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In memory of Lara and early school finish on 17 May

LGBTU Allies

Oak Grove College are proud to be an inclusive and tolerant environment. We have adopted the practise of having LGBTU Allies who are honoured to support and respect young people’s diversity.

LGBTU Allies wear rainbow lanyards in order to: · Promote inclusion and acceptance of students that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and all other gender identities.

· Show students who they can talk to about any LGBTU questions or worries. · Provide a clear sign that we are tolerant of all.

· Give an easy way to identify a safe staff member for students who may be teased or worse because of their physical, emotional or sexual identity.

In this way we are showing our acceptance and support and the LGBTU allies are there for all students, not only those that identify as LGBTU.

Support for the bereaved families from the Grand Canyon tragedy.

Becky was an exceptional member of staff at Oak Grove College from September 2010 until April 2014 and she made a significant contribution to enriching the lives of young people. Her mum, Jane and sister, Nicki, work at the College.

Many people have expressed the desire to support the family at this difficult time. The link here takes you to a crowd funding page to help raise money for all the families involved.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families and friends affected by this tragic loss.

Phillip Potter

Link to Funding Page

Congratulations to Oak Grove College!

“I would like to offer sincere thanks and congratulations to Oak Grove College for your wonderful production of The Tempest as part of the 2017 Shakespeare Schools Festival…”

Compass Card West Sussex

Compass Card West Sussex – a free leisure discount card for 0 to 25 year olds with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), which is run by local charity Amaze.

Please visit the website for more details;


There are now over 100 offers for Compass Card West Sussex – including free swimming and gym at K2, discounted tenpin bowling and soft play, and special offers on performance across the region, discounts on taxis, leisure centres and much more.

Workshop for Parent Carers

All Children who currently have a Statement of Educational Need will be transferring to an Education Health and Care plan (EHCP) by 31 March 2018.

This workshop will help you to get the best from your EHCP.

Annual General Meeting of Friends of Oak Grove College: Headteacher Report

The Friends of Oak Grove College continue to work to help provide the best resources for all of our 254 students so that they have the best education, care and support possible. Alongside this they do wonderful work in supporting all of our families providing refreshments at consultation evenings and a wide range of social events for families.

The FOGC comprises parents, volunteers and staff who give of their time freely and on behalf of the whole school community.  I would like to express my gratitude for their energies and efforts and also all of those staff and family members who have supported events over the last year.

The achievements of the FOGC are many:

  1. a) Funding the new outdoor science classroom
  2. b) Working with HSBC to get funding for the science classroom and its landscaping
  3. c) Raising funds for an Eye Gaze system
  4. d) Starting to raise funds for the refurbishment of a classroom

I look forward to the coming year and the support the FOGC provides to all.

Phillip Potter


Pupil Premium/ Free School Meals

Which pupils qualify for free school meals?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit

What are the benefits of claiming free school meals?

School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime, and they can also save you time and money.

Claiming free school meals also helps the school. We get extra funding, known as the ‘pupil premium’, for every eligible pupil who is registered.

What is the pupil premium?

The pupil premium grant is funding provided to schools to help all pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation.

Pupils may be eligible if they:

  • Are registered for free school meals
  • Have been registered for free school meals at any point since May 2010
  • Are, or have been, in care
  • Have parents in the armed forces

How is the pupil premium funding used?

The pupil premium is not used to pay for school meals. Schools use the funding to improve the attainment of pupils who are eligible.

How can I ensure the school gets the funding?

The more eligible pupils that are registered for free school meals, the more funding the school receives.

Registering does not mean your child has to take up free school meals if they don’t want to.

You should still register for free school meals even if you would rather your child had a different meal, such as a packed lunch.

You can obtain an application form for free school meals by calling the school on 01908 708870 and asking for Lesley Crosby or emailing her at lcrosby@oakgrovecollege.org.uk.  Once the form has been completed, it should be returned to Lesley at school and she will scan and email it to West Sussex County Council.  This will prevent any complications with it being lost in the post or not being received by the correct department.  When WSCC has reviewed the application, Lesley will notify you of the outcome and a confirmation letter will be sent to you by WSCC. Unfortunately it will not be possible for your child to receive free school meals until full confirmation has been received.

Contact the school

If you have any questions about free school meals, please speak to Lesley Crosby at Oak Grove College.

External sources

The government’s website has information about who is eligible for free school meals, as well as information on how to apply.

Apply for free school meals, GOV.UK

You can also read further information about the pupil premium at the following link.

Pupil premium funding and accountability for schools

Young people adopted from care

There is a grant (Pupil Premium) available to the college for all adopted children from Reception class through to Year 11.  This grant provides funding to help schools give extra support to all children adopted from care to help them reach their potential.

It is paid to schools so that it can be invested in specific support measures to address the issues that may be preventing them from reaching their potential. Schools have flexibility over how they use the pupil premium, as they are best placed to understand their specific needs and to address the barriers that might prevent such children from achieving their full potential

Whilst the money is not ring-fenced to be directly applied to the child, the accountability measures in place around the pupil premium should ensure that schools use the funding specifically to benefit those pupils for whom it has been allocated.

So that Oak Grove College can claim the Pupil Premium, you will need to inform Sharon Kettlewell, Business Manager that your child is adopted and provide supporting evidence, for example a photocopy of the adoption order.

Workshop for Parent Carers

All Children who currently have a Statement of Educational Need will be transferring to an Education Health and Care plan (EHCP) by 31 March 2018.

This workshop will help you to get the best from your EHCP.