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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.


New primary school just outside Crawley nears completion

Last week, Crest Nicholson celebrated a significant construction milestone as the roof of its brand-new Kilnwood Vale Primary School was completed.



Crest Nicholson partnered with leading education contractor Willmott Dixon to build the school in the Faygate community at Horsham, West Sussex. Due to open ahead of the new school year in September, the state-of-the-art school will provide places for more than 420 new pupils across two forms as well as a nursery class.

The milestone, also known as a ‘topping out’ ceremony, was celebrated by the partners with final works now underway to ensure completion by the Summer. Upon completion, Kilnwood Vale Primary School will be home to more than 2.36 hectares of open space including a football pitch, multi-use game areas and extensive playing fields. The school will also feature a dedicated wildlife area, including a stunning pond and wild flower meadow for students to enjoy learning and leisure activities.

The school is set back from the road, offering easy drop-off access and parking, giving parents in Kilnwood Vale peace of mind that their children’s safety has been carefully planned for. Both the school and associated nursery are designed with Kilnwood Vale’s growing community in mind, with plans set out to expand to three classes per year group as more people move to the area.

School operator GLF Schools, which was founded in 2012 and now looks after more than 30 primary and secondary schools, has played a key role in the design of the school. GLF Schools has worked closely with teachers to incorporate their preferences for classroom layouts to create the best possible learning environment for Kilnwood Vale pupils.

Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects, Andrew Dobson, commented: “We are proud of the progress which has been made so far and thrilled to give pupils a new place to learn this September. We’re delighted to deliver our vision for Kilnwood Vale, following our core garden village principles: considering social, environmental and economic factors. We want to show residents that we’re not just building houses but creating a sustainable and thriving community legacy.

“This year marks the five-year anniversary of when our first residents joined the Kilnwood Vale community. During that time, Kilnwood Vale has grown into one of West Sussex’s fastest growing communities, with over 600 people now calling the development home. We’re looking forward to sharing this key part of our commitment to offer local family’s access to the best amenities.”

Willmott Dixon’s spokesperson for the ceremony Managing Director in South London, South East, Roger Forsdyke, said: “Work on the new school in Kilnwood Vale is progressing well. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Crest Nicholson to deliver this new facility, which will leave a legacy by providing much needed education places to this already thriving community.”  

GLF Schools spokesperson, CEO Jon Chaloner, added: “We are delighted to be opening our third school in West Sussex when Kilnwood Vale Primary School opens in September. Each school has its own distinct character and culture which is respectful of the community it serves, and the Kilnwood Vale community will have these beautiful new buildings within which the school will undoubtedly flourish.

“Kilnwood Vale’s pupils will benefit from an inclusive ethos, excellent teaching and
a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by strong leadership.”

Contemporary two and three-bedroom homes at Kilnwood Vale are available from £274,950, with many available using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. For more information, visit the on-site Sales & Marketing Suite which is open on weekdays between 10am and 5pm, from 10am to 7pm on Thursday and between 10.30am and 5.30pm on weekends. Alternatively, call 01293 852501, or visit

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