Issue details

The re-designation of Post 16 provision at Oak Grove College, Worthing

Oak Grove is a special college in Worthing that offers provision for students with learning difficulties from Years 7-14. 


One of the aims of the County Council’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2024 is to support the inclusion of all children and young people with SEND to participate in local mainstream schools and educational settings.  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. 


A public consultation on the proposal that post-16 provision at Oak Grove is redesignated to become more specialist and cater for pupils with complex needs including; Complex Autistic Spectrum Condition, Profound and Mulitiple Learning Difficulties and Severe Learning Dificulties will be undertaken during the autumn term.


Following assessment of the outcome of the consultation the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills will be asked to consider whether to proceed in approving the redesignation of post-16 provision at Oak Grove College to become more specialist focussing on pupils with complex needs with effect from September 2021.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: Northbrook;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 08/07/2020

Decision due: October 2020 by Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Lead member: Councillor Nigel Jupp

Contact: Oliver Lane-Smith, SEND Pupil Placement Planning Officer Email: Tel: 033 022 23105.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.




Governing Bodies

Parents and Carers

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

West Sussex Plan Priority: Best Start in Life

Background papers

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