It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Our Lady of Sion School’s website

Our Lady of Sion is an independent day school located in the heart of Worthing. The School is part of a worldwide network of schools and colleges founded by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion to promote respect and understanding of others. The School was founded in 1862 and, whilst proud of our heritage, we are a very forward-looking, vibrant and dynamic institution. Our community is diverse and we welcome staff and pupils from all faiths and none, from a variety of cultures and traditions.

Whether you are considering Junior, Senior or Sixth Form, I would urge you and your son or daughter to visit the School. You will find our School to be warm and friendly, where we aim to ensure all pupils flourish and be happy and successful individuals. Our small class sizes, throughout the School, allow our staff to fully understand your son’s or daughter’s strengths and specific needs, and their excellent teaching instils in pupils a love of learning and exploration. The School’s GCSE and A level results are always well above national averages, demonstrating the excellent progress our pupils make throughout their time with us.

We are acutely aware of the financial commitment that our parents are making by choosing Our Lady of Sion School. This is an investment in your sons and daughters, and we want to ensure we meet your expectations, not only in their academic results but also their personal development.

Bursaries are available to support families who require them and applicants into Year 7 may apply for a scholarship. For students who join in Year 7 and stay with us to Year 11, there is no charge for Years 12 and 13 assuming they have the GCSE grades necessary for our Sixth Form entry.

Our ISI Inspection in December 2016, praised our students’ self-knowledge, self-confidence and emotional resilience as being highly developed throughout the school. They found that our students show a strong awareness of their own well-being, enabling them to make good decisions in areas such as behaviour, health and how to stay safe.

Since Our Lady of Sion is a through school, we are able to guide them throughout their education from when they join us in Early Years to their final years in our Sixth Form. We not only form a strong relationship with your sons and daughters, understanding their specific needs as they face key transitions between phases within our School but also with our parents. Excellent communication between home and school is essential and we ensure this is maintained throughout your sons and daughters time at Sion.

Our Inspection Report also highlights our pupils’ very positive and effective learning attitudes. They enjoy challenging and extending their own learning and they collaborate well to enhance their learning. The Inspectors found that our “pupils are confident and articulate communicators, who listen well to advice and direction” and have “an active engagement in their own learning”. Our teachers show “a belief in the abilities of pupils, and pupils trust their teachers. Relations between the staff and pupils are very productive and positive”.

We have a full range of extra-curricular activities for your sons and daughters to participate in and a House system, which is led in the Senior School by our Sixth Form students with the support of their tutors. The curriculum has been carefully designed to meet the needs of all pupils, and we have a dedicated Learning Support Department that works closely with pupils, parents and staff.

Our tutor team provides your sons and daughters with outstanding pastoral care. Tutors see their group twice a day, tracking their progress and maintaining regular contact with parents. However, parents are always very welcome at Our Lady of Sion to visit a member of the Senior Leadership Team or myself.

I am extremely proud to be Headmaster and to be working with an outstanding team of staff and Governors.  I look forward to meeting with you; I am sure that you will also not only be impressed by our motivated and dedicated staff who care and want the best for their pupils, but also by the confident young people who attend Our Lady of Sion School.

To arrange a visit, please contact our Admissions Registrar, Mrs Sue Bond: admissions@sionschool.org.uk.

Dr Simon Orchard BSc (Hons)  PhD  PGCE
Headmaster