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The Southern Collaborative Learning Partnership (SCLP) Alliance

Oriel High School is also the only Secondary school member of the SCLP Alliance.  A non-profit making organisation run by schools for schools.  We are a collective of like-minded schools who are committed to developing longitudinal, high quality, cost effective professional development for all staff.  We are currently the only primary school alliance in West Sussex having been awarded the status in March 2013 by the National College of Teaching and Learning/Department for Education.  Our ultimate aim is to work in trusting partnerships having a sustained impact, ensuring consistently good and better outcomes for all children.  The SCLP Alliance is committed to creating opportunities to innovate, inspire and transform through a collaborative partnership based on trust, respect and integrity.

Our strategic partner schools include:

  • Pound Hill Infant Academy – Crawley – Lead School

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  • Birchwood Grove Primary – Burgess Hill
  • The Brook – Crawley
  • Maidenbower Infant School  – Crawley
  • Maidenbower Junior School – Crawley
  • Manor Green Primary (Special school) – Crawley
  • Oriel High School – Crawley
  • University of Brighton

See our SCLP website for further details

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School Direct Vacancies – September 2018

See what subjects are available to apply for at our school on the following advert. School Direct Advert for Sept 2018

School Experience Days

School Experience Day – Oriel High School

Thinking of Teaching, but need some School Experience?

Gaining classroom experience before starting your initial teacher training (ITT) can help you be sure that a career in teaching is right for you. It can also support your application for ITT by spending some time in a classroom and speaking to experienced teachers, school staff and students.

Our programme will give you the experience of a typical day in a secondary school and provide you with the opportunity to talk about teaching to teachers and trainees.

The day will include: A tour of the school, observation of a variety of lessons of the subject(s) of your choice, a chance to meet with senior leaders and teaching staff and an opportunity to ask questions regarding the School Direct programme.

When and where:

Oriel High School, School Experience Days are held in a range of subjects every Wednesday between 8am-3pm of the school academic year.

More information
To book places on the School Experience Day you will need to register at the SEP programme follow this link to register.

Or by emailing for further details.

Graduate Internships @ Oriel High School

Graduate Internships are work based training placements designed to give you an experience of working in a school prior to going onto teacher training or other professional qualifications.
This route is suitable for new graduates who are still considering their career options and want to get some paid, hands on experience before committing themselves.  Internships at Oriel can be for one, two or three terms and can include foci such as:

 Literacy and Numeracy intervention to support student progress
 Student mentoring
 Supporting Pupil Premium Students
 Intervention tutoring
 Supporting students with Special Educational Needs
 Working with and supporting specific subject areas
 Extra-Curricular activities

Interested in finding out more?

Oriel Internship Open Day
November 24th from 8am to 3pm Visit Oriel and find out more about the scheme, its opportunities and how to apply.

To register your interest in this event please email for further details.

School Direct Experience Day – Visitor testimonials

“I have worked in and visited a good number of schools.  This one stands out in all areas with its strong culture and structure, friendliness of staff and well behaved students” 

My experience with you has really set a high level of expectation and motivation. For once the rhetoric of a school website has been overshadowed by the reality. The intelligence, the professionalism, courtesy etc, really does set you apart” 

It was a pleasure to visit Oriel and have the opportunity to sit in on classes.  Staff were very friendly and helpful and students were respectful.  Many thanks for the school experience”.

Very informative day visiting your school. Impressed with student behaviour” 

School Direct Teacher testimonials

So in May 2015 I decided I would turn my life upside down, to completely change my career and take a leap of faith into teaching. At the time I was a police officer, working as a detective and going through a promotion board, I had a mortgage and lived happily around friends. BUT… I had always fancied teaching and life is too short! I had volunteered as a governor at my local school and got myself involved in a few lessons, so I knew it was something I wanted to do one day. The problem for me was how? And how much would it cost?

With post graduate qualifications and 7 years professional experience as a police officer, I was reluctant to go back into full time education. Moreover, with a mortgage, I couldn’t afford it! Schools Direct has made it possible for me. It has allowed me to work in a school from day 1, on a salary, learning on the job. I started on an inset day and was handed a timetable, a timetable with my name at the top and classes which had my name down as their teacher! Needless to say, the learning curve was huge. I was well and truly in the deep end; saying that, I thrived on the challenge. The school have been nothing but welcoming and supportive every step of the way. Eight weeks later, I am feeling more and more comfortable, aspiring to the next challenge. Every lesson I learn something new. Even the difficult lesson with my difficult class on a Friday afternoon strengthens my resolve! I am really enjoying delivering lessons, sharing my experiences in life, building relationships with staff and students. I have even led a group on the year 7’s residential activity trip, raft building and swinging from ropes!

It has been tough. In my mind, this is without a doubt the toughest way to enter teaching, but for every tough day I have had, there have been many a good one! It’s been hugely rewarding. So far so good, not looking back yet!

James Stuart, School Direct Salaried Trainee, Science

The reason I chose to do the School Direct Salaried route was because I had spent a year working as a Learning Support Assistant in a school. I wanted to be part of a school from the offset, and I felt that I was ready to start training immediately. When I came for my interview at Oriel I was blown away by how welcoming everyone was, including the students. Moreover, there was such a positive atmosphere when I was on my tour of the school, it made me feel extremely excited that I could potentially be training here. From my various interviews of the day I felt extremely confident that Oriel would give me the finest training they could offer, and could fulfil my potential as a trainee.

The first six weeks were exciting and I settled in straight away due to how fantastic the English department are. They made me feel that I could ask any questions I needed, and I could draw upon all of my colleagues for advice. I was very thrilled that I had my own classes from the start; which made me feel that I was part of the department. Teaching right from the beginning has its challenges, but with the training and advice given to me from Oriel it has been a positive experience, and one that I would recommend to all potential teacher trainees.

Rebecca Betteridge, School Direct Salaried Trainee, English

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