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.
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, Residential to Iceland, Comic book workshops, Ice skating and many many more. If you are in Year 7 you will also experience a Learning Community team building event at Blacklands Farm before the October half term.
Our Curriculum in the community
Through our very highly regarded community 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, Gatwick Airport, 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 students have raised thousands of pounds for local charities 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 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. Trips to Germany, Spain and France have all been offered to enhance students understanding of language and culture in those countries.
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 and the school has been oversubscribed for Year 7 applications in recent years. 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. Parent forums have also been offered at times throughout the school year also.
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 2017 annual sponsored walk supported the Rainbow Trust Children’s charity and we have raised over £16,000 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 supporting good causes. In the 2017/18 school year we have also supported the Anthony Nolan Trust, Dementia UK, and the Royal Brompton Hospital and Royal Marsden Hospital trusts.