At Oak Grove College, we work with a range of therapists to support our students with a range of needs. They work in consultation with college staff and support and develop all our workforce to ensure we offer the best to all students and their families.

We work with a range of visiting professionals including

  • Consultant Community Paeditrician 
  • Dietician
  • Continance Team
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Physiotherapist (PT)
  • Occupational Therapists (OT)
  • Wheelchair Services

YourSpace Counsellors

Hi my name is Vicky-Lee. I qualified as an Art Psychotherapist 15 years ago. I have also recently qualified as a Mindfulness Teacher. I have experience of working in

in schools and the NHS as an Art Psychotherapist

Vicky-Lee Sutton

Counsellor, YourSpace

Speech and Language Therapists

My name is Cat and I am a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working across the Special Schools in the Worthing area. I have a caseload of students who I see on a regular basis for direct speech and language input and assessment of eating and drinking skills. I work closely with class teams in order to ensure speech and language therapy continues in the classroom and to work on functional language skills with students so they can use their developing communication skills in a range of environments. Students can be referred to me via the school or other professionals (e.g. GP, paediatrician).

Cat Simmonds

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, NHS

My name’s Susie. I’m a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Oak Grove College. I’m employed by Sussex Community Foundation Trust and I work at the College on weekly basis.

I have a caseload of children whom I see regularly. I assess their speech, language and communication needs. I work with the school staff on supporting these pupils to develop their communication skills through programmes of work. I also work with pupils who have eating and drinking difficulties. I assess whether the pupils can safely and advise adjustments to what the pupils should eat based upon this. Pupils can be referred to me through the school and other professionals.

Susie Browning

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, NHS

Occupational Therapists (OT)

The NHS OT’s our role is to work with the school staff, other therapy colleagues and parents to enable students to access and engage in daily activities within their school and home life. This may involve advice to develop a student’s independence skills such as dressing or eating and drinking  or school based activities such as recording work or accessing curriculum activities such as food tech. OT’s may also provide advice on developing hand skills or sensory processing skills ,recommend equipment to help develop independence or to improve the young person’s sitting and posture.

Ceri Byrne

Occupational Therapist

Moving and Handling

West Sussex County Council has a Moving and Handling Team who work within establishments, schools and homes across the county.

Pip Dennis works in partnership with Oak Grove College manual handling leads.

They are:

Alison Cooke

Emma Kelly

Sophie Awde

They provide

  • Induction training for new staff
  • Refresher training for staff who have attended induction training
  • Recommendations for equipment and adaptations to improve working environments within the school.
  • Complex risk assessments and handling plans alongside moving and handling leads and staff in school
  • Supporting SMT to source cost effective resources and solutions to reduce the risk injury to the staff and children in their care through moving and handling practice
  • Complex sling assessments
  • Ongoing support for Moving and Handling Leads to ensure that they are up to date with current moving and handling practise, legal requirements and equipment

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