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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Winter Fair

Oak Grove College Students will be wishing everyone a Merry Christmas at their Winter Fair.

At the Winter Fair students from Sixth Form and Year 9 will be putting their entrepreneurial skills into practice and selling a range of goods they have been preparing. Please come along to support this event and have a little fill of Oak Grove Christmas cheer.

Further details on the attached flyer:

Reaching Families – Making Sense of Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

Training Roadshow 2019

  • Our Workshops are aimed at Parents and Carers of Children and Young People with additional needs and/or disabilities
  • We regret we cannot accommodate children at any of the workshops
  • There is no charge for our workshops, however we welcome donations to contribute to the costs of running the sessions.  We suggest a donation of £3

Making Sense of Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

Learn all about PIP including how your young person will be transferred at 16, completing the form, the different rates and the process of face to face assessments.
Wednesday 4th December  9.45am – 12.00pm
Sidney West Children and Family Centre, Burgess Hill

We still have a few spaces on this course, book now:



Umbrellas Parent Carer Support Groups

Come along to one of our drop-in coffee mornings and chat to other parents and/or our Outreach and Training Co-ordinator, Hannah. Find information and support that is relevant to your child and family.

Our support groups are held monthly in Worthing, Littlehampton and Billingshurst, please find your nearest or most convenient below:

Littlehampton Children & Family Centre, The Wickbourne Centre, Clun Road, Littlehampton, BN17 7DZ
Thursday 5th December 10.00am to 11.30am
Billingshurst Community Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, RH14 9QW
Friday 13th December 9.30am to 11.00am

Durrington Community Centre, Tesco Complex, New Road, Worthing, BN13 3PB
Wednesday 18th December  9.30am – 11.00am

Watch this space for details of a pampering event at Umbrellas coming soon!

If you would like any further information, please contact Hannah on 07951 794734 or by email Hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk

Booking: Please visit Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/ and search for Reaching Families or look at our Events Page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/132463616830248/
Any queries, please email admin@reachingfamilies.org.uk or call our
office on 01903 366360
Or contact one of our Outreach and Training Co-ordinators:-
Michele: 07470 005734   Hannah 07951 794734

Mufti Day at Oak Grove College

Tomorrow Friday 22nd November is a Mufti Day.

Please send your child to school in casual clothes and an item/prize for the Christmas Raffle.

Items welcomed include:

  • Chocolates
  • Wine
  • Toiletries
  • Chutney and Pickles

Please remember “No Nuts” as we are a Nut Free School.

Further Information on the attached Flyer below:

Lucky Lotto

Friends of Oak Grove College are organising “Lucky Lotto”

£20 for 20 weeks beginning in the New Year.

Please see the attached flyer for details on how to register and take part.

WSCC School/College Transport – September 2020

WSCC School/college Transport in September 2020 for Students aged 16+ who have an EHCP (current Year 11s.)


This September the LA had a number of students who have not had the transport help they were hoping for.

Current Year 11s, whether they continue their placement in the same setting or move on to another setting will have to apply for transport assistance to continue.  The key messages to pass to parent/carers and students who live in West Sussex and making choices for their Post-16 further education are:

  • Apply for transport assistance in May 2020 (even if the student is currently on transport and staying at the same school.)
  • The deadline for applications for September 2020 is Friday 3 July 2020.
  • An application is needed even if the student claims a fuel allowance.
  • There is a contribution which is currently £630 (subject to review, likely to increase) and can be paid in instalments.
  • Families with a low income who qualify do not need to pay the contribution.
  • Financial help is available from schools/colleges’ Post-16 Bursary Fund.

·         Education only funds transport up to the year in which the young person turns 19yrs i.e. he/she must be under 19yrs in the academic year in which they are starting a new course.

·         Train and bus passes which can be organised on a student’s behalf (where cheaper for a parent.) If a minibus/taxi is organised the contribution is annual and not dependant on the amount of times a taxi/minibus is used.

Many pupils are looking around colleges and schools at open days. It is important that they understand the implications of the choice of school/college with regard to transport.


The criteria for assistance for students with EHCPs can be viewed at www.westsussex.gov.uk/Post-16transport. In short, the course has to be full time, at the closest suitable school/college offering the course and be over 3 miles walking distance from the home address.


If a comparable course is offered at a closer establishment to the home address then it is extremely unlikely that transport assistance would be offered.  The student would then be expected to make their own travel arrangements.


A taxi is only offered in exceptional circumstances and is likely to be time limited, with a review, with an expectation that some travel training (where a student is capable) is undertaken.


Many young people are working towards independent travel.  Bus and train passes are therefore regularly issued to students with EHCPs when previously they have travelled by taxi.  Plumpton College and Chichester College (Brinsbury campus) run their own college buses, with details on the individual college websites.


For advice about how the choice of school or college may affect transport options please contact the Post-16 team on 0330 222 3588 or email Post16Travel@westsussex.gov.uk prior to making decisions about what school or college to attend. Students should discuss the educational content of a course, if they have any queries, with their Post-16 SENAT Preparation for Adulthood Planning Coordinator.

Oak Grove College Prestigious Artsmark Platinum Award


Students and staff at Oak Grove College are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Platinum Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education settings that champion cultural education. It celebrates settings that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people.

Please see the Attached press release:


Key Stage 4 / Sixth Form Transition Evening – 12th November 2019

On Tuesday 12th November, we will be holding a Transition Evening to inform students/parents/carers of Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form of the services and further education provision available.  This will run from 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

This is a very important event where you will find out what opportunities are available to your child when they leave Oak Grove College.  It is never too early to start informing yourselves.  Providers will be available to discuss what they offer and answer any questions you may have.  Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form staff will also be on hand to discuss the needs of your child and guide you to suitable providers.

Christmas Silent Disco

South Downs Leisure have an event coming up suitable for adults aged over 18 with a learning disability.
For further details please see below: