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History of the School

A class photo from 1958 taken against the temporary classroom in the playgroundOur Lady Queen of Heaven School First School was built in 1957 as Crawley New Town was taking shape and opened on 11th September 1957.  The school, part of Crawley Parish,  started in temporary accomodation, as can be seen on the left, while the main school building was constructed.  It opened with 36 children of 5 and 6 years of age in 2 huts, as can be seen on the left.  

The first two teachers were both nuns, Sister Marie and Sister Marie-Odile.  Just one year later the school had grown to 105 children and a new "Infant Department" building was created.

By 1960 the school had grown to 200 pupils and the additional junior classrooms were complete, enabling Our Lady's to be a full First School.  

By September 1961 there were 9 classes and 325 pupils on roll.   (You can read more about the history of the parish here.)

Over time the school has grown with major new additions to the building in 1995 when the school changed to a primary school for children aged 5-11 and 2003-12 when new facilities were added.  In 2015, building works began to expand the school from a PAN of 45 pupils, to 60 pupils.

We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2007 when we welcomed many past pupils back to the school, and are looking forward to our Diamond Jubilee on 14/7/17. If you would like to join with us on the 14th July, please email or call the Office Team.

Since 1957 the school has experienced dozens of teachers and just 9 Head Teachers:

Sister Marie
Mr George Todd
Mr Philip Barnes
Miss Maria O' Sullivan
Mr George Kenney
Miss Murphy
Mr Ray Gately
Mr Vince Burke
Mr Tobias Melia

Do you have any old school photos or memories you would like to share.  If so please email with details.  We can't put everything online but we are building a digital archive of the schools history for use in school, we would appreciate your contribution.

Gallery - please click to view

Bishop Richard's visit

Bishop Richard's visit (198KB)

World Book Day 2015

World Book Day 2015 (265KB)

Retreat Day with Father Chris

Retreat Day with Father Chris (156KB)

Crowning Our Lady 2014

Crowning Our Lady 2014 (205KB)

Crowning Our Lady 2014

Crowning Our Lady 2014 (242KB)

Mrs Sawyer back in 2002!

Mrs Sawyer back in 2002! (212KB)






Spellling OLQOH on field

Spellling OLQOH on field (46KB)

Queens Diamond Jubilee Party

Queens Diamond Jubilee Party (195KB)

Father Jonathan, previous Chaplain.

Father Jonathan, previous Chaplain. (260KB)

Original front before new 2007 extension

Original front before new 2007 extension (215KB)

1958 Class photo

1958 Class photo (246KB)

1961 Class Photo

1961 Class Photo (228KB)

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