Curriculum Support

School Library

The library has a wide range of newspapers, magazines, storybooks and fact books to hand.   You are bound to find something to interest you. Whether you are looking for a little light reading or a vital piece of information for an independent study project the library is often the best place to start.

The library has 17 computers with internet access. The library is open first thing in the morning, break time, lunchtime and after school (library pass required). Each year we celebrate World Book Day.  Come along and meet Mrs Beckett, our librarian.  Our library is a vibrant and engaging place to learn.


Specialist Support Centre (SSC)

Oriel High School has a team of dedicated trained professional staff that support students with Dyslexia & Speech and Language barriers. All students need an EHCP that indicates low literacy levels with average cognitive ability. We understand that early and effective support is essential in overcoming the barriers to learning and social and emotional well-being for children and young people.

For further information please read our Dyslexia Policy and our Student advice leaflet. Alternatively you can contact our Head of SSC, Mrs Emsley, via the main school telephone number or e-mail cemsley@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk


Forest Schools – A classroom without walls

Forest Schools is inspirational, opinion changing and challenging. It is personally and socially uplifting, so laying firm foundations for other learning. Unlike other forms of outdoor education which generally concentrate on team building, challenging activities or competitiveness, Forest Schools embraces an entirely different approach through the nurturing, support and development of the self-esteem of participants. The students will do the following activities while on the 12 week course.

  • Fire-lighting skills
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Basic tool use to make a variety of objects
  • Building shelters
  • Art projects
  • Games/challenges
  • Learn about the environment and how to manage it
  • Link all that we do to the National Curriculum especially in areas like science, maths, English, geography and history.

Mrs Jordan coordinates Forest Schools and referrals are made by Pastoral Coordinators.  Some students who have completed Forest Schools also train to be Student Leaders and assist with our local infant schools on their Forest Schools programme.