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Comments following annual reports at the end of 2017/18: Absolutely love the reports! Very detailed. It is lovely to see the pictures showing him in the school setting and working. He keeps home and school very separate so this report has given us a great insight into how well he is doing. It is delightful to see how much 'X' is progressing. It has been especially lovely to hear about how his confidence in the water and on the bike has come on in leaps and bounds and so wonderful to see the pictures. I don't think any of us can quite believe how well he is doing in the swimming pool. Thank you all. This report has been fantastic! Her communication skills are getting better, much better. She has also become a lot more independent with her feeding skills and has a lot of understanding of what is being asked of her. We were very impressed with the level of detail. Once again a very good report with every aspect of learning covered. The report has been very helpful. He does so much at school that he doesn't do at home! He has made excellent progress this year and has really enjoyed school. Great to read how well she is doing and all the positive comments from teachers and Phillip. I also think his independence and confidence have really improved this year. It has shown the amazing progress he has achieved over this year from the help and support and hard work of all the staff throughout this year. A big thank you to everyone who has worked with 'X'and helped him achieve these things this year. Comments in his report about how well he is doing make us proud of his achievements, which couldn't be reached without all your support and hard work. I consider that 'X' is very lucky to have had such excellent education and support whilst at Oak Grove. We are very pleased with the excellent care and education 'X' receives at OGC. He is very happy to be there. I really love how positive everyone is and that it comes across that he's liked and understood. 'X' is a lucky lad to have shared the last few years with you all. Comments from families and carers following the questionnaire October 2018: Keeps me well informed of progress. Listens to any issues and deals with any concerns. Often a good variety of options. Communication is good, making sure my child is happy and safe. They make all students feel welcome and encourage them every day. My child loves coming to school. Nurturing environment focusing on child's talents and strengths. Encouraging staff who are patient, kind and good teachers. Understands the needs and development of my child very well. Great communication listens to concerns, good updates on progress. Engages very well with me about my child and has helped so much, cannot thank them enough. Everything! Friendly, supportive, listening, caring, really invested in his future. Best decision ever to join Oak Grove. Well managed, clean and good environment, safe, modern, well equipped. Gives equal opportunities for all abilities. Connects and understands my childs needs.

Headteacher's Welcome

Oak Grove College provides an inspirational, safe, fun and stimulating learning environment for all of our students and has an enthusiastic, committed and dedicated staff team who aspire to provide the best learning opportunities for all of our students, all of the time. It is a privilege to work with all our young people who join us at age 11 and leave ready to take their place in the world as young adults.

Our core purpose is ensuring all of our students are nurtured to develop the communication, social, academic, life and vocational skills necessary to take an active role as citizens in the local, national and international community. This is achieved by creative approaches to learning where many off site visits are undertaken, the grounds are used extensively and a practical approach to the curriculum is undertaken, including our commitment and dedication to the Arts as a vehicle for self esteem development.

We aim to make all of our learners as independent and confident as possible. Here at Oak Grove College we are all immensely proud of our College and we welcome visits from families and indeed from professionals from other organisations. As a community generic special school we take seriously our commitment to providing the very best for young people while they are with us, but also in developing the skills, confidence and aspirations of the wider community to provide the very best for all once they leave the college.

All that we do is underpinned by our view that "Everyone matters, every day counts" and we work in partnership with our Federation schools of Cornfield, Herons Dale and Palatine, to ensure that this view is applied to all those with additional needs and who support and provide for our students. I hope that this website provides you with the information you require, if not please do not hesitate to contact us.

Phillip Potter


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