Changes to Post 16 provision at Oak Grove College

Closed 5 Oct 2020

Opened 7 Sep 2020

Feedback updated 10 Dec 2020

We asked

Oak Grove College is a special school in Worthing that offers provision for students with learning difficulties from Years 7-14. Following assessment of options for post-16 provision for children with SEND it is recognised that many of the pupils with less complex needs who currently undertake their post-16 studies at Oak Grove could be successfully educated within mainstream Further Education Colleges, thereby enabling Oak Grove College to focus provision for students with more complex needs.

Redesignation the post-16 provision to become more specialist would also mean there could be a reduction in the number of post-16 planned places at the college, form 56 to 24 by 2025/26. The intention would be to retain the overall number of places at the school (256) by redesignating some of the post-16 places as pre-16 provision. 

You said

The responses showed 55% of respondents supported the proposals, 9% were against and 36% were neutral.  82% of respondents agree that the school is centered on the needs of the children and learners.

Concerns centred whether there was adequate provision and choice of Post 16 courses delivered by local further education providers. Funding for appropriate support for the young people was also raised. There was also concerns about whether support from the school and local authority would continue or whether it would be cut off when a young person leaves Oak Grove College i.e. a need for reassurance about a smooth and supported transition and confidence that the young person will succeed within further education setting.

With a relatively low response rate (11 online responses), written comments provided to the questions indicate support of a redesignation providing that reassurances are given to parents who want their young person to remain at Oak Grove College that they will have this choice. Parents expressed views that they may need further support or advice from Oak Grove College. The headteacher expressed views, during public meetings, that continued support would be offered to parents / families despite their young person no longer being in attendance at Oak Grove College and that Oak Grove College would work towards the best outcomes for young people who have attended.

We did

The redesignation of post-16 provision at Oak Grove College to become more specialist focusing on pupils with complex needs with effect from September 2021.

Results updated 10 Dec 2020

The redesignation of post-16 provision at Oak Grove College to become more specialist focusing on pupils with complex needs with effect from September 2021.

Overview

 

To achieve the ambition of giving children and young people the best start in life (West Sussex Plan 2018-2022), it is important to work in partnership with parent carers and young people as well as education providers and other professionals from across social care, health and education.

Why we are consulting

The County Council has been developing a new Education and Skills Strategy to support the inclusion of all children and young people, particularly those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This strategy builds on the SEND strategy for 2016-2019 and the outcomes of the 2018 Ofsted/CQC SEND Local Area inspection.

This booklet explains the proposals to change the Post 16 provision at Oak Grove College. As a community special school, the Local Authority can propose to make changes to special school provision subject to public consultation as set in statutory guidance Making Significant Changes (‘Prescribed Alterations’) To Maintained Schools for Proposers and Decision Makers Oct 2018 published by the Department for Education.  The proposal is to reduce Post 16 planned places in both Years 12 and 13 from 56 to 24 by 2025/26 but retain the overall number of places at the school of 256 by re-designating some of the sixth form for pre-16 provision.  This is in line with the current patterns of attendance.

We value your ideas and comments on these proposals, urge you to read this document and respond to us with your views by completing the response form at the back of this booklet or on-line via
https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/strategic-planning-and-place/changes-to-post-16-provision-at-oak-grove

Your opinions are important to us and will influence how and where school places are provided.

Our preferred method of response is for you to complete this online survey.  Alternatively, you can respond as follows:

1. Contact School Organisation & Development Team by emailing schoolconsultations@westsussex.gov.uk

2. Complete the response form at the end of the consultation document and return it via your local school or by post to: 

The School Organisation Team,                                                                  West Sussex County Council,                                                                      Ground Floor,                                                                                                    Northliegh,                                                                                                    Tower Street,                                                                                                    Chichester,                                                                                                      West Sussex.                                                                                              PO19 1RH

 

Please note: Due to the volume of responses we receive when consulting on school proposals, we will not be able to acknowledge written responses or enter into correspondence with interested parties during or after the consultation period. A list of frequently asked questions will be made available to view online and will be updated throughout the consultation period.

Alternate formats 

If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact us on 0330 22 23049 or via email at schoolconsultations@westsussex.gov.uk. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 0330 22 23049 .

What happens next

The consulting and decision making process is oulined below:

Pupil numbers – a national issue

West Sussex County Council has been closely monitoring the number of pupils across the county and this number has been rising for the last five years including the number of pupils with SEND. Special schools have been accommodating increasing numbers of pupils over recent years and this proposal seeks to improve the number of planned places by changing the provision available at Post 16 within Oak Grove College. By reducing available planned places at Post 16 this will enable an increase at Pre 16. It is proposed that specific courses will be made available at local Further Education providers and only those students with Severe Learning Difficulties or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties will continue to be recieve education at Oak Grove. The process of review, via the annual review of the Educational and Health Care Plan, will determine the best possible outcome for students as the school and local authority continue to work with students, parents and carers.

Pupil numbers – the picture in West Sussex

West Sussex is not excluded from this rise and the County Council has been working alongside schools in recent years to expand the number of places available. The needs of children with SEND is becoming more complex. There is a shortage of specialist planned places, locally to meet demand for places.

 

 

 

Events

  • Public Meeting 1

    From 22 Sep 2020 at 14:00 to 22 Sep 2020 at 15:30

    Invitation to public meeting to discuss and ask questions about proposed changes to the Post 16 provision at Oak Grove College. Post 16 provision to cater for students with Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. It is proposed that those students with less complex needs (Moderate Learning Difficulties) will attend courses at local Further Education providers on specially designed courses.

  • Public Meeting 2

    From 22 Sep 2020 at 18:00 to 22 Sep 2020 at 19:30

    Invitation to public meeting to discuss and ask questions about proposed changes to the Post 16 provision at Oak Grove College. Post 16 provision to cater for students with Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. It is proposed that those students with less complex needs (Moderate Learning Difficulties) will attend courses at local Further Education providers on specially designed courses.

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