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Open days announced for new Faygate School

A brand-new school on the borders of Crawley and Horsham will be opening its doors to children next year and prospective families can learn all about it at three upcoming open events.



Kilnwood Vale Primary School will offer a purpose-built environment for
children to ‘grow, learn and flourish’ in Faygate as part of the GLF Trust,
which already has two schools in West Sussex. The school will join Forge
Wood Primary, which opened in September 2016 and Southgate Primary, both in

The new school will be become part of the wider group of schools across
Surrey, Croydon, Wokingham and Oxfordshire, and will benefit from the
Trust’s experience of opening new schools. The most recent GLF school to
have an Ofsted inspection was Chestnut Park Primary in Croydon, which
opened in September 2015 and was judged to be ‘outstanding’ in every
category when the report was released June 2018.

Kilnwood Vale Primary School will open next September with a class of 30
Reception children. The school’s nursery will also open in September with
places available for two, three and four-year-olds.

“Our new school will benefit from sharing outstanding resources and support
in every aspect of school life,”  said Jon Chaloner, CEO of GLF Schools.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the first families to the new school which
will be at the heart of the Kilnwood Vale community. Opening a new school
is always an exciting time and we are delighted to have this opportunity.”

Planning permission for the single-storey free school was granted in the
summer and work is underway on the Faygate site with construction team
Wilmott Dixon working on the project.

The school will ultimately be two-form entry, with associated nursery
spaces. There will be drop-off access at the new building which will be set
back from the road. Further parking will be provided in the neighbourhood
centre with a park and stride in the next phase of development.

Applications for places at Kilnwood Vale Primary School have already
started rolling in after the first open event last month, and there are
three more events before applications for places close.

The next open event will be held on Saturday, November 17 at Bewbush Barn
Church, Frances Edwards Way, and prospective families are invited to attend
the session which starts with a presentation at 10am.

There will be further events on Wednesday, December 5 at Forge Wood School
at 2pm and 4pm, where there will be the opportunity to see another of GLF’s
new schools.

The final session will be on Tuesday, January 8 with a
presentation at 4pm at Faygate Village Hall. The closing date for
applications to join the first cohort is January 15, 2019, with offers
being made on April 16.

Further information about the school and how to apply for places can be
found on the website at


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.



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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