“Pupils described their school as ‘warming’ because it has a community feel. Pupils and teachers get on extremely well; we saw them chatting happily together in lessons and around the school. Pupils value and take care of their learning environment” – Ofsted, 2019

“Since starting in September, my son has flourished in self belief and confidence and is very proud to be a pupil of Oriel High School” – Year 7 Parent comment

Most students attending the school live within the catchment area which comprises the wards of Maidenbower, Worth & Pound Hill South.

Many children transfer from one of the local junior schools: Maidenbower Junior School, Pound Hill Junior School and The Oaks. However, we had students from 28 different schools transfer to us in September.

Oriel High School’s admissions are managed by West Sussex County Council. Click the link below for further information about how to apply

Admission arrangements for those students with a Special Education Need (SEN) are outlined below.

For further information on admissions and appeals if the school is over subscribed please visit

If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Useful Contact Telephone Numbers

Pupil Admissions Team (Northern Area) County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Telephone: 03330 142 903
Fax: 01403 276460

Pupil Admissions Team (Southern Area) Centenary House, Durrington Lane, Worthing, BN13 2QB
Telephone: 03330 142 903
Fax: 01903 839214

Special Educational Needs Assessment Team
Telephone numbers:

  • 0330 222 8881 – Chichester, Bognor Regis,
    Midhurst, Petworth
  • 0330 222 8882 – Angmering, Littlehampton,
    Steyning, Worthing, Shoreham, Lancing,
    Horsham West
  • 0330 222 8883 – Crawley, Burgess Hill, Horsham
    East, Haywards Heath, Cuckfield, East Grinstead

Elective Home Education
Telephone: 0330 222 3300

Oriel High School is featured in The Parliamentary Review

Every year The Parliamentary Review’s September launch brings together the most creative and inspiring voices across business, industry, education and the public sector to share insight, encourage best practice and help organisations confront the challenges of an ever-changing political landscape.

Oriel High School is situated in Maidenbower, Crawley, and is an institution built by the community, for the community. Elaborating on this aspect in their Review article and the journey the school has been on over the years and the next steps they plan on taking, Headteacher, Philip Stack stated: “We are delighted to be involved in this year’s Parliamentary Review and we hope our story is read widely.”

Oriel High School’s article can be viewed here: