Sponsored Walk 2022 – Pitt Hopkins UK

Every Year we hold our whole school sponsored walk. Students as always were excited to set off and fundraise for our chosen charity @pitthopkinsUK Every year we walk along the Worth way to Crawley Down, where most stop for a spot of lunch, and then the return journey back to school. 10 miles (16km) in total.

Members of the public are incredibly complimentary about the attitude and behaviour of our students, This year our chosen charity is a small charity that supports families with children who have Pitt-Hopkins syndrome 9PTHS) which is a rare genetic neurological disorder. It was thus wonderful to present this cheque for an amazing £14,379.39 (so far), raised by our 2022 Sponsored Walk, to our chosen charity @PittHopkinsUK It was fab that ex Oriel student Megan & her son were able to be part of the day alongside Crawley residents Mark & Sarah who are ambassadors for the charity.. Thank you to everyone for your support #ProudToBePurple

A Level Results Success

As Crawley Schools we are delighted with the achievements of our Sixth Form students. They have been through a gruelling and robust assessment programme with all assessments taken under highly controlled conditions that have resulted in the grades that they have been awarded today. These grades reflect their hard work and tremendous efforts and the dedicated commitment of our staff as well as the support of our families across the town. It has been a very challenging, demanding and disrupted two years for our Year 13 students, but they have demonstrated a sense of resilience and character that has made us all feel very proud of them. Our Sixth Form students across the town richly deserve the hard-fought grades that they have been awarded and as Crawley school leaders we offer them our heartiest congratulations and very best wishes for the future.

Dan – Computer Science A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A*, Physics A* OXFORD Maths and Computer Science
Emma – Computer Science A*, Maths A*, Further Maths B, Psychology A KINGSTON Computer Games Programming
Matthew – Maths A*, Economics B, Geography B KENT Data Science
Owen – Business A, Economics B, Psychology B  Degree Apprenticeship KPMG
Adam – Maths A, Physics A, Psychology B  KENT Forensic Science
Abi – Biology A, Maths A, Psychology A  PORTSMOUTH Psychology
Will – (Senior Head Boy) Computer Science A*, History A*, Maths A, Politics A* KINGS COLLEGE LONDON, Computer Science
Scott – Computer Science A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A*, Physics A*, EPQ A*  CAMBRIDGE Maths
Kat – English Language A, Health and Social Care Distinction* Distinction * READING Speech and Language Therapy
Hollie – Fine Art A, Geography C, Sociology C Brighton Met Computer Games Design
Ellie – Textile Art A, Psychology C, Spanish C BRIGHTON Psychology
Libby – Business Distinction*, English Language A, Sociology A LOUGHBOROUGH English with Business Studies
Sophie – English Literature A, Health and Social Care Distinction, Sociology B CHICHESTER History
Hannah – (Senior Head Girl) History A, Chemistry A, English Literature B  Pharmacy Assistant, Lloyds
Will – (Senior Head Boy) Computer Science A*, History A*, Maths A, Politics A* KINGS COLLEGE LONDON, Computer Science
Halle – Drama B, English Literature A, Media Studies A* CHICHESTER Musical Theatre and Cabaret Performance
Alicia – Geography A, Politics B, Sociology A* GREENWICH Law
Poppy – English Language A, Psychology B, Sociology A* LOUGHBOROUGH Sociology
Holly – Business Distinction * Distinction * Media Studies B BATH SPA Business and Management
Lizzie – Biology B, Chemistry A, German C HARTPURY Veterinary Nursing
Student collection of GCSE results Thursday 12th August 2021

We will distribute GCSE results to students from 11am on Thursday 12th August 2021.  We are staggering the times at which students should attend. These times are dictated by surname.  The timings are as follows:

Surname beginning with
Collection time
A – C
D – F
G – I
J – L
M – O
P – S
T – Z

When arriving to collect results students should enter the school building via the main reception to collect results which will be distributed in the courtyard.
Should you have pre-arranged with the exams office for someone other than your son or daughter to collect results on their behalf please ensure that the person collecting brings appropriate identification such as a bank card or driving licence.

On the day students will be able to confirm their place at Oriel Sixth form. To confirm their place students must speak to a member of the Sixth Form team (Mrs Denman, Mr Withell) when they collect their results. Should a student wish to make a late application after receiving their results they should speak to a member of the Sixth Form team who will be able to advise them of their next steps.

Members of staff will be on hand to ensure that individual students are able to have any necessary conversations to assist them in their progression to the next steps of their education, employment or training.

Sports Day 2021 Update

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Sports Day will now be held at Oriel High School on the field.

Students that are competing will be required to attend mentor at 8.20, where they will be shown a PowerPoint of how the day will unfold.

Unfortunately, due to the adaptations we have made, we will no longer be able to host parents, we hope that you understand our decision.

All students regardless of whether they are competing in sports day or not will be required to wear their PE kit.

Students competing will need to bring the following:

  • Full and correct PE kit
  • A packed lunch and plenty of fluids for the day
  • A sunhat and sun cream

We will be putting up gazebo’s to help provide shade for the students that will be outside all day. The school timings will be as normal and school and school sports day will finish at 2.40.

Comic Relief 2021

Many thanks to everyone who donated to our Comic Relief fundraising page.  We exceeded our £1000 target and raised a fantastic £1,677. Thanks to your donations, Comic Relief continues to make a difference to the lives of millions of people across the UK and around the world.

Comic Relief believes that a just world, free from poverty, is possible, and that those closest to the issues have the best solutions. So Comic Relief partners with amazing projects and organisations that are working to tackle four of the biggest challenges society faces today,

  • Improving mental health
  • A safe place for everyone
  • A world where children survive and thrive
  • Freedom from fear, violence and discrimination

In each of these areas, the Covid-19 pandemic has made people’s lives even harder, so your support is as important as ever.
Thank you again for your donation.

22nd Feb No Longer An Inset Day

Monday 22nd Feb will not be an Inset day and will instead be a normal school day in terms of live lessons and work setting.

Oriel Sixth Form Futures Newsletter

Click here to read the latest Oriel Sixth Form ‘Futures’ Newsletter

School Games 2020

Outstanding Oriel

Oriel High School has been recognised as providing OUTSTANDING support, commitment and engagement of virtual PE/recreational programmes to our students and community during the lockdown period.  Here’s a look Back with leftwards arrow above at the initiatives and competitions we have provided, promoted and supported since schools closed to most students 17 weeks ago, on Friday 20th March:

–  PE With Joe Wicks
– SAM Learning Activities
– Keepy-Up Challenge
– Chuck A Teabag Challenge
– Remote Subject Awards
– Clap For Carers
– PE Staff TikToks
– Weekly Workouts
– ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games
– ‘Virtual’ Sports Day
– ‘Virtual’ PE Presentation Evening


In October Ofsted visited our school and concluded that Oriel was a very good school, with many excellent areas of work.  The lead inspector noted that leaders were reflective and have worked hard on curriculum plans and that they are reviewed well.  The curriculum offer is well considered and it is broad for as long as possible.  The school offers a 3-year Key stage 3 and this is very good; inspectors felt it was particularly impressive for students to study 2 languages throughout year 7,8 and 9..  Overall our curriculum model is very good.

Ofsted were impressed with the school’s emphasis on using research, with leaders weaving them well into their plans. With regard to our staff they told us that they feel valued and looked after.  The lead inspector also said It is a testament to the school that it values and invests in new teacher training.  Staffing is stable in these difficult recruitment times.  The school has a good philosophy in this area.

Sixth Form students are well supported  and Ofsted saw clear evidence of this.  It was remarked by one of the inspectors that a lot is expected of them and they rise to the challenge.  It was seen that sixth form students are making progress.  With regard to behaviour in the school it was highlighted that students are polite and proud of their school and learning well; attitudes are positive, students are respectful and there are high levels of engagement.  There are good relationships between students and staff and students enjoy their learning. The school building is well cared for. Students show respect for their environment.

In terms of enrichment and extra-curricular activities high quality provision is offered at Oriel, from clubs, trips, sports, the arts, school productions, activities week. There is a great offer and students want to be involved in it.  Students love their learning communities and love the competition.  When discussing our school with our students Ofsted asked them (students) if they could sum up Oriel!  “OHS is warming. It makes me feel warm and safe, makes me feel at home”; “challenging but feel at home”; also “calm, amazing, very safe, encouraging, everyone knows everyone else”.  It was clear that students get on well together and are proud of their school.