Year 9 Photoworks workshop

On Wednesday 18th January, 25 year 9 students participated in an inspiring and exciting photographic workshop where they were asked to reimagine their future.

By asking a series of thought-provoking questions Photoworks, working in collaboration with Lindsey Smith (Photographic Artist), encouraged the students to explore ideas creatively and challenge perceptions to create innovative photographic art pieces.

If we believe that the future is made from fragments of the past, which parts must we keep for the future? How can we create change and adapt? Who is responsible for the future? How can artists help visualise a better tomorrow?

Students worked with cameras on phones to create “phone sculptures” and then went onto to explore DSLR cameras in a studio setting to create “letters to their future selves”. This was a valuable and enriching experience for all those involved.

Organisation – Developing a healthy sleep routines

As part of our PM Mentor schedule, this week’s focus is on improving our sleep routines.


Research shows that teenagers who have approximately 8-10 hours of sleep every night have an improved physical and mental health. Our students have spent time this week discussing the impact sleep has on mood, attitude and concentration levels and we have concluded that sleep is keep to success and happiness!


To find out more about how to set up, and stick to healthy routines for sleep, please take a look at the leaflets here; there is one for parents/carers and one for teenagers. More information can be found on the Teen Sleep Hub’s website: Home – Teen Sleep Hub


Oriel View Winter 2022

See below for the Winter Edition of the Oriel View.

Previous editions can be found on out Newsletters page

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.

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.

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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