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It was ‘All Onboard’ for Crawley Mariners Junior Helm Week

The 2019 OnBoard Junior Helm Week at Crawley Mariners saw 65 young sailors take to Hedgecourt Lake near Felbridge for lots of fun and sailing in all different wind conditions.



The week in July was entirely run by volunteers, and marks one of the highlights in the calendar for young Crawley Mariners.

Daniela Campbell from the club says:

“As usual, Hedgecourt Lake served up a variety of wind and weather conditions meaning there was plenty of opportunity for capsizing. Our sailors dealt with all of these conditions brilliantly. If you have not seen it yet, you should come and have a look how quickly Topper sailors can get back into their boats after a capsize.”

This year included a trip up an imaginary African river for Oppie dinghy sailors, to see what creatures were hiding there. For the Topper sailors raft building was on the agenda. Anything from upwind sailing and mark rounding to the ever-popular whistle game was included in the programme.

Daniela adds:

“A big thank you goes to the large number of volunteers who have helped to make the week a success: organisers, instructors, safety boat crews, galley staff, registration and everyone who has lent a hand. This would not be possible without you.

“We are all looking forward to the next edition of Junior Helm Week in 2020!”

Run by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres. 

RYA OnBoard centres offer low cost sessions designed to promote equal access to sailing for young people from all social and economic backgrounds, whilst encouraging their character development.

Since 2005, OnBoard has introduced more than 900,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting some 70,000 of them into regular participants.

Crawley Mariners in an RYA OnBoard Centre, an RYA Recognised Training Centre, and a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club.

For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit


Tilgate Primary School praised by Ofsted

Following a recent Ofsted inspection, The Oaks Primary School and Nursery was judged as continuing to be a good school that is highly ambitious for its pupils.



The inspection took place on the last Wednesday of the school year in July and the report states that the school has a:

cohesive, knowledgeable and influential team of senior and middle leaders who are highly ambitious for pupils”.

The report also acknowledges how positive the pupils and parents feel about the school:

“Pupils enjoy school. They are enthusiastic, keen and inquisitive learners…(the pupils) said that lessons are fun and make them think hard”. “Parents praised the staff’s efforts to provide children with good opportunities to learn and ensure that they are fully prepared for the next stage of their education. One parent said, ‘My daughter loves the school.’ Parents particularly value the way staff support their children to develop good personal and social skills”.

There is also praise for The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) and the impact of collaborative work between the TKAT schools:

“Leaders at all levels benefit from their collaborative work with The Kemnal Academies Trust. From schools within this multi-academy trust (MAT), leaders meet together to share good practice and update their knowledge”.

Alan Gunn, Headteacher of the school said,

“We are all absolutely thrilled with the report. We have a highly dedicated and skilled staff who are all committed to giving all our children the best possible start to life.

Everyone works very hard to ensure The Oaks is a fantastic place for our children to learn and grow as successful, confident and responsible individuals. I am so proud of our children and the staff and it is great that our efforts have been acknowledged by Ofsted.

The report has highlighted a number of our strengths and that we continue to strive to provide good level of education. It has also confirmed ways that we can continue to improve on to ensure even greater success in the future.”

The full report can be read on the School’s website by clicking here.

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