Community Update 29th May 2020

Community Update 29 May 2020

Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation during this long, hot lockdown due to the risks of Covid 19. As we start to move into this new phase there will be many anxieties about the future as it all becomes a little uncertain again.

The government announced yesterday that it believes it is able to move forward for its plan with wider opening of schools from the 1st June and 15th June.

Please remember special school guidance is to increase numbers carefully and is not year specific.

Our position was reviewed in detail by the governors this week and remains the same:

Any further opening will be done gradually.

All year 11s and sixth form leavers have been contacted and we will be able to clarify your end of Oak Grove time in college for them and we will be able to share a plan next week. The leavers hoodies have been ordered.

If you feel that your child/ young person needs a place at college please contact us via the college office. All those who have been allocated spaces have been spoken to by my team.

Our YouTube channel will have a video on it that shows some of the challenges of further opening and how we are reducing risk.

As we work towards a more normal scenario there is now guidance for those who show symptoms which I have outlined below from the Director of Public Health for West Sussex:

For anyone – young person or staff member – who believes they may have symptoms or is notified that they are a confirmed case of coronavirus, the individual affected must stay at home self-isolating.

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, OR you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, the clear medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home for at least seven days from when your symptoms started. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
  • You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 if you haven’t already
  • Consider alerting the people that you have had close contact within the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Following a positive test result, you will receive a request by text, email or phone to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website and provide information about recent close contacts.

Students in college currently:

If your young person is coming into college please can you ensure they are wearing sun cream or have some sun cream in their bags. Can they have water bottles and a hat as well!

It is important they do not turn up early to college and use the social distancing markers outside prior to entry.

If you are not in receipt of FSM after half term and you wish your young person to have a meal in college you will need to pay for this. This is a change in DFE policy. Alternatively you can send them in with a packed lunch.


The saga of Free School Meals continues! Before half term the DFE said that they would not be funding or providing vouchers for the May half term. Yesterday evening they changed their minds and announced it to everyone before telling schools! We will request vouchers for this last week for families and I am sorry this system results in you being messed around. It is as frustrating for us as it is for the hundred families directly impacted.

Work at home:

I am delighted that so many students are working on the on line maths platforms. Jack in 8SS has completed 2254 questions in the last 30 days. This is amazing. Don’t forget you can access Sumdog, My Maths, WordShark and TT Rockstars to do great learning. Some of you have certificates winging their way to you.

In response to comments from families we have also made some videos on YouTube to engage learning. These include a great drama video and more sensory learning so please make sure you are using these and don’t forget the excellent Oak National Academy Specialist Learning Curriculum at:

Please keep the photos coming for the website and to show us what you are doing to



I am sad to say that Jill Bruford will be leaving us as a Teaching Assistant but will be continuing to work with us through the Friends of Oak Grove College. We are all grateful for her excellent work through the last few years and wish her the best for the future.

Albert Coe, one of our teachers in Koa is leaving at the end of the summer term. He is expecting to move to Australia.

Welfare calls:

Where this is appropriate, when phoning to check that all is well with you staff will ask to speak to your daughter/son. This is part of our aim to keep students connected to college and also serves as a safeguarding check. However if you have any questions or worries then please phone the college or email me at . If you are worried about a safeguarding issue please email .


Use of Oak Grove College grounds:

This has been a great success and so Louise will be taking bookings for all Saturdays in June on Please remember to use the Littlehampton Road entrance next to the swimming pool.

Thank you for your continued hard work and energy to support everyone and your determination to look after all, please do check the YouTube channel for the video about wider opening.


Yours sincerely,



Phillip Potter



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