Our School Facilities
Oriel High School & BAM FM are proud of the facilities role in the community. The school facilities has always been well used by many local people of all ages since the school opened in 2004, for example via Adult Education, Healthy Balanced Generation fitness suite and dance studio, and the excellent indoor and outdoor (floodlight) sports facilities.
The school is also home to the Crawley Act Too Arts Academy group who use the schools main hall and music facilities every Saturday morning for the development of many young people’s acting, singing and dancing skills. A local church group also utilises the modern school facilities on Sunday morning’s during the year.
Our Oriel School Community
Within the school community we offer a wide range of enrichment and extra curricular activities for our students to enjoy. We also have strong partnerships with local agencies such as the Police, Fire Brigade, Health Services, Social Services, and Education Support services via the Local Authority. Our annual Activities Week in July is the highlight of our Enrichment offer and every pupil in years 7-10 in the school are involved in an activity on or off the school site. Activities have included Paris trip, Extreme Sports to Nottingham, WW1 battlefield trips, Comic book workshops, Ice skating and many many more. If you are in Year 7 you will also experience the week long trip to a PGL Centre at Windmill Hill near Hailsham in October of your first year. This residential has proved one of the most successful activities at Oriel and allows all the new students to bond and make new friends and meet many staff. The feedback from Year 7 pupils has always been very positive.
Our Curriculum in the community
Through our very highly regarded Arts projects, our links with many local Primary, Junior and Infant schools across Crawley are extremely strong. Arts projects such as the Big Draw and many others are always popular with local schools and our staff and pupils gain new skills and ideas from being able to work with pupils in Yr1 – 6. Our Music department is also very active in Crawley and surrounding towns, villages and has been widely praised for the high quality of performances they have organsied. Our students have performed at local schools, Village fetes, Crawley Festival, Rock Challenge, Euro Disney, and at the local churches and to senior citizens groups. A well as putting on some brilliant performances for the community here at Oriel.
Our Business Studies student have supported St Catherine’s Hospice via the Lloyds Bank supported ‘Business Challenge’ event. Our students have raised thousands of pounds for this local charity over the past two years, and the quality of work by Oriel students has been acknowledged with a number of awards. The school also works with other local businesses to also benefit our students learning and in supporting their future career aspirations.
Our Languages department has developed strong links with schools in Europe, that again give Oriel High School students excellent learning experiences and the chance to understand children’s lives and schooling outside of England.
Our Parents in our Community
Our Parents evening’s are very well attended and the feedback parents give us is used to inform how we do things here at school in the future. Our Open evening’s for prospective parents of future students are also very well attended. Our aim to be the number one choice school for our local community has been achieved with a lot of hard work by the staff and students and fantastic support from parents and the community. A Parents Forum on homework which was very popular with parents. The school aims for these Parent Forums to become a more regular feature.
Our Charity work in our communities
Lastly our Charity work and fundraising here at Oriel is an activity that is important to us. We have raised thousands of pounds in one academic year for a number of local, national and international causes in the past. Our 2015 annual sponsored walk supported the Childrens Trust charity and we have raised over £19,000 which is an excellent effort by the staff and students at Oriel High School. This work shows Oriel staff and students commitment to play a roll in the global community as well as our local community.