Changes to Post 16 provision at Oak Grove College

West Sussex County Council has been developing a new Education and Skills Strategy to support the inclusion of all children and young people, particularly those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This strategy builds on the SEND strategy for 2016-2019 and the outcomes of the 2018 Ofsted/CQC SEND Local Area inspection.

This booklet explains the proposals to change the Post 16 provision at Oak Grove College. As a community special school, the Local Authority can propose to make changes to special school provision subject to public consultation as set in statutory guidance Making Significant Changes (‘Prescribed Alterations’) To Maintained Schools for Proposers and Decision Makers Oct 2018 published by the Department for Education.  The proposal is to reduce Post 16 planned places in both Years 12 and 13 from 56 to 24 by 2025/26 but retain the overall number of places at the school of 256 by re-designating some of the sixth form for pre-16 provision.  This is in line with the current patterns of attendance.

The consultation will run until 5th October 2020 and there will the opportunity to attend two public meetings on the 22nd September at 15:30 and 19:30 where representatives from the county and school will be present to discuss this.

The online consultation can be found


Oliver Lane-Smith

(SEND School Planning Officer)

The School Organisation Team

0330 222 3105


Paper copies are available on request or can be email directed to you – please contact the college office for either of these.

FINALconsultation document OGC post16 JUN20