List of schools in Crawley, West Sussex

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Education in Crawley, West Sussex is co-ordinated by West Sussex County Council. Since 2004, provision for compulsory education has been made wholly through primary and secondary schools, following the closure of the town's Middle schools earlier that year. Each neighbourhood in the town has at least one Primary school, while Secondary schools are distributed around the town on larger campuses.

Primary schools[edit]

Name Image Neighbourhood/
Coordinates
Age Range Approximate Roll Notes
Bewbush Academy Bewbushprimary.jpg Bewbush
51°6′9.62″N 0°13′19.67″W / 51.1026722°N 0.2221306°W / 51.1026722; -0.2221306 (The Bewbush Academy)
4–11 450 The school is housed in the former buildings of Bewbush County Middle School. The predecessor schools were Bewbush County First School and Bewbush County Middle School opening in Bewbush in 1978 and 1982 respectively.[1] These schools merged to become Bewbush Community Primary School in 2004, becoming an academy in April 2012.[2]
Broadfield East Nursery and Infant School Broadfieldeastinfants.jpg Broadfield
51°5′54.25″N 0°11′48.86″W / 51.0984028°N 0.1969056°W / 51.0984028; -0.1969056 (Broadfield East Nursery and Infant School)
3–7 250 The school was opened as Broadfield East First School in 1978 to serve the extending neighbourhood of Broadfield.[1] It was altered to cover the infant range in 2004.[3] In September 2012 the school became an academy.[4]
Broadfield East Junior School Broadfieldeastjunior.jpg Broadfield
51°5′54.25″N 0°11′51.57″W / 51.0984028°N 0.1976583°W / 51.0984028; -0.1976583 (Broadfield East Junior School)
7–11 260 Opened as Broadfield East Middle School in 1986.[citation needed] It became a Junior school at the reorganisation of schools in 2004[3] and then an academy in September 2012.[5]
The Brook Infant School Maidenbower
51°6′12.75″N 0°9′18.31″W / 51.1035417°N 0.1550861°W / 51.1035417; -0.1550861 (The Brook Infant School)
4–7 190 Opened in 1999 as a First school feeding into Maidenbower Middle. The school became an Infant school in 2004.[3]
Desmond Anderson Primary School Desmondandersonprimary.jpg Tilgate
51°5′55.8″N 0°11′16.15″W / 51.098833°N 0.1878194°W / 51.098833; -0.1878194 (Desmond Anderson Primary School)
4–11 320 Opened as an Infant school in 1958, with a Junior department opening the following year. It became First and Middle schools in 1971,[1] with the two merging in 1992. The school became a Primary again in 2004,[3] opening in new buildings in 2005.
Gossops Green Primary School Gossopsgreenprimary.jpg Gossops Green
51°6′36.2″N 0°12′52.63″W / 51.110056°N 0.2146194°W / 51.110056; -0.2146194 (Gossops Green Primary School)
4–11 500 Opened in 2004[3] following the closure of the predecessor schools Gossops Green County Infant (opened 1968) and Gossops Green County Junior (opened 1969).[1]
Hilltop Primary School Hilltopprimary.jpg Southgate
51°6′20.83″N 0°11′44.19″W / 51.1057861°N 0.1956083°W / 51.1057861; -0.1956083 (Hilltop Primary School)
4–11 290 Formed following the closure of Southgate West First and Southgate West Middle schools in 2004,[3] having previously opened in 1969 and 1970 respectively.[1] The school became an academy in September 2012.[6]
Langley Green Primary School Langleygreenprimary.jpg Langley Green
51°7′37.73″N 0°11′52.92″W / 51.1271472°N 0.1980333°W / 51.1271472; -0.1980333 (Langley Green Primary School)
4–11 300 Formed in 2004 from the closure of the separate First and Middle Schools,[3] previously opened as Infant and Junior Schools in 1954, with the Infant school moving to a separate campus in 1979 when it merged with the Jordans Infant school already on that site.[1]
Maidenbower Infant School Maidenbower
51°6′29.73″N 0°9′7.57″W / 51.1082583°N 0.1521028°W / 51.1082583; -0.1521028 (Maidenbower Infant School)
4–7 270 Maidenbower First School opened in 1992 to serve the new neighbourhood of Maidenbower. Pupils attended until the age of 8, but no middle school was opened until 1999. In the schools' reorganisation of 2004 the First school became an Infant school with nursery.[3]
Maidenbower Junior School MaidenbowerJunior.jpg Maidenbower
51°6′28.59″N 0°9′3.17″W / 51.1079417°N 0.1508806°W / 51.1079417; -0.1508806 (Maidenbower Junior School)
7–11 580 A 5-form-entry Junior school in 2004,[3] having previously opened as Maidenbower Middle School in 1999.
The Mill Primary School Mill Primary 2.JPG Ifield
51°7′0.69″N 0°12′50.93″W / 51.1168583°N 0.2141472°W / 51.1168583; -0.2141472 (The Mill Primary School)
4–11 330 Opened in 2004 following the closures of predecessor schools Ifield First School and Ifield Middle School.[3] The two schools had moved to a campus at Ifield Drive from former buildings in Rusper Road where they had opened in 1956, with the Middle School moving when changing from a Junior school in 1985,[1] and the First school following in 2001.
Milton Mount Primary School Miltonmountprimary.jpg Pound Hill
51°7′32.4″N 0°9′24.37″W / 51.125667°N 0.1567694°W / 51.125667; -0.1567694 (Milton Mount Primary School)
4–11 440 Opened in 1972 as a combined First and Middle school.[1] It became primary in 2004.[3]
Northgate Primary School Northgateprimarycrawley.jpg Northgate
51°7′19.31″N 0°11′0″W / 51.1220306°N 0.18333°W / 51.1220306; -0.18333 (Northgate Primary School)
4–11 420 A temporary primary school was opened in Northgate in 1952 to accommodate young children in the New town. Formal Infant and Junior Schools were opened in 1954 on Barnfield Road, becoming First and Middle schools respectively in 1971.[1] The schools closed in 2004 with a new Northgate Primary School opening in the joined buildings.[3]
The Oaks Primary School Theoaksprimarycrawley.jpg Tilgate
51°6′12″N 0°10′32.35″W / 51.10333°N 0.1756528°W / 51.10333; -0.1756528 (The Oaks Primary School)
4–11 390 Formed in 1997 from the merger of two previous schools with varied histories. The first school to be opened in Tilgate had been the Bishop Bell Infant School in 1958 with the Junior school opening in 1959. First and Middle Schools were opened in Furnace Green under the name of Robert May schools. Each school lost one section in 1979,[1] with the remaining sections closing in 1997 to be replaced by The Oaks Primary School. The school became an academy in September 2012.[7]
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Roman Catholic (Voluntary Aided) Primary School Olqohprimarycrawley.jpg Langley Green
51°7′35.31″N 0°12′12.93″W / 51.1264750°N 0.2035917°W / 51.1264750; -0.2035917 (Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School)
4–11 360 Opened in 1957. In 1970 the school became a First school feeding into the local catholic Middle schools.[1] Full primary status was restored when the middle schools were closed in 1997.
Pound Hill Infant School Poundhillinfant.jpg Pound Hill
51°7′10.37″N 0°9′13.98″W / 51.1195472°N 0.1538833°W / 51.1195472; -0.1538833 (Pound Hill Infant School)
4–7 700 Opened in 1955 as part of Pound Hill Junior and Infants School, relocating in 1957. The infant department became a First school in 1971, reverting to Infant school in 2004.[1][3]
Pound Hill Junior School Poundhilljunior.jpg Pound Hill
51°7′8.96″N 0°9′18.5″W / 51.1191556°N 0.155139°W / 51.1191556; -0.155139 (Pound Hill Junior School)
7–11 350 Also part of Pound Hill Junior and Infants School. The junior department became a Middle school in 1971, reverting to Junior school in 2004.[1][3]
St Andrew's Church of England (Voluntary Aided)Primary School Standrewsprimarycrawley.jpg Furnace Green
51°6′29.58″N 0°10′6.16″W / 51.1082167°N 0.1683778°W / 51.1082167; -0.1683778 (St Andrews Church of England Primary School)
4–11 200 Opened in 1969 adjacent to the St Andrew's Church in Furnace Green. It was extended to become a First and Middle school in the early 1970s.[1] This change was reverted in 2004.[3]
St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic (Voluntary Aided Primary School Stfrancisprimarycrawley.jpg Southgate
51°6′31.11″N 0°10′58.92″W / 51.1086417°N 0.1830333°W / 51.1086417; -0.1830333 (St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School)
4–11 420 Opened in 1950. It was re-housed in its current buildings in 1956 before coming a First school in 1971 feeding into the Holy Cross and Notre Dame middle schools.[1] Full primary status was returned in 1997.
St Margaret's Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School Stmargaretsprimarycrawley.jpg Ifield
51°7′17.13″N 0°12′25.44″W / 51.1214250°N 0.2070667°W / 51.1214250; -0.2070667 (St Margaret's Church of England Primary School)
4–11 410 Opened as a Junior and Infants school in 1955 to replace former schools in the then villages of Crawley and Ifield.[1]
Seymour Primary School Seymourprimary.jpg Broadfield
51°5′57.74″N 0°12′22.97″W / 51.0993722°N 0.2063806°W / 51.0993722; -0.2063806 (Seymour Primary School)
4–11 460 Originally opened in 1971 as Broadfield North County First and Middle School.[1] In 1998 the school adopted the new name of Seymour First & Middle School, before being adapted to a primary school in 2004[3] and then converting to academy status in September 2012.[7]
Southgate Primary School Southgateprimarycrawley.jpg Southgate
51°6′19.08″N 0°11′24.65″W / 51.1053000°N 0.1901806°W / 51.1053000; -0.1901806 (Southgate Primary School)
4–11 370 Opened as a Junior and Infants school in 1956, becoming First and Middle in the early 1970s.[1] The two schools were merged in 2004 to form the current primary school.[3]
Three Bridges Infant School Threebridgesinfant.jpg Three Bridges
51°7′4.86″N 0°10′11.49″W / 51.1180167°N 0.1698583°W / 51.1180167; -0.1698583 (Three Bridges Infant School)
4–7 190 Opened as part of a primary school before the building of the New Town in the 1950s. In the 1960s the Infant department was separated, becoming a First school in 1971.[1] The school became an Infant school in 2004, following considerable opposition to a proposed merger with the adjoining middle school to form a primary school.[3]
Three Bridges Junior School Threebridgesjunior.jpg Three Bridges
51°7′1.32″N 0°10′25.94″W / 51.1170333°N 0.1738722°W / 51.1170333; -0.1738722 (Three Bridges Infant School)
7–11 230 Also part of the primary school before the 1950s. Following the 1960s separation the school became a Middle school in 1971,[1] and then a Junior school again in 2004.[3]
Waterfield Primary School Waterfieldprimary.jpg Bewbush
51°6′28.68″N 0°13′30.71″W / 51.1079667°N 0.2251972°W / 51.1079667; -0.2251972 (Waterfield Primary School)
4–11 210 Opened in January 1985 as a First school catering for pupils aged between 5 and 8.[1] A nursery school was opened in the early 1990s, and the school became a through primary school in September 2004.[8]
West Green Primary School Westgreenprimarycrawley.jpg West Green51°7′7.09″N 0°11′49.75″W / 51.1186361°N 0.1971528°W / 51.1186361; -0.1971528 (West Green Primary School) 4–11 208 Was the first school to be opened in the New town in 1951. The Junior department was closed in 1985 when the school became a First school. Full primary status was restored in 2004, following the scrapping of proposals to close the school.[3]

Secondary schools[edit]

Name Image Neighbourhood/
Coordinates
Age Range Approximate Roll Notes
Hazelwick School Hazelwickschool.jpg Three Bridges
51°7′30.51″N 0°9′54.11″W / 51.1251417°N 0.1650306°W / 51.1251417; -0.1650306 (Hazelwick School)
11–18 1890 Opened as a Secondary modern school in 1953, becoming comprehensive in the early 1960s.[1] It is currently the largest school in West Sussex.
Holy Trinity Church of England (Voluntary Aided) School Holytrinitycrawley.jpg Gossops Green
51°6′20″N 0°12′35.02″W / 51.10556°N 0.2097278°W / 51.10556; -0.2097278 (Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School)
11–18 1300 Opened in Gossops Green in 1967, with an official opening by The Queen in 1969.[1] It operated initially with two stagess of entry: in Year 7 for primary schools around Crawley and Year 8 for pupils transferring from Crawley Middle schools. This was changed in 2004 to entry at age 11 for all pupils.[3]
Ifield Community College Ifieldcommunitycollege.jpg Ifield
51°7′3.55″N 0°12′36.25″W / 51.1176528°N 0.2100694°W / 51.1176528; -0.2100694 (Ifield Community College)
11–18 950 The Ifield campus originally was home to Sarah Robinson Secondary Modern School and Ifield County Grammar School, opening in 1955 and 1956 respectively. The two schools merged to become a comprehensive in 1966.[1]
Oriel High School Orielhighcrawley.jpg Maidenbower
51°6′21.22″N 0°9′30.78″W / 51.1058944°N 0.1585500°W / 51.1058944; -0.1585500 (Oriel High School)
11–18 1100 Opened in 2004 as part of a Private Finance Initiative arrangement linked to the change in age of transfer in Crawley Schools. Initially the school accommodated pupils aged 11 to 13, gradually extending with the expectation of becoming an 11-18 school with Sixth form by 2009.
St Wilfrid's Roman Catholic (Voluntary Aided) School Stwilfs.jpg Southgate
51°6′37.41″N 0°12′14.86″W / 51.1103917°N 0.2041278°W / 51.1103917; -0.2041278 (St Wilfrid's Catholic Comprehensive School)
11–18 880 opened in 1952. In 1970 it became an Upper school accepting pupils from local catholic middle schools at age 13.[1] From 1997 it reverted to the full secondary age range.
Thomas Bennett Community College Thomasbennettcc.jpg Tilgate
51°5′56.82″N 0°11′25.11″W / 51.0991167°N 0.1903083°W / 51.0991167; -0.1903083 (Thomas Bennett Community College)
11–18 1320 Opened as a Comprehensive school in 1958 on a split campus in Tilgate. It was moved into new buildings in 2005.[3]

More schools[edit]

Name Image Neighbourhood/
Coordinates
Age Range Approximate Roll Notes
Manor Green Primary School Manor Green Schools.JPG Ifield
51°7′12.55″N 0°12′31.74″W / 51.1201528°N 0.2088167°W / 51.1201528; -0.2088167 (Manor Green Primary School)
2–11 110 Formed in 2004 following the closure of schools at Catherington and Deerswood
Manor Green College Manor Green Schools.JPG Ifield
51°7′12.55″N 0°12′31.74″W / 51.1201528°N 0.2088167°W / 51.1201528; -0.2088167 (Manor Green College)
11–19 160 Shares a campus on Crawley Avenue with Ifield mainstream schools.

Further education[edit]

Each of the local Secondary schools has a Sixth form attached. Further education is also provided at Central Sussex College formerly opened as Crawley Technical College in 1958.[1]

Former schools[edit]

Note: where schools have been replaced by a school with a comparable name, these are not recorded, e.g. Bewbush Middle School is now Bewbush Primary School.

Name Status Open Date[1] Closure Date Notes
Bishop Bell First School Infant / First 1958 1979 Infant until 1974. Closed in 1979 with pupils transferring to the nearby Robert May First school.
Bishop Bell Middle School Junior / Middle 1958 1997[9] Junior until 1974. Received pupils from closed Robert May Middle school from 1979–1997. Closed as part of merger to form The Oaks Primary in 1997.[9]
Catherington Special School Special School 1971 2004 Formerly a school for children aged 2–19 with severe learning difficulties. Merged with Deerswood in 2004, to form Manor Green special schools for wide spectrum disabilities.
Deerswood Special School Special School 1958 2004 Formerly a school for children aged 2–19 with moderate learning difficulties. Merged with Catherington in 2004, to form Manor Green special schools for wide spectrum disabilities.
Holy Cross Roman Catholic School Intermediate 1970 1996[10] Moved to new buildings in Ifield in the early 1980s[citation needed] but closed in 1996 when the diocese reverted to two-tier education.[10]
Ifield First School Infant / First 1956 2004[3] Opened in Rusper Road, relocating to share the Middle school campus in 2001, before closing in 2004 as part of age of transfer changes. Replaced by The Mill Primary school.
Ifield Middle School Junior / Middle 1956 2004[3] Opened in Rusper Road, relocating to the former Henry Pelham campus of Ifield School in 1985 on becoming a middle school. Closed as part of age of transfer changes. Replaced by The Mill Primary school.
Jordans Junior & Infant School Primary school 1958 1979 Merged with Langley Green Infant school, remaining on its site at Martyr's Avenue.
Notre Dame Roman Catholic School Intermediate 1968 1996[11] Opened as a girls' secondary school, but by 1970 became a middle-deemed-secondary school for pupils aged 9 to 13. The school closed as part of the diocese's decision to reorganise schools locally.
Robert May First School Infant / First 1964 1997[9] Opened as Robert May County Junior and Infants School. Became First in 1974. Closed in 1997 in merger to form The Oaks Primary School.
Robert May Middle School Junior / Middle 1964 1979 Opened as Robert May County Junior and Infants School. Became Middle in 1974, closing in 1979, pupils transferring to Bishop Bell Middle School.
Sarah Robinson Secondary Modern School Secondary 1956 1966 Closed upon merger with Ifield Grammar school to form comprehensive.
Discovery New School Primary 2011 2014 Founded in 2010 and opened in September 2011 in a fully refurbished Broadfield House, a Grade II-listed villa in Broadfield Park. It was a Free school run in line with Montessori educational principles.[12][13] It was the first free school in England to close in 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa Hudson, T.P. (Ed) (1987). "Crawley New Town: Education". A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 3: Bramber Rape (North-Eastern Part) including Crawley New Town. Victoria County History. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Establishment: The Bewbush Academy". Department for Education. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "CRAWLEY SCHOOLS AGE OF TRANSFER" (PDF). REPORT BY DIRECTOR FOR EDUCATION AND THE ARTS. 2003. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  4. ^ "Establishment: Broadfield East Infant School and Nursery". Department for Education. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  5. ^ "Establishment: Broadfield East Junior School". Department for Education. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  6. ^ "Establishment: Hilltop Primary School". Department for Education. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  7. ^ a b "Establishment: Hilltop Primary School". Department for Education. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  8. ^ "About Waterfield Primary School". Waterfield Primary School website. 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  9. ^ a b c "Details for Bishop Bell Middle School". Edubase: the informationsource for educational establishments. Department for Children, Schools & Families. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  10. ^ a b "Details for Holy Cross RC School". Edubase: the informationsource for educational establishments. Department for Children, Schools & Families. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  11. ^ "Details for Notre Dame RC School". Edubase: the information source for educational establishments. Department for Children, Schools & Families. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  12. ^ "A small Montessori primary school, West Sussex". Discovery Free School, Crawley. 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Find us". Discovery Free School, Crawley. 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 

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