GCSE Art trip to Wakehurst

Team Y10 GCSE Art had a fab trip to Wakehurst Place last week to explore seed pods! From the amazing seed bank, seeing their huge variety, shapes & sizes to then having the chance to draw the seeds in beautiful microscopic detail this was a real Art meets Science experience.


Below is a review by one of our students:

On Monday 20th November, we went on a trip to Wakehurst to explore seed pods. We started our trip in the seed bank learning about the seeds and why we need to keep them safe. For example, 97% of wildflowers fields have been cut down! As well as learning what they form and how we use them today.

Throughout the enormous room there were many dried seed pods that we could look at and hold, even the world’s largest seed (coco de mer) and the smallest (the orchids) it was fascinating how seeds could come in so many shapes and sizes. It’s nice to focus on the science behind what we draw as well as what it looks like.

Next, we learned about varieties of palm and eucalyptus trees from Australia whilst on a rock trail. It was amazing to see some trees that seemed to be growing out of the rocks. Due to the rain the wood looked like chocolate! The leaves on the trail looked like something out of a fairy tale with a rich palette of vibrant tertiary colours.

Once we arrived at our next stop, we selected a seed in one of the petri dishes and sketched it in fine liner – I chose dandelion seeds. Next, we put our dish under a microscope, and I saw the dandelion seeds in so much more detail. It was crazy how to the naked eye the line may look straight but in reality; it actually has a lot of texture. All in all, it was a fabulous and informative experience.

Sweeney Todd – School Production 2022

Oriel High School Creative Arts Faculty is excited to open ticket sales for our production of Sweeney Todd.

It has become an annual tradition to hold our whole school musical, and we are back with a bang and ready to stage our most ambitious performance to date.

Starring students from across all key stages both onstage,backstage and in the orchestra , Sweeney Todd is a Victorian tale of a barber, Benjamin Barker, who is framed for a murder he did not commit, and who plots a murderous revenge. The story takes an even more bizarre twist when he and Mrs Lovett, his neighbour who runs a pie shop, form a grisly plan to turn the bodies Sweeney creates into the much heralded fillings in her products !

It promises to be a great show with the cast and crew and orchestra having been working hard since the beginning of the year. We know how much the students value having parents and friends in the audience so please come along and support us all if you can.

Ticket purchases can be made via Parent mail, in cash, or by calling the school and purchasing tickets over the phone.

Art workshop



On Monday 10th October 2022, our Year 10 GCSE Art students took part in an Art masterclass with Hazel and John from Same Sky (Burning of the Clocks) https://samesky.co.uk/.

The students worked confidently, producing a decorative pennant/banner with an Arts and Crafts theme inspired by William Morris. Our outcomes will be displayed at the ‘Christmas Courtyard’ installation at Standen House in December.


Student comments:

“It was a fun and innovative way of making art.”
“I enjoyed making my own version of Morris’ work.”
SEND and Inclusion Youth Board

An opportunity for young people to have a say across all areas of additional needs, disability, neurodiversity and inclusion.

Everyone is an individual. People have their own identities and ways to describe themselves. Not all young people who have taken part in our projects would describe themselves as having ‘SEND’ (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) .You do not need to have a diagnosis or Education Health Care Plan to take part.

Scan the QR code on the leaflet to find out more.

Sixth Form Open Evening – Thursday 6th October

Sixth Form Open Evening: Thursday 6th October 6pm-8pm

We look forward to welcoming students from Oriel and beyond to our Sixth Form Open Evening . You will have the opportunity to meet our teaching teams and see the Sixth Form facilities. But, probably most importantly, you can talk to our current students about their courses and experience of Sixth Form Life.  We look forward to welcoming you.

Upcoming SEND & Inclusion Events


Barnardo’s are offering a range of activities in partnership with the NHS, promoting independence, health and life skills in young people 14-25 years old.

  • Monthly Bake Off
  • Healthy Lifestyle Activity Day
  • Online Health Skills Youth Group


Open Morning Headteacher Tours

We would be delighted to welcome you to see our school in operation and undertake a tour with the Headteacher.

Tours will be taking place from Tuesday, 27th September to Thursday, 20th October at 9.15 am and 11.00 am, by appointment only.

To book tickets to one of the tours, please click the time below that you wish to book for. Bookings are made via Eventbrite. Each ticket admits one person to the tour. Please book one ticket for each member of the family that wishes to attend, including children. A maximum of three tickets are available per booking. Please ensure that, prior to arrival on the day, you have either downloaded your tickets to a mobile device or printed a copy of each ticket.

We look forward to seeing you.


Aspens Family Fun Day



Aspens Fun Day @ Lodge Hill – Pullborough


A fantastic family fun day for SEN young people and their families


Sunday 30th October 2022


Please book through the link on the flyer

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Open Evening – 22nd September

Open Evening: Thursday 22nd September 6pm-8:30pm

Headteachers presentations taking place at 6pm, 6:45pm and 7:30pm.

Tours of the school begin at 6pm.

To book tickets to one of the Headteacher’s presentations please click the time below that you wish to book for.  Bookings are made via Eventbrite. Each ticket admits one person to the Headteacher talk.  Please book one ticket for each member of your family that wishes to attend the Headteacher presentation, including children. A maximum of three tickets are available per booking.

Please ensure that, prior to arrival on the night, you have either downloaded your tickets to a mobile device or have printed a copy of each ticket.  Ticket barcodes will be scanned on entry to the Headteacher presentations. Sadly, without a booked ticket, entrance to the Headteacher presentations will not be possible. 

Please feel free to tour the wider school when not attending a Headteacher talk.

Attendees at the 6pm Headteacher presentation will be able to tour the school until 8:30pm after the Headteacher’s presentation has concluded. 

Attendees at the 6:45pm Headteacher presentation will be able to tour the school from 6pm before the Headteacher’s presentation commences and after the Headteacher’s presentation has concluded until 8:30pm. 

Attendees at the 7:30pm Headteacher presentation will be able to tour the school from 6pm before the Headteacher’s presentation commences.

No booking is necessary to tour the school. Open evening finishes at 8:30pm.