Oriel High School

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Oriel High School
Ohs logo.png
Motto Empowered to Achieve, Inspired to Excel (2009 - present)
Opening Windows of Opportunity (2004-2009)
Established 2004
Type Comprehensive Secondary
Headteacher Philip Stack
Chair of Governors Pravin Mistry
Location Maidenbower Lane
West Sussex
RH10 7XW
EnglandEngland Coordinates: 51°06′23″N 0°09′27″W / 51.1063°N 0.1576°W / 51.1063; -0.1576
Local authority West Sussex County Council
DfE URN 134042 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1276
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Africa, Asia, America, Australasia
Colours Oriel Purple     
Website www.oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Oriel High School is a maintained community secondary school for pupils aged 11 to 18. It opened in September 2004 as part of a reorganisation of secondary education in Crawley, catering for just 370 pupils in years 7 and 8. It was expected to grow to around 1450 pupils by 2009[citation needed].


The school is located at Maidenbower Lane in the Maidenbower neighbourhood of Crawley, West Sussex.


Photos of the school, one of the main entrance at Matthews Drive, Maidenbower and one of the main Evacuation Assembly Point facing Fenchurch Road

The school was opened by West Sussex County Council in early 2004 following a wholesale review of education provision in Crawley. After more than twenty years of providing education in a three-tier structure of first and middle Schools, with pupils transferring to secondary school at age twelve, the council reverted to the more traditional two-tier structure. Part of the plan for accommodating the larger number of pupils in secondary education in the town was to build a new school for the newly developed neighbourhood of Maidenbower. Two first schools and one middle school had operated in the neighbourhood for some time, but secondary pupils had to travel to Hazelwick School or Thomas Bennett Community College

Oriel High School opened to pupils in September 2004, initially for an intake of around 370 pupils in years 7 and 8. The school continues to accept a new entry of pupils in each academic year, gradually increasing the provision offered. A sixth-form opened in 2008, with a full 11-18 school operating by 2009.


The school is organised into Learning Communities - all four of which are named for continents. Pupils are taught by specialist teachers, and also belong to a Learning Mentor Groups, which are supervised by a Pastoral Leader.

Most pupils attending the school live within the catchment area, and transfer from one of the local junior schools: Maidenbower Junior School, Pound Hill Junior School, and Milton Mount Primary School. Other pupils travel from nearby neighbourhoods such as Three Bridges, Furnace Green, Tilgate, Broadfield, Ifield and Bewbush. The school is managed by a team of 10 senior management.

Student Headship Team[edit]

Each year, Oriel High School selects a Student Headship Team, usually composed of three boys and three girls. The team is appointed by their predecessors after a selection process involving written applications and interviews. Their main responsibilities include organising end of term assemblies; leading the prefect team; representing the student voice to the headteacher and governing body of the school. They also participate in community events on behalf of the school, and speak from a student's point of view at meetings of parents.

Learning communities[edit]

Oriel is divided into four Learning Communities which are led by an Assistant head teacher

Community name Community colour
Australasia White
Africa Yellow
Asia Green
America Blue


  • 2004-2009 - Gillian Smith
  • 2009–present - Philip Stack

Related Pages[edit]

Oriel Sixth Form


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