Dear Parent / Carer,
Community Update 26th June 2020
I hope you have all enjoyed the hot weather this week and it has not been too hot for you. This has been a busy week in college. It has been really good to see the plans for continuity of care, therapy and learning coming out of the virtual MDT meetings, planning the return to college for some of our learners with complex medical and care needs. I am grateful to the families and students who have engaged with these.
It has also been wonderful to see many of the Year 11 and sixth form students who are leaving us during the course of this week. It is a great shame that we have not been able to celebrate with a graduation event but you should all have your leavers hoodies now! I would like to thank the Friends of Oak Grove College for paying for these hoodies. All those leaving have made such progress over their time with us and they should be proud of their achievements. This can only have happened with the support of families and staff working in partnership and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support over the years.
It is that partnership work that enables young people to flourish. We are all proud of the achievements of the students and as they move on to many varied places including:
The Sand Project
We are proud of all of our leavers and all they have achieved.
It is wonderful to hear of the achievements of our students after they have left so please do keep in touch.
There will be a leavers message from the College on our YouTube Channel this evening.
Free School Meals:
The government has confirmed that all those entitled to FSM will get a voucher to support them over the holiday. This will be one voucher, issued at the start of the holiday and will be ordered from the college using the current Endred system. Families won’t need to apply for it or to order it.
Last day of term:
The last day of term for students in college is Friday 17th July.
Exam Results Day:
Exam results will be available from 10am in The Rosie on Thursday 20th August 2020. Please ensure you follow the signs regarding the social distancing principles that we will be applying on the day.
All providers who hire the buildings over the summer have either cancelled their provision or have not yet been given the go ahead to operate. We will also need to do our annual maintenance work to ensure the building is safe and we have some pre-booked building work we are expecting to take place. We are looking at how we can provide some limited, respite support for families. I hope to have details and clarity about this for next week.
Return in September:
As year 6 students are not going to be able to undertake transition visits to meet their new classes we are expecting to have the very start of the term with our new students returning first. We are expecting the new government guidance on returning to school in September to be issued next week. At that point we will be able to plan with some certainty. Even with the social distancing measure at 1m there will be many challenges to resolve, especially for transport and how we keep groups separate for lunch time.
Letters will be issued next week confirming who class/ form tutors are for next academic year.
Students in college currently:
If your young person is coming into college please can you ensure they have a rain coat and/or sun cream as appropriate as we now seem to be having a more traditional summer. They will spend a significant proportion of their time out of the classroom outdoors. This is part of the government safety guidance.
It is important they do not turn up early to college and use the social distancing markers outside prior to entry.
Anyone who is coming into college is entitled to a free school meal – the county council has changed its policy back to all in college get a free meal. However if you are entitled to a FSM in college you cannot receive a food voucher for that week as well. I am sorry that the policies keep changing in regards to meals, however I am very grateful for the excellent support from our catering team and the West Sussex Catering team over this time.
Please ensure students wear clean clothes each day to ensure that we are able to be as effective at infection control as possible.
Any student who feels unwell should not attend college that day.
Work at Home:
Well done to those using the online platforms for their skills development. This is an excellent work effort.
Annual reports for students who have not already had them this year (some were completed and issued in the Autumn term) will soon be available for you and we will be inviting families of students currently in year 9 to come in and meet with someone to discuss the report but also to brief those students on September as they will be going to college for one day per week and starting their options courses. Our aim in doing this is to reduce their anxiety and help prepare for as smooth as start as possible in September.
Please keep the photos coming for the website and to show us what you are doing to:
I continue to be proud of how all members of our wide community have worked together over these last couple of months.