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. 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. At Sion, we affirm our ongoing commitment to value diversity, a commitment which flows directly from the charism and welcoming tradition of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion. We value each young person, their families and our colleagues and joyfully serve one another through the nurturing of spiritual and academic development.   Born of diverse backgrounds and identities, we uphold first and foremost the dignity of each person. Our Founders, Theo and Alphonse Ratisbonne, call us to actively welcome and respect the individual differences of each individual we encounter. Cultivating this attitude is a lifelong process and is the essence of Sion education.

Whether you are considering Junior, Senior or Sixth Form, I would urge you and your son or daughter to visit our School. You will find it to be warm and friendly, where we aim to ensure all pupils flourish as happy and successful individuals. Our smaller class sizes, throughout the School, allow our staff to fully understand your son’s or daughter’s strengths and specific needs, and our 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 proud of how our students apply themselves to achieve great outcomes. There is a keenness to learn and discover.  We encourage this curiosity and want our young people to explore what truly matters in life.  Is it possible for an individual to have a significant and positive impact on this world?  Yes, of course.  Sion education provides that opportunity for our young people to discover their own visions and missions and to recognise the significance of spending each day in kindness and care of those we encounter.  Exam grades matter, and yet education is so much more than these. Our work in supporting the whole child was endorsed through ISA’s recognition of our pastoral care, presenting us with their national award for Excellence and Innovation in Mental Health and Wellbeing.

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”. 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 most recent ISI inspection 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 each child 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 regularly throughout each term.

We have a full range of extra-curricular activities and a thriving House system, which is led in the Senior School by our Sixth Form students with the support of their tutors. 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 Acting Head for this academic year 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, kind and well-mannered young people who attend Our Lady of Sion School.  This is a family, and I am very proud to spend my working life looking after it and ensuring that we are always offering an outstanding and enviable education for our students.

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

Steven Jeffery

BA (Hons) PGCE

Headmaster