Oathall Community College

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Oathall Community College
Oathall Community College Logo.jpg
Motto "Oathall is committed to promoting respect, aspiration, achievement and enjoyment in a supportive environment."
Established 1930s
Type Community
Headteacher Edward Rodriguez
Chairman of Governors Rowena Chalk
Location Appledore Gardens
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 2AQ
Coordinates: 51°00′22″N 0°05′31″W / 51.00622°N 0.09204°W / 51.00622; -0.09204
Local authority West Sussex County Council
DfE URN 126085 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students c.1400 students
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Houses Discovery     , Endeavor     , Pioneer     , Voyager     
Colours Maroon and yellow          
Website www.oathall.org

Oathall Community College is a secondary school located between Lindfield and Haywards Heath in West Sussex, England. There are currently around 1400 students at Oathall, between the ages of 11 and 16. The college has a full spectrum of specialist accommodation, including a 5-acre (20,000 m2) farm, a music centre, recently opened specialist art building, conference facilities and well-equipped classrooms. They have a rolling programme of building development and refurbishment to reach all parts of the school over the next 10 to 15 years.

Oathall serves Haywards Heath and surrounding areas, accommodating students from Ardingly, Horsted Keynes, Burgess Hill, Scaynes Hill and Danehill.

Oathall Community College Farm[edit]

The college's farm was founded during World War II by the head teacher to help the war effort. Today, students can take a NVQ level one in agriculture and in land-based operations (horticulture and farm machinery) and a level two specialist diploma in environmental and land-based studies,as well as before- and after-school volunteer opportunities in the Young Farmers' Club (YFC). The farm is also incorporated into other subjects, such as mathematics, where students study the growth rates of lambs.[1] The farm's livestock regularly wins prizes, including pig of the year at the South of England Show in 2008.[2]

Recent developments[edit]

A year 11 student washes his hands in preparation for a cooking session in the new food technology department

Two new developments to the campus have been completed recently, including a new Art Block and a new Food Technology department.

Art department[edit]

One of the old wooden hut classrooms was demolished in 2006 to make way for the building of a modernised and better facilitated art block.


Many famous people have visited Oathall Community College.

William Nicholson[edit]

William Nicholson, writer of many Hollywood films (like Les Misérables and children's books, visited Oathall in 2016.[3] He spoke to the children about many things, such as how to become a writer. He produced a special assembly and Q&A lunch for Year 7s. In the assembly, William talked about his book The Wind Singer (published 2000) to students.

Staff members[edit]

On the Oathall website, a link to their staff list is available, but is slightly out of date.


  1. ^ Oathall Farm
  2. ^ Miller, Wendy (30 December 2008). "Oathall Community College Farm: from little things, big things grow". Telegraph. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Godbolt and Year 7, J (23 March 2016). "Oscar-nominated screen writer inspires Oathall students.". Oathall News. Oathall Community College. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 

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