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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Newsletter January 2017

Newsletter 06 – 170126

Sow & Grow Event: 4th February 2017

Fun Run Update – 12th March 2017

The West Worthing 5k & 10k run is to raise money for The COP Federation of Special Schools in West Sussex which is made up of Palatine Primary School, Oak Grove College and Cornfield School.  Palatine and Oak Grove cater for children with special educational needs including moderate, severe and profound and multiple learning needs many of whom have associated sensory, motor and communication difficulties including Autistic Spectrum Conditions.  Cornfield School is for boys with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.  Some of the projects the schools are looking to fund are; sensory equipment for an Immersive Room, a Multi-Use Games Area, Laptops, Forest School outdoor learning areas and music therapy.

A Fun Run has been arranged at Goring Gap on Sunday 12th March 2017;

All proceeds raised with be shared between the three federated schools; Oak Grove College, Palatine and Cornfield.

The fun run will consist of:

10km open to anyone aged 15 and over.

5km open to anyone aged 11 and over.

Races on the green for those who wish to take part but prefer not to do the 5km or 10Km.

More details to follow.

COP Federation Sponsorship Form

Forthcoming Events

Uniform Sale! Thursday 26th January 2017.

There will be a sale of new uniform at the Parents Evening on Thursday 26th January 2017. Sizes are limited but all sweatshirts will be £5.00 each and all polo shirts (white and blue) will be £3.00 each. There will also be some second hand uniform available at 50p per item which will be sold as seen. All sales will go to Friends of Oak Grove College.

Year 9 Options Evening

On Thursday 26th January 5:15 – 6:00pm, we will be hosting the Y9 Options evening before the KS3 (y7- Y9) parents evening. Below is a copy of the Ks4 Options Booklet and letter that went out to parents of Year 9’s in Marvel, Avatar and Da Vinci.

Key Stage 4 Options Evening Letter – Marvel, Da Vinci and Avatar

We have also produced a options booklet for those students in Koa and the letter that went home to parents today is also attached

Key Stage 4 Options Letter – Koa

Worth Less? Worth Enough?

Dear Parent/Carer

Worth Less?  Worth Enough?

As promised, please find below an update on the school funding situation for schools in West Sussex.

Following publication of the second part of the National Funding Formula (NFF) consultation, school leaders across West Sussex are saddened by the fact that for many schools the financial situation does not look like it is improving either in the short or longer terms.  Key headlines are as follows:

  • As yet, no interim funding has been offered to West Sussex schools for the year 2017/18.
  • The NFF will begin in April 2018, the new proposals allocate funding with greater fairness and transparency as all schools across England are funded via the same methodology.
  • These new arrangements are, however, being severely undermined by:
    • The ongoing introduction of unfunded costs being placed upon schools, such as increasing employer NI and pension contributions as well as Educational Service Grant costs. These “stealth taxes” lie outside of the NFF.
    • Schools not receiving adequate “core funding” to meet basic staffing and equipment costs.
    • The government’s decision to make £3 billion of “efficiency saving” from school budgets.

Using data from WSCC and the DFE’s own database, under current NFF proposals the following will occur:

  • In 2018 West Sussex schools will, on average, gain a further £79 per pupil rising to £144 in April 2020.
  • After the introduction of NFF (2018), unfunded cost burdens will, however, mean that such gains are offset to the point where the vast majority of schools in West Sussex will be no better off (or even worse off) than the current dire financial situation.
  • In terms of funding received, West Sussex schools will remain 148th out of 151 Local Authorities.

The new NFF arrangements are relatively complicated and more in depth analysis can be found via the school office or on our website, www.oakgrovecollege.org.uk

Headteachers in all West Sussex schools are dismayed that our financial situation looks so bleak.  As a consequence, our fears about reduced staffing levels, increased class sizes and reductions in curricular and pastoral provision are likely to become a reality in either the short term, medium term or both.

School Leaders are united in their belief that the current situation is both unfair and unsustainable.  Previously we were made to feel that pupils in West Sussex were “Worth Less”, under the new arrangements they simply don’t appear to be “Worth Enough”.

Our first step is to raise important questions with ministers from the DFE and our own local MPs.  We are happy to share these questions with you and would urge you to raise similar concerns with your local representatives.  The letter can be obtained via the school office or on our website, www.oakgrovecollege.org.uk

We will continue to do everything in our power to maintain standards of care and provision but also feel that it is important to let you know just how bad matters are at present.  Your support as we continue with our campaign will be vital.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Phillip Potter

Headteacher

 

On behalf of all West Sussex Primary, Secondary and Special Schools

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School Open to Students Wednesday 04/01/17

The heating system has been mended and the college will be at a decent temperature for learning tomorrow.

Thank you for your patience.

Parents Drop in – Wednesday 4th January 2017

Parents drop in café will be open on Wednesday 4th January 2017.  This will be just for parents to get together on an informal basis and have a chat with a cup of tea/coffee and a lovely cake made by our students .

Wednesday 1st February we will be joined by Phillip Potter.  If you have a question or just want to pop in for an informal chat with the aroma of delicious bacon rolls cooked by our students then please come along.

College closed to students

Due to a significant failure and leak from college heating system overnight we have no heating. College will be closed to students today. Repair team is on way and we will update families through the day. Sincere apologies for the disruption and inconvenience this causes.

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