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
  • Continence Team
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Physiotherapist (PT)
  • Occupational Therapists (OT)
  • Wheelchair Services


Music Therapist

Vicky is our music therapist and has worked with children and young people with complex additional needs for 15 years. She started the charity Waves Music Therapy in 2013 as a means to ensure that music therapy is accessible and available to all.  Waves Music Therapy now reaches over 1,300 people in West Sussex per year.  Vicky is with us at Oak Grove on a Monday and runs individual music therapy sessions as well as music workshops with our students.





Who are Thought-Full?

West Sussex Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in Schools.

What do we do?

We are an early intervention and prevent service, supporting children, young people, parents, carers and educational settings. We promote positive mental and emotional wellbeing by delivering low-intensity cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) informed interventions. These are goal-focused sessions, helping to address a specific worry or problem. We offer support for low mood, anxiety, sleep difficulties, specific phobias, worries and more.

For more information please see our website Thought-Full

The Mental Health lead for Oak Grove College is Sam Taylor


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

Libby Summers is the Speech and Language Therapy Assistant who works closely with the Speeach and language Therapy Team. Libby delivers blocks of therapy to children who need extra support. These sessions are based on targetes set by the child’s speech and language therapist.

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


Laura Day is the Moving and Handling Lead at Oak Grove College, and Adam Tester is the Manual Handling Trainer.

Laura completes complex risk assessments and handling plans. Laura also undertakes complex sling assessments under the guidance of the WSCC team and and gives recommendations for equipment that can benefit working environments with the college.

Laura and Adam also provide induction training for new staff and refresher training for established staff.

Laura works closely with class teams and students to ensure we are meeting their moving and handling needs.

Laura runs a weekly clinic which helps allows staff to come to her with any concerns or worries they may have.

Zoe Browning of the the West Sussex County Council Moving and Handling Team West Sussex County Council works with Oak Grove College by 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 and by providing 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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