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On the 21st September 2017 Herons Dale School joined the Federation of Special Schools compromising Cornfield School, Oak Grove College and Palatine School. Together the four schools form the Thrive Federation of Special Schools and they have one governing body, chaired by Geoff Palmer.

Cornfield School provides education for 9-16 year olds with SEMH as a primary need and is led by Mrs M Davis as Headteacher.

Herons Dale School provides education for 4-11 year olds in a generic primary special school environment and is led by Isabel Robson as Headteacher.

Oak Grove College provides education for 11-19 year olds in a generic secondary special school environment and is led by Phillip Potter as Headteacher.

Palatine Primary School provides education for 4-11 year old in a generic primary special school environment and is led by Catriona Goldsmith as Headteacher.

The aim of the Thrive Federation is to ensure all of our young people from 4- 19 years of age can benefit from “Learning without limits”.

There are a number of policies that apply across all four schools and other policies are operated at a school level.

The Federation was formed out of a desire to work closely with other schools and to maximise the potential of sharing expertise, experience and resources to benefit students and staff in the four schools. Regular opportunities for shared INSET days, the potential to share costs of specialist staff/resources, etc and the opportunity for Headteachers to work closely together are very beneficial.
The Federation Governing Body (FedGB) is the legal Governing Body and has equal representation from the four schools, including the four headteachers. It meets at least once each term.
The Governing Body is legally bound by agreed Statutory Responsibilities and Terms of Reference.
Each school has its own DFE number and its own delegated budget.
The FedGB has an agreed Schedule of Delegation, through which responsibility for the day to day management of individual schools is delegated to the Headteacher and Management Committee (MC).
Each MC must meet at least once a term and reports directly to the FedGB but is responsible for its own schedule of work and organisation, within their own agreed Terms of Reference.

If you wish to contact members of the OGC Management Committee to have a discussion, raise a concern or make a compliment about the work at Oak Grove please contact the clerk, Caroline Larkam via clerk@oakgrovecollege.org.uk or the PA to the Headteacher, Heather Jefferies/Sam Barker, pa@oakgrove.w-sussex.sch.uk and they will pass your concern, discussion or compliment directly to the relevant person.

The Chair of the Thrive Federation Governing Body is: Geoff Palmer.

The Co Chairs of the OGC Management Committee are: Liz Cook and Chrissie Chalmers

The Vice Chair of the OGC Management Committee is: Raye Mills.

The safeguarding governors are: Raye Mills Chrissie Chalmers and Joe Lightbody

The health and safety governor is: Tony Cooper.

The associate governor for oversight of CLA and PPG students is: Liz Cook

The associate governor for oversight of the website is: Liz Cook.

Please click on the links to give you further information about the Federation Governing Body and OGC Management Committee.