An independent specialist college for young disabled adults with a passion for the performing arts. Rated "Good" by Ofsted and the CQC. For more details click here.

“I started the Orpheus Centre in 1998 because of a long-held belief that young disabled people – just like their non-disabled peers - gain confidence by performing  in public and being applauded.  We don’t train young disabled people to be professional performers – we are a specialist college teaching them the skills they need to live independently.   What makes us different is that we use the performing arts to give our students the self-belief to use those skills when they leave us.  The last 21 years have proved this works!”

Sir Richard Stilgoe, founder and trustee.

For parents

If your son/daughter or young person is aged between 18 and 25 and has a physical and/or learning disability we’d love for them to join us.

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Fundraise for us

There are lots of fun and exciting ways that you can get involved and raise funds for our life-changing work. We are a registered charity and we need your help!

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Student work

Every day I'm blown away by our Apollo group

Students in our Apollo group have difficulties in communicating and often find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings. Hear from tutor Liz how she and her amazing team help them find their voice and give them the confidence and skills they need to communicate.

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Author: Sarah Greenwood

Orpheus Adapts

The Covid 19 lockdown has been a testing time for most of us, restricting what we do, who we see, and generally dictating our social interaction. The Orpheus Centre, along with the rest of us, has had to adapt.

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Author: Summer Burgess

Pride LGBTQ+ Celebration Review

February is LGBTQ+ History Month and in recognition of this celebratory month, our February 2020 intensive week focused on raising awareness. Full review by Ann Lovelace

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Author: Summer Burgess

Maths in our daily lives

Watch these 3 videos showcasing the students' brilliant work related to maths in everyday life.

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Author: Nicola Fennell

89%

89% of our graduates last year have gone on to independent living in supported housing.

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