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St Wilfrid’s open day is coming



It is the season for school open days and Crawley’s St Wilfrid’s is opening its doors to show the town and prospective students along with their parents just what the school has to offer.

St Wilfrid’s is a voluntary aided Catholic secondary school in Crawley, West Sussex.  It is a school where students are encouraged to be the best they can be in everything they think, say and do.

And at St Wilfrid’s they aim to celebrate the uniqueness of every student whilst striving to ensure that they develop socially, emotionally and spiritually as well as academically.

In their own words:

“We seek to inspire students to a standard of excellence not just in their learning but also in their development as whole people.  We foster a “can do” attitude by raising the aspirations of the children in our care leading to outstanding levels of progress, which is the true measure of any school.

The sense of community at St Wilfrid’s is evident on a day-to-day basis through the relationships which exist between students and between staff and students.  The staff of St Wilfrid’s do “go the extra mile” for our students.”

Michael Ferry, Headteacher, comments,

“This is a great school, one where we strive to create a purposeful, accepting and caring environment where students develop and flourish intellectually, morally, physically and spiritually. We believe that true education is concerned with the holistic development of each child; their growth into fine young men and women of integrity, ready to make a positive contribution to society is just as important as their qualifications.

We do this by educating the whole person, celebrating their uniqueness and striving for the highest of standards. Our success comes by challenging every student to be the best they can be in everything they think, say and do.

By doing this within a community rooted in Gospel values, we promote hard work, tolerance, love and forgiveness. The standards we set are high and students really do work hard to live up to them.

The staff at St Wilfrid’s work tirelessly to ensure that our students get the best educational experience possible with the result that students make great progress academically whilst developing into fine young adults ready to make a difference to the world.

St Wilfrid’s is a special place with an amazing atmosphere, but don’t just take my word for it. Please come to our Open Evening on Thursday 3rd October 2019 where you can meet some of our wonderful students and teachers.  We will also be hosting Open Mornings the w/c Monday 7th October.  We look forward to meeting you in the near future.”

Your choice of secondary school is a crucial one for you and your child. which is why St Wilfrid’s is welcoming prospective parents to come along to their open evening on Thursday 3rd October 2019 from 6.30pm until 8.00pm where you can meet some of their fantastic staff and students. 

 The headteacher’s talk will take place at 7.30pm in the main school hall.


Extra mental health support in Crawley schools to be developed

West Sussex has been successful in a bid to develop extra mental health support in schools across two pilot areas.



New specialist Mental Health Support Teams will work with children in over 20 schools in a joint partnership between West Sussex County Council, West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Following an analysis of need, the one-year pilot will be rolled out in north-west Crawley and in Bognor Regis and Felpham.

The specialist teams will:

• Provide one-to-one support to children with mild to moderate mental health issues, building on the support already available

• Work alongside school counsellors, nurses and designated mental health leads and introduce or develop their whole school or college approach 

• Liaise with external specialist services to help students with more severe needs to get the right support

Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“One in nine young people aged five to 15 are believed to have a mental health condition and we know early intervention is crucial. So I’m delighted that West Sussex school children will benefit from this exciting new pilot and I look forward to seeing it progress.”

Dr Patience Okorie, Clinical Director Crawley CCG, said:

“This is an exciting development and has come at a time when we have seen increasing need for emotional and mental wellbeing support amongst young people. We recognise the need for early intervention and support and had found there was a huge gap for this.

“The new pilot service is a great opportunity to ensure young people get the help they need at the right time and the right place.”

Alison Wallis, Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Services at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are so pleased that we were successful in our bid for this new service and that we will be able to improve and build on the early and preventative support that we currently provide for children and young people in West Sussex.

“Young people spend a large proportion of their time at school, so it really does make sense for there to be teams based in schools who are specially trained in how to support young people if they raise concerns about their mental health or emotional wellbeing. 

“I am really looking forward to seeing the positive impact that this pilot service will make.”  

The Mental Health Support Teams will now be developed and should be up and running in West Sussex by September 2020.  

It is part of NHS England’s ambition to roll out the specialist support nationally to reach up to a quarter of the country’s young people by 2022-23.

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