middlesex UB7 8AB



YPA has a good understanding and built a rapport with my son. He has been happy and well cared for to the point where he has met his full potential and thrived. The right balance and structure has provided for my son’s complex needs. Thank you for your continuous support.  Parent

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