St Wilfrid's Catholic School, Crawley

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St Wilfrid's Catholic School
Stwcsc logo.png
Coat of arms of the School
Motto In Omnibus Labora
(Labour in all things)
Established 1953
Type Voluntary Aided Comprehensive
Religion Catholic
Head Michael Ferry
Lay Chaplain Claire Franke
Location Old Horsham Road
West Sussex
RH11 8PG
51°06′35″N 0°12′11″W / 51.1097°N 0.2031°W / 51.1097; -0.2031Coordinates: 51°06′35″N 0°12′11″W / 51.1097°N 0.2031°W / 51.1097; -0.2031
Local authority West Sussex County Council
DfE URN 126095 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 932
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Augustine, Benedict, Catherine, Dominic and Francis






St Wilfrid's Catholic School is a voluntary aided comprehensive Catholic secondary school in Crawley, West Sussex, England for pupils aged 11 to 18. It caters for 936 pupils in years 7 to 13, including 181 in its sixth form.


St Wilfrid's Roman Catholic (Aided) modern school opened in 1953 on its current campus in Crawley New Town to provide Catholic secondary education for the children of the town. At first, based in an old manor house, additional buildings were developed over the next ten years to accommodate increasing numbers. In 1967, the school became comprehensive.[1]

Further increases in numbers on roll led to changes in 1970 which saw the school change to become an upper school providing education for pupils aged 13 to 18, with younger pupils attending one of the two newly opened middle schools in the town: Holy Cross Intermediate School and Notre Dame Intermediate School. This arrangement continued until 1996, when falling rolls led to a return to the school becoming a full secondary accepting pupils aged 11+.[1]

From 2007, preparations went underway for a complete re-build of the school on its existing campus which opened in 2008.[2]


The campus for the school was originally based around the school building, named "Oakwood" which lies alongside Goffs Park. The residence was purchased by the diocese in 1952 to provide a Catholic secondary school in the new town. It was accompanied by 21 ac (8.5 ha) of land that makes up the modern campus.[3] The school moved into its new home in May 2009. It still maintains the same address as before, but, besides that, the building is different. The new school premises provide facilities set within a building.[citation needed] The facilities include a Sports England standard sports hall and external pitches, a drama studio[citation needed]; multi-use activity space for drama, dance and physical education; a range of laboratories and workshops[citation needed]; a music suite and art gallery; together with a Learning Resource Centre and ICT facilities throughout the school.[citation needed] The new facilities also enable the school to offer its local community an Enterprise and Learning Centre and a chapel in which school and parish can gather in worship.[citation needed]


The school is comprehensive, providing education for around 900 pupils aged between 11 and 18 of all abilities. It sets its own admissions criteria in line with other voluntary aided schools. It provides education for pupils from Crawley, and the nearby towns of Horsham and East Grinstead and their surrounding villages.

Although this year’s GCSE results (2010) were not quite matching the previous year, in their efforts, the school did very well.

The A Level results this year (2010) were reported as the highest results in the school's history with Year 13 students attaining a remarkable 99% pass rate, which is above the national average, with 15% achieving A*-A grade, 40% achieving an A*-B grade and 70% achieving A*-C.

Notable alumni[edit]

The school is noted for its musical alumni: Robert Smith (of The Cure), Paul Stewart, Kevin Jeremiah and Ciaran Jeremiah (all of The Feeling) and Jeremy Cunningham (of The Levellers (band)).[4]


  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ "St Wilfrid's new school building to open in September 2008". St Wilfrid's Catholic School website. St Wilfrid's Catholic School. Archived from the original on 2006-09-05. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  3. ^ "History of St Wilfrid's". St Wilfrid's Catholic School website. St Wilfrid's Catholic School. Archived from the original on 2006-09-18. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Taking Jeremy Up York Minster". At 42 Sec. of the Levellers video blog 18.10.2010, Jeremy explains being an alumnus of St Wilfrid's in Crawley. Retrieved 2018-01-07. 

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