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Is Crawley Pride about to become a reality?

Following local young people questioning why there is no event in the town and their desire for one now an Open Meeting has been called to assess its viability and support.

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Pride has always been a popular yearly event with possibly the two largest ones either side of Crawley, Brighton and London.

But now talk has turned to the possibility of Crawley itself holding its very own Pride.

The idea has come about following discussions within Crawley Community Youth Service where LGBTQ+ awareness has been a key element in education and supporting young people in the town.

Now they want to take it a step further with an Open Meeting being held at Dormans so that young people can voice their opinions and get involved if they so wish.

Elinor Adie who is helping arrange this said:

“We’re excited to give the young people of Crawley a safe space where they can meet with other LGBTQ+ young people and discuss their views of LGBTQ+ support services and awareness in their own town.

Throughout my five years of working with young people in Crawley, many of the LGBTQ+ young people that I’ve worked with have accessed support services outside of the town.

Whilst it’s fantastic that advice and support is accessible through services like the Find It Out Centre, the young people of our town deserve more, including regular young people’s groups that provide a safe space for young people to discuss the issues in their lives with trained professionals – services available in other towns across West Sussex”.

Details of the Open Meeting are below.

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Celebrations for Crawley school now ranked in top ten

Smiles all round for the Crawley school for making it into the top 10 out of 283 schools.

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Pupils, Parents & Carers, Governors and Staff were all celebrating at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School this week, after it emerged the school, located in Langley Green, has been ranked 7th (out of 283 schools) in this year’s Key Stage 2 West Sussex School League Tables.

Chair of Governors, Maja Jasko, said:

“this is an amazing achievement and the result of the hard work, commitment and determination of the children, OLQOH staff, Parents & Carers and Governors, over many years. The OLQOH Governors would also like to congratulate our Key Stage 1 Pupils and Teaching Team, who also achieved fantastic outcomes in 2017/18, with 93% of children passing the ‘Phonics Check’, and combined outcomes in Year 2 exceeding the WSCC County Average.”

Deputy Head Teacher, Jan Miles, went on to comment:

“OLQOH recognises that academic outcomes represent just a fraction of the vital work that all primary schools are doing, preparing our children and young people for both secondary school and adult life. Nonetheless, these result build on the excellent SATs scores achieved at Our Lady’s over the past 5 years and reflect our school mantra ‘Better Never Stops!’.”

 

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