• The Orpheus Centre Slide 1
    Students are encouraged to learn independence skills in their own accommodation.
  • Students performing Les Mis
    The Orpheus Performance Group performing Do You Hear The People Sing? from Les Miserables at Stilgoe & Stilgoe
  • Orpheus staff and students
    The Learning Team support students through the transition programme on their journey to independence.
  • Orpheus challenge events
    Take on a challenge in 2017 to help raise funds for Orpheus.

The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist day college in Surrey. We provide personalized study programmes for young disabled adults preparing them for adulthood and developing their independence skills through performance and the arts.

We believe that every young disabled person should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers and we offer a supported housing scheme and a domiciliary care service alongside our education provision. Our students are between the ages of 18 and 25. They usually stay at Orpheus for up to three years.

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At Orpheus we focus on ability, not disability. We use our students’ passion for performing and visual arts to progress their confidence and life skills. We prepare students for adulthood: to live independently, to find employment, to have an active social life, to contribute to their local community and to lead a healthy lifestyle. When students leave Orpheus they are supported to have a safe and successful transition. Of our 2016 graduates, 100% are now living independently or in supported housing.

As a specialist college, our curriculum is diverse and personalized to meet students’ needs. Our students come from across the country and all have moderate learning and/or physical disabilities. We provide individualized learning in the context of students’ Education Health and Care Plans leading to qualifications in life skills and the arts. Our reputation is of innovative and expert leaders in disability arts.

Find out how to apply here.

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Upcoming Events

Oct 31
Hellsinki V – Haunted HOUSE
The Kings Head 19.00pm to 2.00am
Sep 10
Sep 17
London to Brighton Bike Ride
London to Brighton


  • Volunteers are a vital part of the Orpheus community and enhance every aspect of centre life.

    Graham Whitehead, CEO
  • Orpheus has provided a safe space for our son to grow in maturity and to uncover some abilities that may have remained hidden. As a parent, I am immensely grateful.

    Ric Adams, parent
  • The things I love most at Orpheus are drama, dancing and music. I’m also leaning how to live independently. I get out more than I used to and make my own choices.

    Poppy, student

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