Community Update 5th June 2020

Dear Parent / Carer,

Community Update 5th June 2020

I would like to start this letter by thanking all those in the Oak Grove College community who are working tirelessly with our young people and providing support to families in these testing times.

My thanks also goes to all families for their ongoing support, cooperation and resilience during Covid-19 lockdown.  It is lovely to hear from families the adaptations and resilience our young people are showing.  I also recognise the challenges that this has placed on families and the longer this goes on the greater the need for support especially around wellbeing and mental health of our students.  Below are some links to resources to support around these areas –

  • Primarily about how to deal with anxiety and other mental health concerns in young people:

  • Primarily ideas and resources to help promote positive wellbeing at home:

If there are any further resources or support you need in these areas do contact us.


We continue to plan to gradually increase our numbers but ultimately we need to ensure that the provision we provide is safe and that you have trust in what we are doing following the national guidance on mitigating risks for students and staff.

Our position remains that:

Any further reopening will be gradual

Priority is given to those students of families of key workers and those identified by us, social care and families as specifically vulnerable.

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 a member of the senior leadership team.


At the end of last week we released a video outlining the measures we have put in place across the college and how we are looking to move forward with increased numbers. The feedback on this from families has been positive. If there are any specific questions that students have around the provision we have setup do get in touch via the office and will look to produce a further video to answer these.


Can I remind you of the guidance from the Director of Public Health for West Sussex for those who show symptoms:

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.

Attached to this letter is a poster from the government outlining their expectations if you are contacted via the NHS Test and Track service.


Work at home:

We are busy producing further home school packs to be sent home shortly. These are in addition to the online learning resources we have on our website –

Students in subject based learning can also access English and Maths work via WordShark and SumDog which is being monitored by their English and Maths teachers.

In addition the Oak National Academy learning curriculum have excellent resources specifically tailored to communication and life skills.

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

The gallery has been updated so see who you can spot on there –


Digital Devices

Further to the government announcement of providing digital devices to students in the following categories –

  • care leavers
  • children and young people aged 0 to 19 with a social worker
  • disadvantaged year 10 pupils

We have an update that West Sussex have received their allocation and we are awaiting for the local authority/virtual school to distribute these to schools.



We have been fortunate to have received donation from a range of different organisations during this period. £4000 from the Sussex Crisis Fund to support creating sensory packs to send home, £1125 from St Andrews Church in Tarring to support families in need and £300 from St Marys Church. Huge thanks goes to these organisations who have donated these funds.


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 Phillip at . If you are worried about a safeguarding issue please email .


Use of Oak Grove College grounds:

This continues to be 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 support of the college community. If you wish to discuss this letter, please phone in next week on Monday or Tuesday.

I would also like to thank students, families, staff, govenors, therapy/nursing teams and all our support teams for this continued support and hard work during this time.


Yours sincerely,




James Winchester

Deputy Headteacher


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