The ORT school in London opened in 1946 in order to train young refugees, former inmates of the concentration camps in Germany. The majority of students came originally from Eastern and Central Europe and was aged fifteen to twenty-five. In the first year students were given all-round engineering training and in the second they received specialized tuition in particular branch of technology. The specializations offered included general engineering, tool making, electrical work, woodwork and radio technology. A dressmaking section was opened for the girls.
Aside from technical training, students also had classes in general education subjects such as mathematics and history as well as in English. On finishing the school they were provided with a set of tool to practice their trade. Many of them also went on to study at university. Alongside full time projects, the school also ran a refresher courses for students whose studies were interrupted by the war or those who used to practice their trade before the war. There were also short intensive courses for students preparing for emigration. Throughout its existence the Kensington School trained around 200 students.
The school in it initial form was closed in July 1949 as it was decided that the vast majority of refugees already found employment in the industry. From August 1949 the London centre was reopened at Belsize Lane in Hampstead and it started running evening classes for older refugees who were working during the day and wanted to change their trade. Most of the classes were run in subjects connected with tailoring. The school ceased operating in April 1954.