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A Catholic Education

The crucifix in the school entrance area
“Jesus took a little child and set him by his side and then said to them: ‘Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. For the least among you all, that is the one who is great.”
Luke 9:47,48.


We are a Catholic School, founded by the Catholic Church, owned by the Trustees of the Diocese, Governed by a Governing Body, the majority of whom are appointed by the Bishop. We offer a free education in common with schools controlled by West Sussex County Council.


We are a Catholic Community school, created by individuals coming together to work for common aims. We welcome parents and children from other faiths, up to sixty percent of our intake are baptised Catholics, we have many families from the Church of England and an increasing number from Muslim and Hindu Faiths.


Every pupil who enters our school is a member of God’s family.

Joseph and Mary, the Nativity 2012We come together to pray each and every day. The children use recognised prayers of the Church, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the morning offering, for example. We also invite the children to create personal prayer and provide opportunities for reflection and meditation. The liturgical year provides a framework for our worship and we reflect each week on the message of Sunday’s Gospel reading. Children who become part of our community are enabled to be in touch with God, to know his Church and to learn the meaning of discipleship. Every child in our community is of equal importance, Catholic or not, we value each child for who he/she is rather than for what he/she can do.


We give every child an opportunity for educational development to the highest possible level.

We participate in the ritual and tradition of the Catholic faith and follow the 'Come & See' RE Curriculum.  We are fortunate to have a priest from Crawley Parish, Fr Louis, as our school chaplain. Father Louis, celebrates regular school and class Masses with us each year, as well as the sacrament of reconciliation twice a year for those who have made their first confession.  Fr Louis Ezilio also joins children and staff during the working day on a weekly basis. Further, each May we have a May procession in honour of Our Lady, Patron of the school. We also have Rosary club on a weekly basis in October and May.

The Junior ChoirThe children celebrate their achievements in a Celebration Assembly each Friday morning. Key Stage 1 celebrate Christmas with a wonderful Nativity play, we have an Easter play from Year 4 and in the summer Year 6 usually perform a work of English literature.

We encourage all children to see the good in others and use the Golden Rules to emphasise our behaviour policy.  These are easy for the children and staff to follow and remember.

At the end of Year 6 almost all of our children transfer to St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Secondary School. The Head Teacher, Mr Ferry, regularly visits the school and he works closely with his staff to ensure a smooth transition for our pupils. As a Catholic school we are part of a wider network of Catholic Schools, across our deanery, our diocese and the Catholic Education Service as a whole. We work closely with the Crawley deanery schools and with the Catholic Schools Service of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.

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