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150 local students come together for a musical night of song as ‘Crawley Sings’

After its success in 2018, Crawley Sings Live! returned to The Hawth last night for an event which saw over 150 pupils from the Crawley, East Grinstead and Horsham area uniting as one massed choir, accompanied by a live band, to present an evening of uplifting song.



Led by West Sussex Music’s Leader for Singing Projects, Rosie Secker, Crawley Sings Live! brought pupils from St Wilfrid’s, Ifield Community College, Sackville, Oriel High, Hazelwick and The Forest School, together in harmony.

This year, students from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School and Manor Green College were also singing, for the first time, as part of the massed choir; making this a wonderfully inclusive event.

“We are delighted to be back at The Hawth with Crawley Sings Live! and to be able to give pupils from Crawley, East Grinstead and Horsham the opportunity to join together and sing in a professional setting, with a live band and conducted by a choral specialist.” 

Explains Judith Finlay, Leader for School Engagement, West Sussex Music.

The sensation of standing on stage and hearing applause is incredibly affirming and confidence-building and, at West Sussex Music, we work hard to enable access for as many children as possible to these large-scale events and enriching vocal opportunities.”

West Sussex Music say they are the largest provider of high-quality music education to children and young people in West Sussex.

Every week during term time, children can enjoy a whole range of musical activities at its Crawley Music Centre including bands, choirs, orchestras as well as lessons and aural and theory classes.

So, whatever the choice of instrument, level of competence or age, there is a suitable ensemble or band to be found.

West Sussex Music is currently offering a FREE Key2Music beginner’s Cello session at its Crawley Music Centre on Saturday 23rd March.

Perfect for 5-11 year olds, this exclusive taster session will give children the chance to try their hand at the cello and to sample one of the wide-ranging musical activities that the charity has to offer, completely free of charge.

All you have to do to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity is simply turn up at Crawley Music Centre on Saturday 23rd March at 10:00 a.m.


Crawley pupils told they can either accept, use mock grades or take exam when results are announced this week



West Sussex pupils will receive their A/AS Level and GCSE grades over the next week in very different circumstances this year.

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic denied students the chance to sit any of their final exams. They will instead be given calculated grades based on an assessment of a range of their work.

The Department for Education yesterday announced that pupils will be given the option to accept their calculated grade, appeal to receive their mock results if higher, or sit an optional autumn written exam.

Many will be celebrating getting what they need to further their education or training and others will be getting ready to enter employment. As ever there will be those who didn’t get the grades needed or are unsure about what to do next – and for these young people help is available to them from the careers advice service run by West Sussex County Council.

Tania Corn is one of the council’s careers advisors on hand to offer guidance.

Tania said:

“If you receive your results and they’re not what you were expecting or you’re unsure what to do next, it can all feel a bit scary or overwhelming. It’s good to talk things through to see what direction to go in.

“Please do call or email the careers team. You’ll be able to register and receive one-to-one support from one of our advisors. They’ll be able to discuss your situation and help you consider your options.”

A/AS Level results day takes place on 13 August 2020 with GSCE results day a week later on 20 August.

The DfE has announced that it won’t publish results from English schools as normal later this year, including results from primary schools, and confirmed that 2020 grades won’t count in measuring a school’s performance.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“The pandemic has been tough on so many and for young people aged 16 to 18, it has come at a crucial time in their education.

“Much hard work will have gone into preparing to sit final exams, so I thank these young people for being so adaptable, and their schools for supporting them so well. They have even been denied the tradition of going into school to collect results and say goodbye to teachers and classmates.

“These young people have shown remarkable resilience which will stand them in good stead for the future. I cannot thank them, and their teachers enough for all their hard work and flexibility during what has been such a disruptive time.

“I hope that those in need of some guidance get in touch with our careers advisors, who are there to help them.”

You can contact the careers team by calling 0330 222 2700 or email

More information is available on our BacktoSchool webpages

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