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Booster Vaccinations – Important Information

Parent/carer information:

Please be aware Booster Vaccination Date is 14 February 2020.

The Vaccination start time, from 8.45am.

Co-op Local Cause

Please note, we have recently become a Co-op local cause (running until October 2020) and have raised additional funds to assist the school already.   Anyone who registers as a Co-op member can chose Oak Grove as their local cause and 1% of the money they spend on Co-op will go to the school.

If you are interested in helping us raise additional funds for the school this is a fantastic opportunity.

Further information on Co-op Local Causes can be found here: Co-op local-causes

You can become a member at https://membership.coop.co.uk/new-registration.

Lucky Lotto

Friends of Oak Grove College are organising “Lucky Lotto”

£20 for 20 weeks beginning in the New Year.

Please see the attached flyer for details on how to register and take part.

WSCC School/College Transport – September 2020

WSCC School/college Transport in September 2020 for Students aged 16+ who have an EHCP (current Year 11s.)


This September the LA had a number of students who have not had the transport help they were hoping for.

Current Year 11s, whether they continue their placement in the same setting or move on to another setting will have to apply for transport assistance to continue.  The key messages to pass to parent/carers and students who live in West Sussex and making choices for their Post-16 further education are:

  • Apply for transport assistance in May 2020 (even if the student is currently on transport and staying at the same school.)
  • The deadline for applications for September 2020 is Friday 3 July 2020.
  • An application is needed even if the student claims a fuel allowance.
  • There is a contribution which is currently £630 (subject to review, likely to increase) and can be paid in instalments.
  • Families with a low income who qualify do not need to pay the contribution.
  • Financial help is available from schools/colleges’ Post-16 Bursary Fund.

·         Education only funds transport up to the year in which the young person turns 19yrs i.e. he/she must be under 19yrs in the academic year in which they are starting a new course.

·         Train and bus passes which can be organised on a student’s behalf (where cheaper for a parent.) If a minibus/taxi is organised the contribution is annual and not dependant on the amount of times a taxi/minibus is used.

Many pupils are looking around colleges and schools at open days. It is important that they understand the implications of the choice of school/college with regard to transport.


The criteria for assistance for students with EHCPs can be viewed at www.westsussex.gov.uk/Post-16transport. In short, the course has to be full time, at the closest suitable school/college offering the course and be over 3 miles walking distance from the home address.


If a comparable course is offered at a closer establishment to the home address then it is extremely unlikely that transport assistance would be offered.  The student would then be expected to make their own travel arrangements.


A taxi is only offered in exceptional circumstances and is likely to be time limited, with a review, with an expectation that some travel training (where a student is capable) is undertaken.


Many young people are working towards independent travel.  Bus and train passes are therefore regularly issued to students with EHCPs when previously they have travelled by taxi.  Plumpton College and Chichester College (Brinsbury campus) run their own college buses, with details on the individual college websites.


For advice about how the choice of school or college may affect transport options please contact the Post-16 team on 0330 222 3588 or email Post16Travel@westsussex.gov.uk prior to making decisions about what school or college to attend. Students should discuss the educational content of a course, if they have any queries, with their Post-16 SENAT Preparation for Adulthood Planning Coordinator.

Nut Free School

Oak Grove College is a Nut Free School, please see information below on this issue:

Lodge Hill Holiday Activity Clubs

Lodge Hill

Lodge Hill is an outdoor activity centre, nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park, for schools, youth groups & adults.

Please see the latest poster for Half Term Holiday Activity Clubs – February 2020.

South Downs SCITT – Training to become a Teacher

The South Downs SCITT is a local teacher training provider, rated Outstanding by Ofsted working with partner schools in the local area. They are holding an informal coffee morning for those who are interesting in training to become a teacher to find out more.


Please see the attached flyer for further details:

Valentine’s Silent Disco.

South Down’s Leisure have a fun Silent Disco coming up at Worthing Leisure Centre (West Sussex) on Saturday 8th February.
Please see the attached flyer for details:

Extratime Family Fun Day

26th January 2020
10am – 4pm

No need to book!

Herons Dale School, Hawkins
Crescent, Shoreham-by-Sea,
West Sussex, BN43 6TN

See below for further details:

Holiday Leisure Activities

Oak Grove College & South Downs Leisure Activity Program- Half Term Holiday Activities.

Please see the attached for further details of holiday activities on the 18th and 21st February during half term.  This includes booking and contact details.

Disability Family Fun Day – Splashpoint LC, Worthing

There is a fantastic Disability Fun Day coming up on 25th January at Splashpoint Leisure Centre , Worthing.  This time, not only will the usual fun water-based activities be on offer but also a Lego Robotics Workshop.

Please see below for further details:

Newsletter: December 2019

Mufti Day

Friday 13th December Mufti Day – students can wear their own clothes and pay £1 with all proceeds to go to Friends of Oak Grove.

Please see below for details: