History and Alumni

There are some people who make a lasting positive contribution to their community. We are fortunate locally to have had one such person in Sarah Robinson.

Sarah was a member of the Society of Friends in Ifield more than one hundred and fifty years ago. In 1852 she set about raising money to establish the first school in the village of Crawley. She approached local businesses to sponsor this venture in order to ensure that the children of Crawley had elementary education. She had nothing personal to gain; she simply wanted to do good for her community. Through her resolute determination Sarah Robinson was successful.

1956: The new Sarah Robinson Secondary Modern School buildings opened on the Ifield campus in 1956 and shared the campus with the newly opened Ifield County Grammar school built in 1955.

1966: After the two schools worked closely together they amalgamated to become Ifield Comprehensive School.

1986: Ifield Comprehensive School was renamed to Ifield Community College(ICC).

2005: In September, doors opened to the new state of the art building relocated from St Margarets Road to Crawley Avenue site. Over the years there have been many Headteachers and a few changes of sites. The Headteacher, Mr Corbett who now leads ICC said “It is very humbling to think that our state of the art school buildings, housing over a thousand students, are directly descended from the work of a single individual who just wanted to make life better for the people around her”.

2016 ICC celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of amalgamation of the Modern Secondary school and Ifield County Grammar school. Keen to mark this anniversary annually, the inaugural Sarah Robinson Commemorative Sponsored Charity Walk took take place on 8th July 2016 with every student and staff member participating. Every year 2 charities are nominated to receive donations from the good cause. ICC would like students to recognise the power of doing something good for other people and the legacy this can have.

ICC also celebrated the anniversary by holding a cream tea and cake afternoon for current and past members of staff and students.


Calling All Former Students!

If you’re a former student of Ifield Community College we want to hear from you!

Your experiences since leaving could help to motivate and inspire our current students to feel more confident in making decisions about their future. We’d love you to join our alumni network and stay connected with the school/college.

We’ve partnered with the national education charity Future First, who specialise in helping schools/college like ours stay connected with their former students.

You can choose how and when you help – perhaps you could act as a career and education role model, provide work experience, become a mentor in person or online or help with donations, fundraising or even apply to become a governor!

It doesn’t matter when you left us, whether you’re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help and we would love to stay in touch.

In order to sign up, just follow this link and fill in the online form – it will only take a couple of minutes, we promise.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Where are they now?

We are trying to create a visual “Where are they now?” display to show the wide variety of pathways open to our current students. Could / Would anyone please supply:

  • A current photo of themselves
  • An ICC photo of themselves (optional but preferable)
  • A quote, “I used to go to ICC and now I . . .” (job role, educational pathway, etc.)
  • Any university students current or past? University, course title, dates studied?

We’ll send you a draft copy to approve before displaying obviously.

For further information, please contact Ms Coleman, Careers Advisor, lco@ifieldcc.co.uk.