Opening of new 3G Pitch

Harlequins & England international Shaunagh Brown was at Oriel High School in Crawley recently (Monday 17 May) to officially open the school’s new full-size, floodlit third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP). The project was made possible thanks to close working with the school’s facilities management provider, BAM FM, West Sussex County Council and Crawley Rugby Club.

Shaunagh Brown, who before professional rugby, had a career in athletics, where she represented England in the hammer throw at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, opened the new 3G AGP, the first facility of this type in Crawley. The new pitch will allow Oriel High School to provide students and members of the local community with a safe and secure environment to participate in sport all year round. The school will aim to build on its inclusive ethos to offer competitive rugby and football opportunities to all children, irrespective of ability, and enable pupils to reach their full potential and guide talented individuals into appropriate club and coaching settings.

Strong partnerships are already in place with local grassroots club Crawley Rugby Club who will regularly use the new 3G AGP for training and matches. The club, previous winners of the accolade of National Rugby Club of the Year award, currently run 18 teams and are strongly committed to attracting new participants, particularly amongst girls. This ties in perfectly with the schools future plans.

The school worked in partnership with BAM FM and West Sussex County Council to secure government funding for the new facility.  By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group,  the school aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game of rugby.  Having the new state-of-the-art facility the school aim to strengthen the connection between professional clubs such as Harlequins and their local communities, The growth of girls rugby being a key ambition.

Shaunagh Brown, England rugby international, remarked: “ It was an absolute honour, opening Oriel High Schools brand new 3G pitches. It’s so impressive how much facilities Oriel have. It gives me faith that the future of sport is in good hands”.

Ryan Sallows, Business Manager, Oriel High School, said: “The new 3G pitch is a huge asset to both the school and local community. It will make a huge difference to grassroots rugby and football in this area. We are very grateful to BAM and West Sussex County Council for supporting our ambitions with this fantastic new facility.”

Dan McGurran, Chairman of Crawley Rugby Club commented “This new 3G pitch is an example of the positive impact that partnerships with schools can have on our grassroots game. First-class facilities like this are crucial to creating more opportunities for local people to enjoy regular sport”.

Michelle Reddings from BAM, stated “Oriel High School deserves huge credit for taking a vision and turning it into a reality. Sport has the power to make a positive impact on the health of communities, and this wonderful new facility will improve the sporting experience of local people and encourage them to be more active. I would also like to thank Shaunagh for inspiring the students and taking the time to open the new facility.”

ChickenWIRED Workshop

Oriel students enjoyed the challenging and absorbing craft of wire sculpture. Learning and developing 3D sculpture skills recently. Using just a pair of wire clippers, a pair of bent-nosed pliers and finger-friendly PVC coated chickenwire, the ChickenWIRED workshops offer students a practical, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable art day, creating their own 3D sculpture. The workshop offered was practically based and encouraged each student to create their own sculpture, following the process from start to finish. This ensured that all students were continually busy and participated throughout the workshop.
The opportunity to offer this half day workshop to year 7 and 8 students was seized upon by Mrs Jordan in our Youth Wing. She said “the students had a great time participating in the activity. It is brilliant to be able to plan and provide these types of activities again to students”.
The school has more plans to utilise the skills of external providers in arts, music and sports before the end of the academic year. Deputy Headteacher Miss Everitt stated “extra curricular activities and opportunities to get students out of the classroom learning are key for us this term.  Families have told us that they want their children to participate in these type of activities as lockdowns have curtailed all these type of experiences”.  

Oriel staff member wins award

Congratulations to Oriel staff member Katie Jordan on her award.  Katie’s success follows on from the community award that the Oriel Youth Wing won last year.  Oriel High School has a proud history of supporting many community causes and fostering excellent community links that our students benefit from being part of.  Katie as our Community Officer plays a key part in that success.  She fully deserves her award.

Extra Curricular PE clubs

The following year group PE extra-curricular clubs will begin next week, taking place 2.40-3.40pm; students may only attend a club on the day assigned for their year group.

The listed clubs will continue until the end of the Autumn term, and will change after Christmas.

Full Oriel PE kit must be worn when attending PE extra-curricular clubs. Should students already be wearing their PE kit because they wear it to school for their timetabled PE lesson on the day they wish to attend a club, they should remain in it, but store their other belongings in the changing room assigned for the club they are attending. Should students be wearing school uniform because they do not have a timetabled PE lesson on the day they wish to attend a club, they should bring their PE kit to school, then change into it after school and store their belongings in the changing room assigned for the club they are attending.

In both instances students should wear their PE kit home after they have attended their club; there is no sign-up, or cost to attend PE extra-curricular clubs.

Tuesday – Year 9
Volleyball – TFR
Table Tennis – RAS and FKN

Wednesday – Year 8
Trampolining – OSV
Volleyball – PCR
Football – ABC and BPO

Thursday – Year 7
Football – SJN and CAS
Basketball – KYO
Netball – HAS

Oriel High School U14 Boys’ Football Team – County Cup Champions

Congratulations to Oriel High School’s U14 boys’ football team, winners of the 2019/20 U13 Sussex Schools FA County Cup, with a 5-0 win against The Weald Community School, the first time Oriel have won the competition at any age group.

Having qualified for the final back in February, courtesy of an 8-0 victory in their semi-final against Windlesham House School, the showpiece was subsequently delayed by eight months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and when the two teams, now U14’s, eventually met last Thursday, it was on Thomas Bennett’s 4G pitch rather than at Sussex County HQ at Culver Road, Lancing, another consequence of ‘the new normal’, with the finalists asked to organise a neutral venue for their final.

Though Oriel dominated possession in the first half, there had been few clear cut chances for either team until James Laws opened the scoring on the stroke of half time when he cut in from the left wing and drove a low shot into the bottom corner at the near post.

Oriel went on the capitalise on the confidence that the half time lead had given them, when James Laws added his, and Oriel’s second 10 minutes into the second half, latching on to a loose ball in the box and firing in a bouncing effort. Soon after, the moment, and goal of the game was scored by Oriel captain Liam Manby, who after picking up the ball on the halfway line, drove forward, and on the run, unleashed a dipping 25-yard drive into the roof of the net giving The Weald’s goalkeeper no chance.

The fourth goal followed after great play by Luke Staight to secure the ball then feed it wide to Georgie Barrowcliff, who crossed first time for Tommy Childs to finish smartly at the far post. The scoring was completed, when minutes from the end of the game The Weald scored an unfortunate own goal following a corner, and while the Oriel forwards took the plaudits for the goals, recognition must be given to the solid defensive base provided by the ever-impressive Oriel goalkeeper Ajae Patel, and back four marshalled by Man of the Match Tommy Seale.

This season’s Sussex Schools FA County Cup competitions begin when school’s return after the half term break, with Oriel’s U14’s keen to defend their title, beginning with a second round tie at home against the winners of Buckswood School and Dorothy Stringer School (B); they will also defend their North Sussex District League title, and will compete in the English Schools’ FA U14 PlayStation Schools’ Cup for the first time.

Sixth Form Applications

Our most recent letter to all 2020 Sixth Form applicants can be found here.

Please see here for answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding Sixth Form Applications.

View the Oriel Sixth Form prospectus here and read more about our new Cambridge Technical qualifications and Core Maths below:

All confirmations of provisional places and confirmations of subject choices should be emailed to

The closing date for all new applications is Thursday 30th April

Oriel Reaches Sussex Schools FA Final

Congratulations to our U14 girls and Year 8 boys football teams, who have both reached the finals of the Sussex Schools FA. The girls will play in the County Shield final after a 5-2 win in the semi-final against Peacehaven. Our Year 8 boys team who are unbeaten all season reached the final of the Sussex County Cup after a 8-0 semi-final win over Windlesham House School.

Both teams played really well and fully deserved their place in the finals.  It is a great accomplishment and further shows the strength in sporting talent we have at Oriel.  Individual and team sports are thriving and the level of performance by our students is improving all the time as they set themselves new higher standards.

Year 8 Boys Football Team
Under 14 Girls Football Team
Year 9 Options Evening Cancellation

Year 9 Options Evening due to take place on Thursday 19th March 2020 has been cancelled, more information to follow by ParentMail.