Community Update 12th June


Dear Parent / Carer,

Community Update 12th June 2020

As the lockdown is gradually eased and small, gradual steps are taken to the country opening up more it is important to recognise the significant efforts of all our families and students have made in coping with difficult, fast changing and anxious times. Alongside that I want to thank the staff team for their amazing hard work to getting what has been asked of schools done in a timely and clear way and for going above and beyond on so many occasions.

We have been able to gradually increase what we are doing:

Face to Face counselling for some students will start to take place in a socially distanced way in college.

A few more students are now coming into college and a few more will be added to this next week.

More work packs are being sent out for students to complete.

Sixth Form students who are leaving have been invited back into college on Monday and Tuesday 22nd and 23rd June. Families may need to transport students in.

Year 11 students who are leaving will be invited back into college on Thursday and Friday 25th and 26th June. Families may need to transport students in.


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

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.

Durrington High School:

Year 10 will start to go back for lessons from next week and all of their students will have to walk onto site: if you are dropping a student off on-site you will notice more staff at the gates and around.

Health guidance:

Please remember this guidance:

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 have a rain coat and/or sun cream as appropriate as we now seem to be having a more traditional summer.

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.

Year 11 students who are moving on from Oak Grove officially leave on 30th June. We will therefore not offer any more placements to those students from then (apart from in exceptional safeguarding cases) however those in receipt of FSM will continue to get the vouchers until the end of the academic year.


Some of the laptops for those eligible students have been received and as soon as the eligibility has been confirmed we will write to you to arrange the delivery of the laptop. Please remember these laptops revert to the college at the end of this pandemic.


Some of our teachers have spent a huge amount of time completing paperwork, moderation and sending in lots of evidence of the work that students have completed in years 10 and 11 to ensure they still get awarded their certificates and qualifications. This has been a huge task and it is important to recognise that and to thank those colleagues. This means no student should be disadvantaged in terms of qualifications for the future but does mean it is based on their classwork and not exam performance.

Work at home:

Well done to those using the online platforms for their skills development. This is an excellent work effort. Below is a certificate from Sumdog awarded to one of our Year 9 students for answering a huge amount of questions in one week.

Therapies in School (TIS):

This is being updated with new resources to provide support and further information for young people that benefit from Therapies in Schools, including, activities, useful tips and advice as well as contact information.

The TIS Service consists of additional Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy services funded by West Sussex County Council and delivered by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

The TIS Service works collaboratively with existing therapy services in schools, providing a “one team therapy” approach, by offering additional training and input to support.

To find out more, please follow this link:

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 .


Resources sensory kit:

The Frozen Light Theatre Company is an amazing theatre company with the aim of creating high quality, age appropriate theatre for audiences with PMLD. They have released a fantastic sensory kit based around ‘The Forest’ for families to access at home.


Superheroes Triathlon at Home

Every year Claire Moyle takes a group of students to Dorney Lake in Windsor to take part in a Superhero’s Triathlon event. This year instead, students can all take part at home. Every MLD student in school is taking part so we are going to have a School v Home competition. Each week Claire will post a leaders board for the top triathlete in school and at home. All you have to do is walk, push, jog, run or bike 20km (13 miles/half marathon). This can be done in small stages as you have a month to complete the challenge and it can also be done individually or as a family. Send your weekly mileage to  stating whether you walked, pushed, jogged, run or rode so she can enter it on the leader board.

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. However these bookings will not be on offer in July as we will be using the Saturdays for tours of the college for families with children in year 5 who still have to make decisions about their preferred school for year 7 by the end of July. This is the only way to enable people to visit, maintain social distance and clean for opening on Monday.

You Tube:

I hope you have all seen the new signed song on our You Tube Channel; our Communication Lead, Mia is trying her hardest to get some of our signed work onto the BBC!


Thank you for your great support at this time, I am available all day on Tuesday to take calls from families if you wish to speak to me specifically. Please phone the office and they will put you through.

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


I am proud of how all members of our wide community have worked together over these last couple of months.



Yours sincerely,




Phillip Potter


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