Update to Families – 3rd April

Dear Parent / Carer,

Our Community Update

Well done on getting through week 2 of this difficult and ongoing situation. Hopefully we are all getting into a rhythm and a routine of this new way of being. I thought I was until I spent yesterday at home and then realised just how tired I was and how “home schooling” is really not straight forward! As parents and carers you are having to adapt to a whole new way of being and working and from the contacts we have had you are all being amazing. Well done to you all.


Contact detailsemail and mobile telephone numbers:

As you will know, we are making contact with parents and carers via email, mobile phone and via the Oak Grove College website www.oakgrovecollege.org.uk.  It is vital that we have the correct contact details for you, although impossible to check with every individual at this time.  Please would you help us, by checking with anyone from the OGC community that you may have contact with to see if they are receiving texts and emails too.  And, if they are not, please ask them to make contact with us on 01903 708870 or at office@oakgrovecollege.org.uk to update the details we have on the system for them.



Letters have gone out to key worker families and those who have been allocated some respite care for the Easter holiday provision. This will be a 9am- 3pm provision, designed as a holiday club, staffed by OGC team members.


Free School Meals:

Students who have free school meals will have a small hamper of snack and lunch items delivered twice over the Easter holidays. I am very grateful to the catering team in College and at West Sussex County Council for organising these and to those staff who are amazing at organising things. Please ensure you are in to receive these.


E safety:

Please remember that all young people need supervision when on line, whether gaming, working or playing and at the end of this letter are some great reminders of staying safe online. It is really important that we maintain our surveillance and supervision so that we do not leave any young person in a vulnerable position.


Oak Grove College You Tube channel and Signing channel:

Oak Grove College has its own You Tube channel and this will have some information on sensory learning and exercise and this can be accessed at:

Oak Grove College- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaQBPna2t9lhNCnjX_1V-SQ

Mia, our communication lead, also has her own You Tube channel to teach and develop the skills of students in their signing. This promotes positive and supportive communication with all and is a great family activity and is all based on well known songs.

Mia’s signing channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFpIZ7LftRQw5Dr6geEB22w


Home Learning:

Work continues to be updated on the website. We hope this makes sense and that remember to dip in and out where appropriate and pace yourselves.


Goodbye to Kevin:

Kevin Doherty, English teacher, leaves us today to move to Yorkshire. We wish him the very best and thank him for the great work he has done in Marvel, the English team and for the school council.


What have we been up to?

During the course of this week the staff team have worked with the Catering team to deliver 97 food hampers to families.

We have delivered more work packs to students.

We have got goggles to the emergecy ward at Worthing Hospital to increase their available PPE.

We have contacted students and families.

We have uploaded lots of work to the website.

We have planned and delivered key worker and vulnerable student provision to 24 students.

Working with social care to ensure support for families.

Planning our Easter offer for keyworkers and vulnerable students.

The staff team have continued to work amazingly well and again I would like to thank them for their dedication and commitment to ensuring that all elements of what we are doing is joined up and safe.

We have had many more photos coming in and I attach a selection iof them again.

It is important to discuss this letter with your daughter/son.  It will help keep them connected to the Oak Grove community and understand that the whole staff team is looking forward to seeing them as soon as possible but that we do not know when that will be.

I was sent this during the week; it sums up what we should all be doing very well:


Thank you for your energy, commitment and support to your children and the community at this time. Please stay safe, wash those hands and ensure you maintain a distance of 2m whenever you leave the house from other people, reduce all non-essential trips and remember if your child can be at home, that is where they must be.


Yours sincerely,


Phillip Potter