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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

Newsletter: November

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.

Eco Lodge – A sustainable learning space

This grant from The Naturesave Trust has helped our college to address the needs of a growing student population in a creative way.  We were able to construct a new science classroom where the building itself inspires and excites the students into learning about science and the environment.

The Naturesave Trust

Aviva Community Fund – Replacement of Play Surfaces

Please vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund competition where we are looking to replacement the surfaces in our playground as these have deteriorated over the years. The Aviva Community Fund will finance over 500 projects across four different fund levels and four categories, giving our awards to communities throughout the UK.

The link to vote is



Thank you


November’s Autism friendly screenings at Cineworld

November’s films

Cineworld host an autism friendly cinema screening on the first Sunday of every month at 11am.

Cineworld’s next autism friendly film screening is The Lego Ninjago Movie on Sunday 5th November at 11am.

Find out more

Showcase host an autism friendly cinema screening on the second Sunday of the month at 10am.

Showcase’s next autism friendly film screening is The Lego Ninjago Movie on Sunday 12th November at 10am.

Find out more

ODEON host an autism friendly cinema screening every month at 10:15am. At a select number of cinemas, ODEON are trialling screenings for older audiences.

ODEON’s October autism friendly film screening is The Lego Ninjago Movie on Sunday 29th October at 10:15am.

ODEON’s October autism friendly films for older audiences at 9 cinemas is Thor Ragnarok (TBC) on Monday 30th October at 6pm.

ODEON’s November autism friendly film screening is My Little Pony on Sunday 19thNovember at 10:15am.

ODEON’s November autism friendly films for older audiences at 9 cinemas is Justice League  (tbc) on Monday 20th November at 6pm.

Please note Epsom ODEON’s Sunday screening time is 11am.

Find out more

Vue host an autism friendly cinema screening on the last Sunday of every month at 10:15am, from £1.99.

Vue’s October autism friendly film screening is Despicable Me 3 on Sunday 29th October at 10:15am.

Vue’s November autism friendly film screening is Captain Underpants on Sunday 26th November at 10:15am.

Find out more

As always, adjustments will be in place for all of the screenings. These include: lights being left on low, no adverts, lower sound levels, people being able to move around the cinema and able to take their own food.

Please note:

*ODEON tickets may be subject to a £1 Blockbuster charge if the film is a new release.

Key points:

  • Showcase films start at 10am, Vue films start at 10:15am, Cineworld films start at 11am and ODEON films start at 10.15am and 6pm for the adult screening trial – there are no trailers so please make sure you are seated in time
  • Full list of participating cinemas
  • List of ODEON cinemas selected to run Autism Friendly Screenings for older audiences
  • ODEON tickets can be booked from 5pm on the Tuesday before the screening through the ODEON accessibility helpline number 0800 138 3315. Or book online
  • ODEON tickets may be subject to a £1 Blockbuster charge for new releases
  • Vue tickets can be booked online or for information call 08712 240 240
  • Cineworld tickets can be booked online or for information call 0871 200 2000
  • Showcase tickets can be booked online or by calling 0871 220 1000
  • For answers to all your questions about Autism Friendly Films please visit our FAQs page
  • For the latest Autism Friendly Screening news sign up to our enewsletter on our website
  • Vue tickets are priced from £1.99 because they are older films.

Visit www.dimensions-uk.org/autismfriendly for more information.

Follow DimensionsUK on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date

Myanmar Refugee Cake Sale

Just to say a huge thank you- the OGC community raised £150.00 in yesterday’s Myanmar refugee cake sale!

A cheque for this amount will shortly be sent to the Disaster Emergency Committee. https://donation.dec.org.uk/myanmar#/

Newsletter: October

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