Ifield Community College

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Ifield Community College
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Address
Crawley Avenue

,
West Sussex
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RH11 0DB

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Coordinates 51°07′02″N0°12′35″W / 51.1172°N 0.2096°W / 51.1172; -0.2096 Coordinates: 51°07′02″N0°12′35″W / 51.1172°N 0.2096°W / 51.1172; -0.2096
Information
School type Community school
Established1966
FounderSarah Robinson
Local authority West Sussex County Council
Department for Education URN 126071 Tables
Ofsted Reports
PrincipalMr. Corbett
Gender Mixed
Age11to 18
Number of students1018
Colour(s)Black (and red logo)        
Former nameIfield Grammar School
Website

Ifield Community College (ICC) is a maintained comprehensive secondary school for pupils aged 11 to 18.

State schools are generally primary or secondary schools mandated for or offered to all children without charge, funded in whole or in part by taxation.

A comprehensive school is a school type, principally in the United Kingdom; it is a school for secondary aged children, that does not select its intake on the basis of academic achievement or aptitude, in contrast to the selective school system, where admission is restricted on the basis of selection criteria. The term is commonly used in relation to England and Wales, where comprehensive schools were introduced as state schools on an experimental basis in the 1940s and became more widespread from 1965. With the educational reforms of the 2000 and 2011 decades, they may be part of a local education authority or be a self governing academy or part of a multi-academy trust.

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Admissions

It caters for around 1000 pupils in years 7 to 13, including over 100 in its sixth form. It is situated in the west of Crawley, next to the A23. Ifield railway station is nearby to the south.

In the education systems of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and some other Commonwealth countries, sixth form represents the final 1-3 years of secondary education, where students prepare for their A-level examinations.

A23 road major road in the United Kingdom

The A23 road is a major road in the United Kingdom between London and Brighton, East Sussex, England. It is managed by Transport for London for the section inside the Greater London boundary, Surrey County Council and West Sussex County Council for the section shadowed by the M23 motorway, the Highways Agency between the M23 and Patcham, and by Brighton and Hove Council from the A27 to the centre of Brighton.

Ifield railway station

Ifield railway station serves the neighbourhoods of Ifield and Gossops Green in the West Sussex town of Crawley, England. It is on the Arun Valley Line, 31 miles 66 chains (51.2 km) down the line from London Bridge, measured via Redhill. Train services are provided by Southern.

The school is entirely comprehensive, providing education for around 1000 pupils aged between 11 and 18 of all abilities.

Most pupils attending the school live within the catchment area, and transfer from one of the local primary schools:

History

The school has history dating back to 1852 – nearly 100 years before the coming of the new town. It began life as a free school opened by Mrs Sarah Robinson in the village of Crawley. A new building was opened in 1854 in what was later to become known as Robinson Road in honour of the teacher. In 1953, the school lost its primary-aged pupils with the opening of the new West Green county junior and infants' school. Many older pupils were moved to the newly opened Hazelwick School with the remainder transferring to the new Sarah Robinson secondary modern School buildings opened on the Ifield campus in 1956. [1]

Hazelwick School

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

Comprehensive

At this time, the secondary modern school shared a campus with the newly opened Ifield County Grammar School, built in 1955. The schools worked closely together, eventually merging in 1966 to become Ifield comprehensive school following retirement of F.W. Wilmott, the Headmaster at the Sarah Robinson school. [2] A distinguished headmaster, Mr Bomford, was brought in to oversee the transition and he introduced a new formality, with senior teachers wearing gowns in assemblies for the first time. Ifield had a considerable reputation for sport, particularly soccer and athletics. The pupils at this time included Jeff Bryant, who went on to be a professional footballer with Wimbledon and Alan Minter, a future World Boxing Champion.

By 1984 there were some 1600 pupils on roll [3] - including Keith Newell who went on to play cricket for Sussex County Cricket Club.

Sussex County Cricket Club English cricket team

Sussex County Cricket Club is the oldest of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Sussex. Its limited overs team is called the Sussex Sharks. The club was founded in 1839 as a successor to the various Sussex county cricket teams, including the old Brighton Cricket Club, which had been representative of the county of Sussex as a whole since the 1720s. The club has always held first-class status. Sussex have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.

Developments in the early 1980s saw the two separate buildings co-locating, with former buildings becoming the home of Ifield Middle School in 1985. In 2005, a new school building opened in the centre of the campus, with the old buildings being demolished. [4]

Campus

The campus for the school was set aside in the masterplan for Crawley New Town along the eastern edge of the neighbourhood of Ifield alongside the A23. It was shared with St Margaret's Church of England primary school, and later the Holy Cross Intermediate School.

In 2005, a new building for the school was opened in the south eastern-most corner of the large campus, maintaining the existing tree-lined boundaries. The campus is still shared with St Margaret's School, and now The Mill Primary School and the Manor Green special schools. [5]

Choir

Ifield Community College had a very successful and accomplished choir made up of students from all age groups in the school.In 1996 it was the subject of a film by SVC television, directed by Andrew Vere. [6] The choir, led by Patrick Allen (music educator), has performed at some of Europe's major venues, including St Mark's Basilica in Venice (2008),the Royal Festival Hall, London, Barcelona Cathedral, the Auditorium Stravinski in Montreux and a recent (June 2011) collaboration with the BBC Singers saw them performing and recording at Maida Vale Studios. [7] They have been six times finalists at the National Festival of Music for Youth, most recently in 2009, 2010 and 2014. [8] The choir was the subject of a feature on BBC Radio 3's Music Matters in May 2011, focusing on the integration of the choir's Chagossian Drummers. [9] The choir also represented the UK in The Let The People's Sing Gala Concert, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in October 2011. [10] The choir broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 in March 2012 as part of the Voice's Now festival from The Roundhouse, London. [11]

School in 2004 before demolition in 2005 Ifield Community College - geograph.org.uk - 22132.jpg
School in 2004 before demolition in 2005

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