College Structure

The College operates a learning need (family group) based structure, with each group having its designated base in the building. In order to create balanced tutor groups and provide the most appropriate learning and support environment, some students are grouped differently and may be in tutor groups with a wider age range of students (especially those students with SLD & PMLD). However, for all students we aim to ensure that there are positive social and educational inclusion opportunities. We see this as essential to our goal of preparing students for being fully part of the community after College. Each hub is led by a Pastoral Leader who has overall pastoral responsibility for those in their group.

Leaders – Family Group Leaders

 

Name Role- Family Group
Sarah Ellis KS3 Wellbeing and Behaviour Lead – Avatar, Marvel and Da Vinci
Carrie-Anne Silence KS4 Wellbeing and Behaviour Lead – Avatar, Marvel and Da Vinci
Samantha Taylor Complex Needs Coordinator for Animus family group and KOA family group
Claire Goodger Assistant Complex Needs Coordinator
Carol Noble 6th Form Lead

 

Avatar, Da Vinci and Marvel Family Groups

Marvel, Da Vinci and Avatar are our family groups for students in year 7 to 11 who follow a subject based approach to the curriculum that is adapted to suit the needs of these learners.

Most students in these family groups move around from specialised subject room to specialised subject room for example science laboratory to music room.

Marvel is the family group for the KS4 (Y10/11) tutor groups and is led by Carrie Anne Sillence who is also our KS4/5 transition coordinator.

Avatar and Da Vinci are the family groups for year 7/8/9 tutor groups. These family groups are led by Sarah Ellis who also is our Year 6/7 transition coordinator.

The older year groups are based mainly in the specialist classrooms, with some in Marvel. Key Stage 3 groups will be based in Avatar, Da Vinci and Marvel.

Animus Family Group

 

Students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)/Complex needs have access to a wide range of activities during a typical week at college that include cooking, art, communication, music and story sessions.  The use of a county minibus facilitates community based learning.  In addition, weekly trampoline and swimming sessions are a great opportunity to carry out students’ individual physical programmes.  Animus staff work closely with a range of professionals including a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, dietician and college doctor.  Due to the very nature of our students’ complex needs, Animus family group uses time effectively to meet the ongoing physical, health and personal care needs for each individual student in such a way that creates opportunities for learning and independence.

Students benefit from regular routines and sessions that provide opportunities to anticipate and consolidate their learning.  Their learning takes place across their whole day during curriculum based sessions, personal care, tuck and lunch times.  Students’ experiences are varied and often linked to different topics or themes depending on what the focus is that term.  The main areas of learning for students are cognitive, communication, physical and daily living skills.  As a department we strive for opportunities that allow communication and independence to take place throughout the college day.

Successes for students will be very varied and may not be very conventional.  Many of our students have to work really hard in order to maintain their current levels of skill.  In light of this, success and progress could simply be when a student is able to maintain a skill.  Or it might be when a student can generalise a skill either with a different person and/or in a different environment.  Of course it could also be learning a brand new skill.  No two successes are alike and every success is valued and celebrated in its own right.

Close links with our parents and carers are essential to support the ongoing development of our students.  Good communication links through the home school books are essential to keep us up to date with significant events or changes, as well as the day to day routines and appointments.  Staff love hearing about what the students have been doing over the weekend, so that we can engage with the students about their experiences.  On a practical level we appreciate offers of help to support our various sessions throughout the week.

Koa Family Group

 

The Koa family group have access to a wide range of experiences during a typical week at college that include cooking, shopping, communication, music and community learning. 

Koa works closely with a range of professionals including a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, dietitian and college doctor. We incorporate the targets and goals set by these professionals to ensure that the therapy needs for each individual student are incorporated into their day in such a way that creates opportunities for learning and independence.

Koa students benefit from regular routines and sessions that provide opportunities to anticipate and consolidate their learning. Their learning takes place across their whole day during curriculum based sessions, personal care, snack and lunch times. Students’ experiences are varied and often linked to different topics or themes depending on what the focus is that term. The main areas of learning for students in Koa are My Communication, communication, My Thinking, My Body, My Self.  As a department, we strive for and celebrate opportunities that allow the students opportunity to engage and make progress. No two successes are alike and every success is valued and celebrated in its own right.

Close links with our parents and carers are essential to support the ongoing development of our students. Good communication links through the home schoolbook and switches are essential to keep us up to date with significant events or changes, as well as the day-to-day routines and appointments. Staff love hearing about what the students have been doing over the weekend, so that we can engage with the students about their experiences.

Sixth Form

The Sixth Form allows students to continue their studies while looking to prepare them for moving on to either employment, further education or adult services. Students can attend the Sixth Form for a maximum of 3 years. Students can move on at the end of the first or second year if they feel ready. 

The programme provides students with support to continue to develop and /or broaden their academic skills with a close focus on how these skills are needed in everyday living – domestic and at work. There is a strong focus on development of the students’ independence skills, at an appropriate level to their needs, in order to prepare them for life and/or work when they leave Oak Grove College. Students will work on these skills through classes such as travel training and meal preparation. Students also undertake work related learning in a variety of areas such as running the Sixth Form Café, working as a team on gardening and construction projects, or running their own chosen Enterprise project. Where possible they can also be given the opportunity to pursue classes in their personal interests such as drama, art, media, or Duke of Edinburgh.

 Throughout, students will focus on the development of their personal, social and work skills. English and Maths skills will also be embedded in this work. Individual progression will be closely monitored by the college’s own mapping and students will leave with a detailed ‘passport’ of what they have shown themselves capable of at Oak Grove College

 

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