Safeguarding at Oak Grove College

The college is rigorous in discharging its responsibilities to safeguard the welfare of all students.  All staff are vetted before appointment and similar police checks are required for others working in college, such as volunteers.  Staff have a high level of personal knowledge of each student’s circumstances and are alert to any changes in well-being.  Our duty of care requires us to follow up any concerns raised by a student or are apparent to staff.   This will usually be directly with parents/carers, but in cases of significant concern, this will be Social and Caring Services.  A copy of the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is available on the website.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for the college is James Winchester, Deputy Head.

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads for the college are Phillip Potter and Sam Taylor.

The college employs a full-time Safeguarding Officer, Elspeth Cloake.

The Child Protection and Safeguarding Governors for the college are Ann Schreiner and Katie Cash.

The Health and Safety Officer for the college is Jen Pogacic, Finance & Premises Manager.

The email address to contact them on is or contact the school via 01903 708870


Safeguarding is also promoted through the taught curriculum and in the care and guidance offered to students.  The college curriculum and personal development programmes help students to understand risk, manage relationships, recognise and deal with unfair treatment such as bullying, and support development of a healthy lifestyle. 


All visitors to college are expected to sign in and display a visitor’s badge at all times.

Designated Staff

Name Role
James Winchester Designated Safeguarding Lead/Deputy Headteacher
Elspeth Cloake Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead/ Safeguarding Officer
Phillip Potter Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead / Headteacher
Samantha Taylor Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead / Assistant Headteacher



If you have a concern about a child outside of school or want to seek support directly contact the Integrated Front Door (IFD)
on 01403 229900

Out of Hours – 0330 222 6664

Other relevant contacts

West Sussex Safeguarding Children’s Board Website

Local Authority Designated Officer – 0330 2226450

Adult Safeguarding Team – 01243 642121

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