Dear Parent / Carer,

I hope you are all enjoying the lighter days and keeping safe and well. I keep watching the news hopeful for some decent snow to enable us to do something slightly different! Every time I get excited the forecast changes!

The number of community transmission cases of Covid 19 continues to fall and this is good news, the numbers in hospital is falling but not as rapidly so it is clear we are moving in the right direction. Speaking to many of the parents who drop students off it is clear that those working in the NHS are absolutely working their hearts out and our continued thanks and praise goes to them all. The death of Captain Sir Thomas Moore this week reminds us of the impact this virus can have but also reminds us of the impact all of us can have for good and that there should be no barrier to achieving things in life. It is important that we all look for people who can inspire us in life.

We will be increasing, gradually, next week and after half term the number of students in college. At this point in time we seem to be moving confidently to 8th March and full college re opening. The government plan will not be released until after half term.

We are using the time with less students in college and half term to undertake some significant work in college with replacing a boiler, replacing the filtering system for the swimming pool, renewing some flooring and installing a cycle way in the playground. This will mean the pool is closed for the two weeks after half term.

Half term free school meals vouchers will be ordered at the start of next week and these will come through the Wonde system, so this will be different compared to the term time vouchers. The value of the vouchers for half term only will be £20 per student. This is being administered by the college and organised and funded through West Sussex County Council.

Friends of Oak Grove College AGM:

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Oak Grove College will be on Tuesday 9th February at 4pm. It will be via Zoom  and the link is below, so all can join to find out how they can contribute to fundraising for the college. We always welcome more families to support us in these efforts. We look forward to seeing many of you there to help us plan for the future fundraising of the college, you don’t have to be able to give up lots of time, a small amount of time would still be really helpful and useful for the group. Please do give it serious consideration otherwise it ends up with a small group of the same people working hard in a voluntary capacity for all our students.

The log in details for this are:

Meeting ID: 845 2570 0939

Passcode: KD1DNd

Home learning:

I have again been very pleased to see the amount and quality of home learning that students have been undertaking and some amazing research undertaken by students in college.

If you are struggling with technology at home and need access to a laptop please email or speak to your child’s form tutor.

Well done to the students who have been taking part in the Kahoot maths challenges. The passcodes for next weeks challenges are:

Keep up the great work with the home learning and remember to share photos you are happy to be shared at Well done to all those students with certificates at the end of the letter.


I am aware that there have been some changes to how people are included in the priority list for vaccinations and that this should be a positive move for those of you classed as carers. I am getting clarification on this to ensure I have my facts right before sharing with you.

Testing Centre:

If your student is in college please give careful consideration to them taking part in the testing regime for Covid 19. This helps to keep us all safer in the community.

I would like to thank the family members, governors and staff relatives who are helping to staff the centre at present. As more students come back to college, I will become more reliant on volunteers for this. Lisa Edwards our science teacher and chief tester and her team are doing an amazing job.

Can you be part of Oak Grove College’s    2021 Community Plant Sale?

Each year we run a Plant Sale which raises money that can be used to enrich the experiences of our young people at Oak Grove College. We usually rely on generous donations from local nurseries.  But, as we will not be able to do that this year, we are seeking help from our community in how to run it differently. Rather than receiving a lot of plants from just one place, we are looking at receiving a few plants from lots of different places!

Here are some ways you could get involved:

  • Do you have an allotment? Could you grow some extra plants to donate to us to sell?
  • Would you be happy to contact local allotments / local nurseries to ask for donations?
  • Do you have any spare seeds you could donate to us to grow?
  • Would you be happy to grow plants at home then pass on to us to sell?
  • Would you be happy to receive plants to sell from your driveway / front garden in May?
  • Would you be happy to receive a growing pack and sell what you grow on to friends and family?
  • Ask friends and family for plant orders that can be delivered to them?

 Plant                                        Grow                                Sell

Please get in touch with Carol, Mike or Adrian to let us know what you can do

As ever if you have any worries or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact the college. I am available from 11 30- 12 30 on Monday to take calls from families if you wish to discuss anything with me.

Stay safe and thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,




Phillip Potter


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