I am delighted to have been appointed Headteacher at The Castle School and am hugely proud of our school and the achievements of our students, in particular the within the Arts, Music and Sports. At The Castle School, we value strong positive relationships and this makes the school such a vibrant and lively place to work. When the pandemic restrictions are lifted, I would encourage you to visit, so you can see the school in action and meet our wonderful students. This will give you the opportunity to imagine your child here and see that this is the right school for you and your family.
The history and tradition of The Castle School is what makes it such a privilege to be part of this family. Our aim continues to be for every child to achieve, belong and participate and this is at the heart of everything we do at The Castle School. Rated as Outstanding by Ofsted, we have been for some years now not only at the top of the performance table in Somerset but in the top 5% of schools nationally for academic achievements. You can see our latest exam results on our website.
We believe that education should empower young people, giving them the knowledge to make sense of the world and grow into citizens who make a difference. This must be supported by a curriculum that gives students the power to think for themselves, shaped by what they need to know, understand and fulfil, in order to have happy, successful and prosperous lives.
We are currently limiting visitors to the school due to the COVID pandemic but should you feel that The Castle School is the right school for your child, please click the link here for our open day virtual tour. We look forward to your family being part of our success and hope we will be able to welcome visitors to the school in the near future.
As parents/carers and students, you know how seriously we take student safety and welfare. There is concern nationally relating to a culture of misogyny and sexual harassment in many schools and the DfE and Ofsted are reviewing school procedures. We would like to think that students would come to us but understand that may not always be the case. The government has set up a helpline for anyone wishing to report abuse or seek support - the number is 0800 136 663, on Monday to Friday 8am - 10pm, or 9am - 6pm at weekends. Or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If your concern is urgent, you should consider contacting the emergency services or the Children's Social Care duty team on 03001232224.
At The Castle School we recognise that keeping our students safe and promoting their well-being is of paramount importance and it scaffolds all we do as a school. If you have any concerns at all, please contact our safeguarding lead, Jamie Wordsworth, during term time. Please also see below a list of useful numbers:
Useful contact numbers:
Somerset Direct: 0300 123 2224
The Local Authority Designated Officer: Anthony Goble - 0300 123 2224
This year our school are working with the SHARE Project. The SHARE Project have been commissioned to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of our young people in Secondary and Middle Schools in Somerset. The SHARE Project want to change to break down the stigma around mental health, and by helping our young people become more resilient so they are better equipped to understand and manage their emotions and behaviour.
SHARE will do this by involving everyone in schools – teaching professionals, young people and parents, volunteers and support staff – and provide them the tools and resources to help recognise, manage and sustain good mental health and emotional well-being.