The Old School
After serving for nearly 500 years as various schools, The Old School, as it is now known, was acquired by Holy Trinity in 1992 and since then has been operated by the Church as a parish and community centre.
The facilities in The Old School include three large halls – known as the Tudor, Jacobean and Victorian – fully fitted kitchens, meeting rooms and the Church Office. The Old School is used for Sunday’s Cool, youth work, coffee after 9:45am Sunday services and a wide variety of other Church activities. It is also used by the community as a nursery school, for Brownies, fitness classes, wedding receptions, children’s parties and many other meetings and activities.
For information about hiring facilities in The Old School, please contact The Old School Manager, Peter Groves. The Old School office (01444 456900) is open between 9:00am and 12:00noon, Monday to Friday.
Downloads available here:
The Old School brochure
2014 Hiring Fees
Views of the Tudor Hall set for a wedding celebration and luncheon.
Access Statement, which helps wheelchair users and others with limited mobility to know what to expect from our building and practices.
Extended Hours on Saturdays
For a limited number of Saturdays each year, The Old School can now be hired until 11:00pm, with a further 30 minutes for the organisers to clear up. This makes The Old School an attractive venue for wedding receptions and other family celebrations.
A Brief History of The Old School
Dating originally from the early 16th century with extensive additions in the 19th century, The Old School became vacant in 1992 when Holy Trinity C of E (Aided) Primary School moved to brand new premises elsewhere in the village. The Church acquired the building, which is adjacent to the Church itself, as a key part of its mission to reach out into the local community and to make Christ known.
The building has been extensively upgraded and refurbished to become a meeting place for both the local community and Church, where we are continually developing a growing range of teaching, social and pastoral care activities.
The refurbishment and restoration work revealed many previously unknown Tudor, perhaps even older, features which have now been carefully preserved for posterity. All this was made possible by the enormous local support for the refurbishment project, in the giving of time and talents as well as financial help.
The Old School was acquired with financial assistance from the Kleinwort Charitable Trust. Building improvements were funded by Church resources from the sale of property and some existing funds and legacies, supported by fund-raising events, a grant from Mid Sussex District Council and direct giving by both Church and community.