Hazelwick School

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Hazelwick School
Hazelwick Mill Lane

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RH10 1SX

Coordinates51°07′31″N 0°09′55″W / 51.1252°N 0.1652°W / 51.1252; -0.1652Coordinates: 51°07′31″N 0°09′55″W / 51.1252°N 0.1652°W / 51.1252; -0.1652
TypeSecondary academy
MottoEffort Achieves
Local authorityWest Sussex County Council
SpecialistsTechnology & Humanities
Department for Education URN137263 Tables
Chair of GovernorsWendy Stanford
Head teacherAnn Fearon
Age11 to 18
Colour(s)Royal Blue     

Hazelwick School is an Academy Co-educational Comprehensive School for pupils aged 11 to 18, located in Crawley, West Sussex, England.


Hazelwick School entrance

Hazelwick School is a Secondary school for pupils aged 11–18. Construction on the school finished in 1952, although it did not officially open until 1953, as a secondary modern school serving the north-east of Crawley. Philip Keyte, the school’s first pioneering Headmaster, designed the school’s uniform and created its motto 'effort achieves' which is still used to this day. He and his colleagues (including his successor Jim Wilkinson) helped establish a new school in a new town on a new site. The school’s original curriculum, as stated in the commemoration leaflet for Hazelwick’s official opening, was designed to reflect ‘not only the industrial character of the New Town but also its rural background'. At the time the school's main building (now known as 'Lower School') featured in the ‘Architectural Review’ of the summer of 1953 as a state-of-the-art secondary school building.[1] Buildings were extended in the late 1950s, with the school becoming a bi-lateral grammar and secondary modern school in 1960 - a precursor to its current comprehensive status.[2]

In 1971, the school reduced its age range to 12-18, as the area became a three-tier area, with provision for children in middle schools up until the age of twelve. This situation was reversed in 2004, with the school once again taking pupils aged eleven, at the beginning of Year 7. In preparation for this latter change, the school had considerable work done to buildings. It had been thought that the school would form part of the local Private Finance Initiative which re-built other local schools, but this was not to be the case.[3]

Academy status[edit]

At the start of August, 2011, Hazelwick School became an Academy School in line with new laws passed by the Coalition Government. Academy status was sought due to the school governing body and parental community wanting to have independent control over the school, believing that in the long run the school itself (and the governing body) is best placed to make decisions about its future development.[4]


The school caters for around 2000 pupils who are separated into 7 different years within the school. Years 7 to 9 study at Key Stage 3 which acts as the foundation knowledge of their educational career. Years 10 to 11 study at Key Stage 4 where pupils study to obtain a variety of qualifications such as; GCSEs, BTECs, NVQs and some pupils can even take A Levels. At Hazelwick's Sixth Form, approximately 400 students are taught at Key Stage 5 which provides several different qualifications for students to obtain, with the main being A Levels. A range of other higher level awards such as BTEC and NVQ are also offered by the school.[5]


The school is a specialist technology college having specialisms in Humanities and Technology . It was awarded the Naacemark for schools, recognising the school's success in developing and implementing a strategic approach to ICT.[6]

Although specialised the school offers a vast range of subjects within the curriculum, from core subjects such as Maths, Science and English to subjects as varied as Drama, Electronics, Art, Music, ICT and more.[7]

Sister School[edit]

Hazelwick School is twinned with Aggrey School in Ghana. This twinning was, until Ann Fearon's appointment as Head Teacher of the school celebrated with alternating annual trips being made by sixth formers and teachers. During the visit by Aggrey to Hazelwick a week of events to do with the cultural aspects of Ghana take place throughout the school to further ties between the two schools.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Notable former teachers[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  2. ^ Hudson, T.P. (ed.) (1987). "Crawley New Town: Education". A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 3: Bramber Rape (North-Eastern Part) including Crawley New Town. Oxford: Institute of Historical Research by Oxford University Press. pp. 93–95. ISBN 0-19-722768-6. Retrieved 2007-01-04.
  3. ^ "Hazelwick School not now part of Crawley PFI package" (Press release). West Sussex County Council. 2002-07-16. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-01-05.
  4. ^ "School pleased with new role as an academy". ThisIsSussex. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  5. ^ Department for Education and Skills (2007). "Edubase". Department for Education and Skills. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  6. ^ "Naacemarked Schools". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
  7. ^ "Hazelwick School KS4 Brochure 2011" (PDF). Hazelwick School. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  8. ^ Waller, Robert; Criddle, Byron (2002). The Almanac of British Politics. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780415268332.
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  10. ^ [2] Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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