We are a Catholic School, founded by the Catholic Church, owned by the Trustees of the Diocese, Governed by a Governing Body, the majority of whom are appointed by the Bishop. We offer a free education in common with schools maintained by West Sussex County Council.
We come together to pray each and every day. The children use recognised prayers of the Church, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the morning offering, for example. We also invite the children to create personal prayer and provide opportunities for reflection and meditation. The liturgical year provides a framework for our worship and we reflect each week on the message of Sunday’s Gospel reading. Children who become part of our community are enabled to be in touch with God, to know his Church and to learn the meaning of discipleship. Every child in our community is of equal importance, Catholic or not, we value each child for who they are.
We give every child an opportunity for educational development to the highest possible level.
We participate in the ritual and tradition of the Catholic faith and follow the 'Come & See' RE Curriculum. We are fortunate to have a priest from Crawley Parish, as our school chaplain. Parish clergy celebrate regular school and class Masses with us each year, as well as the sacrament of reconciliation twice a year for those who have made their first confession. Clergy also join children and staff during the working day on a regular basis. Further, each May we have a May procession in honour of Our Lady, Patroness of OLQOH. We also have Rosary on a weekly basis in October and May, and Advent and Lenten Devotions each year. Parents and Carers are always welcome to attend these events, alongside staff and children.
The children celebrate their achievements in a Celebration Assembly each Friday morning. EYFS and Key Stage 1 celebrate Christmas through annual Nativity Plays and we hold a Carol Service in the Church led by Year 5&6 each December. Year 3&4 prepare an annual retelling of the Easter Story, whilst, in the Summer Term, Year 6 perform a Musical Play.
We encourage all children to see the good in others and use the Golden Rules to emphasise our behaviour policy. These are easy for the children and staff to follow and remember.
At the end of Year 6 almost all of our children transfer to St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Secondary School. The Head Teacher, Mr Ferry, regularly visits the school and he works closely with his staff to ensure a smooth transition for our pupils. As a Catholic school we are part of a wider network of Catholic Schools, across our Deanery, our Diocese and the Catholic Education Service as a whole. We work closely with the Crawley Deanery Schools and with the Catholic Schools Service of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.