Aims and Ethos
At Castle House Education strives to help children understand their own unique talents and motivate their passions through a creative, comprehensive and challenging curriculum. This is delivered in a nurturing and stimulating environment to enable children to start their journey to becoming inspired, compassionate and fulfilled citizens
- To provide an innovative and extensive curriculum that fosters a love of learning and provides a sense of fulfilment and joy.
- To incorporate a wide range of experiential and hands on learning opportunities for children both inside and outside the classroom.
- To inspire children to be adventurous, passionate, brave and committed towards their learning and projects
- To help children develop a sense of identity and understanding of their own unique self
- To develop skills of compassion, communication and collaboration in order to become happy and active citizens
- To encourage warm, loving and Christian values centred in the core Castle House belief that ‘Kindness Counts’
- To develop exceptionally strong and positive relationships with parents, extended family and the wider community in order to establish a strong family atmosphere, a ‘home away from home’.
The Castle House Way – Our Ethos
- Treat other people as you would be treated
- Listen to each other
- Be honest and live with integrity
- Be kind
- Be helpful
- Do your best to be your best
We can all choose to live by these values.
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Main School – Fees Per Term
From September 2020
Kindergarten – £2650
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) – £2860
Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) – £3125
Sibling Discount – 10% for the 2nd child, 15% for the 3rd and any subsequent child
Individual music lessons with the peripatetic music teachers are payable extras. The charges for these will be itemised as an extra item on the school fees bill and are payable in advance with the fees. A half-term’s notice of intention to stop lessons is required.
From time to time, we ask for small sums to cover the costs of outings, theatre visits, special activities, eg skiing (seniors only) etc.
“After-school” clubs, with the exception of those provided by outside agencies are included in the fees, as is after-school care (Prep-and-Play) up to 5.00 pm, after which a small charge will be made for pick ups between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm.
School fees are payable before the first day of each term. We reserve the right to charge interest, at 2% per month, for late payment.
In the event of the withdrawal of a child, notice in writing of one full term, in the absence of which the full fees for the following term must be paid (payment in lieu of notice), is required. Notice can be given at any time prior to the start date of the term to which the notice relates. The School reserves the right at their absolute discretion to charge and recover the full fees payable. There is no reduction or remission of fees for absence through illness or any other cause, but an insurance fee remission scheme is obtainable from some specialist education brokers.
A Registration Fee of £50 per child is payable with the registration form and is refundable only if a place is not offered by the School. Once a place is offered, the acceptance form should be returned to the school as soon as possible together with a deposit of £200 per child. The deposit is refundable when the child(ren) leave the school, less any deductions for any payments outstanding. In the event that a child does not join the school after a place has been accepted, the deposit will be retained by the school.
There is a scheme of means-tested bursaries to assist with fees at Castle House School, for those who could not otherwise afford them. Applicants will be asked to complete a confidential statement of their financial situation supported by detailed evidence. An Awards Committee will assess each application on its merits and may offer a bursary. Bursaries awarded will be on a sliding scale according to household income and will be reviewed annually. A parental contribution will be required from all recipients. The school retains full discretion over admissions.
Employers’ Childcare Voucher Scheme
We are pleased to accept payment for Holiday Care and Nursery in the form of childcare vouchers issued by an employer provided that the payment of the voucher value is made by BACS transfer. A proportion of school fees which represents After-School Clubs and Prep-and-Play (PPP) can also be covered by childcare vouchers. If you require more information about this scheme please enquire at the school office.
Daycare 8.00 am to 6.00 pm and Prep-and-Play from 3.50 pm to 6.00 pm
Children may arrive at school at 8.00 am. They will be supervised by suitably qualified staff until they are allowed to go to their classroom when the teaching staff come on duty at 8.25 am. There is no charge for this service.
Leaver Destinations and Successes 2018/2019
Of our 19 Year 6 leavers 9 gained scholarships or passed entrance examinations to Public, Independent or State Grammar Schools, including:
Newport Girls High School
Adams Grammar School
Stafford Grammar School
Adcote School for Girls
Other destinations – high performing maintained schools:
The Thomas Adams School
The Burton Borough School
Holy Trinity Academy
LAMDA and Trinity teacher Mrs Jane Syder prepares the children from Year 1 to Year 6 for examinations in Verse & Prose, Solo and Duo Acting. Accredited by Ofqual, the Level 3 - Grades 6-8, gain valuable UCAS points. Recent examination successes taken at our Castle House Private LAMDA Examination Centre include many Distinctions at Grade 4 and 5. Pupils can also be guided for drama scholarship applications relevant for Secondary school.
The 1-2-1, 1-2-2 or Group lessons build on Communication Skills, Speaking and Listening, but most importantly, they develop empathy, understanding and confidence.
The school choir is inclusive of all children in years 3 to 6 and is an important part of the school week. The choir has sung at various events both at school and in the wider community providing confident and enthusiastic performances. We will again be joining with other groups in Newport to take part in the Civic Carol Service on 1st December where our choir will be singing.
We have a great number of children taking instrumental lessons in a variety of instruments. Some exam results from the last year include ABRSM Grade 1 in piano ( two pupils achieving merits), Grade 2 passes in piano, Grade 1 singing with merit, Grade 3 singing with merit, Rock School Grade 5 singing with merit, ABRSM Grade 1 pass in violin and Grade 2 passes in violin, including one with merit. Children have the opportunity to perform at various times of the year and anyone, from those just beginning to those taking exams, is invited to perform in our termly informal concerts.
A whole School production of ‘Pantastic’ showcased the children’s developing skills in drama, dance and singing. This was a performance where everyone, from the children in Kindergarten right through to Year 6, had an important and integral part to play. The performances of the pupils were outstanding with many opportunities for solo singing and where they demonstrated superb acting skills. We are currently working towards our Christmas performances and the staging of ‘Bah Humbug’ by years 3 to 6, ‘The Little Fir Tree’ by KG to year 2 and ‘The Gigantic Star’ by our nursery children.
After Castle House – what next?
Castle House gives a thoroughly good grounding and preparation for whichever senior school a child will move to.
Able children who work hard and who receive a Castle House education have a very good chance of passing the entrance exams to Adams’ Grammar School or Newport High School. It should be borne in mind that these schools offer a very academic curriculum, are highly competitive to enter and are not necessarily suitable for all children. They require the very highest level of academic ability. We help to prepare the children in Year 6 thoroughly for these examinations, with our 11+ club starting in Year 4, but we cannot guarantee the outcome. It is, after all, in the hands of the children on the day of the test.
Newport is blessed in also having an excellent local comprehensive school, The Burton Borough School.
Its top stream is grammar equivalent which it proves by its examination results. It has a purpose-built Arts and Music Centre and a strong pastoral care system.
Alternatively, there are some very good independent schools in the area. In recent years, some of our pupils have gone on to the independent Stafford Grammar School, for which we have an excellent record of entry passes and scholarship offers. Other pupils opt for Wrekin College, Wellington, Shrewsbury High School for Girls, Wolverhampton High School, Wolverhampton Grammar School, Ellesmere College, and Adcote School.
For those looking further afield some of our pupils have achieved success in entrance examinations to Winchester School and to Cheltenham Ladies College.
The headteacher and teachers give guidance and advice to parents who need it. The choice has to be made by the parents and the child and therefore parents are strongly advised to visit the senior schools to see for themselves what they are like.
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Members of the Trust
Mrs Margaret A Jones, Mr Michael M V Taylor, Mr Malcolm Widdows, Rev Canon John R Williams
The current Governors are very committed to the forward development of the school and seek to make continuous improvement.
Castle House School Trust Ltd is a non-profit making charity, set up to purchase the school in 1980 from the founder Miss Pitchford.
The members of the Trust are professional and business people drawn from the locality, many with a connection with the school either as parent or pupil at some time.
Up to twelve of the members are Governors of the school.
The Governing Body has a broad cross-section of skills, knowledge and professional experience. It includes current parents. The Governors serve for four years after which they can be re-elected at the Trust’s AGM.
The Trust’s accounts are audited each year and presented to the Charities Commission.
The Trust seeks to reinvest any surplus monies for the benefit of the school.
The Governing Body has four main meetings a year.
Its F&GP (Finance and General Purposes) Committee and its Development Committee meet between full Governors’ meetings. There are other committees which meet as required.
The current governors are very committed to the forward development of the school and seek to make continuous improvement.
Castle House School Trust Limited is a company limited by guarantee. It is a registered charity, number 510515.
The Old Castilians Association is for former pupils and their parents.
Life membership is free: please send your email address, with your name, dates at CHS, and home address to: email@example.com. From time-to-time a mailing will keep members in touch with each other and with the school’s news. Sometimes special reunion events are arranged.
Parent of current Year 4 Pupil and sibling who has now completed Year 6 and moved to Senior School
We moved our children to Castle House part way through a school year and I was delighted how quickly they settled in.
My daughter was struggling with very low confidence levels and the support from her teachers has resulted in her moving to High School brimming with confidence and ready for the next challenge. She changed from a child who hated maths to it being her favourite subject!
My son loves forest school and weekly swimming, he’s progressed fantastically since joining and we have been so pleased to review his learning post lockdown and find he is still at a very high level, reflecting the excellent levels of teaching provided via Microsoft Teams.
Parent of boy currently in Year 1
x has been at Castle House since nursery. This has given him a brilliant start to school life, so the transition to Kindergarten was effortless. All the children are so polite and our son has come on in leaps and bounds. The school grounds are beautiful, staff are very supportive and nurturing and want the best for each and every child and work to their specific needs. We are looking forward to our son progressing furthermore in this excellent school.
Parent of boy in Year 5 who joined the school during lockdown last Summer
Our son had become so disengaged with learning at his previous school. He just wasn’t getting the stimulation and engagement needed to allow him to thrive. It was affecting his mood and general happiness and every day felt like a constant battle to get him to engage in anything at all. Since starting at Castle House he has totally changed. He has loved every day at school and it is fantastic seeing him back eager to learn. To have some breadth of curriculum again in terms of PE, music and forest school has also been fantastic and done wonders for him. Learning really has been brought back to life for him and to see your child responding so positively and really enjoying learning is just brilliant. Thank you to you and all the staff for all that you have done and helping him settle so easily.
Parent of current Year 5 pupil with two older siblings who have now moved on to Senior School
Our three children have all thrived at Castle House School. All three are very different but all were nurtured, encouraged and motivated by the teachers and staff to be the best that they could be. They all loved the small and family feel environment of the school and took advantage of the sport, school trips, clubs and additional lessons that were available. Castle House School is a fantastic place for children to grow in confidence in their academic and personal education.
Parent of pupil who has now moved on to Senior School
Our son joined Castle House in Year 2. As a quiet and shy boy who was young for his year, we had been worried about how he would settle into a new school, but the calm and welcoming atmosphere and smaller classes meant that he soon grew in confidence. That increased confidence and happiness at school led to a huge improvement in his academic work, and we were so pleased when he comfortably passed his 11+ exam and was awarded a place at Haberdashers Adams. He has really enjoyed the opportunity to try all the extra-curricular activities available both during the school day and as after school clubs (although we did laugh the day he brought a cello home!), and has developed a previously unknown love and talent for art. As parents, we have particularly enjoyed seeing how the children interact across the year groups, with the older children looking out for the smaller ones, and those smaller ones feeling happy and confident playing with the ‘big ones’. We have always believed that children learn best when they are happy, and we have certainly found that at Castle House.
Parent of pupil currently in Year 5
‘Our son started at Castle House last year, in Year 4. He has greatly benefitted from the warm and nurturing environment it provides and is a happy child.’
Parent of children currently in Year 3 and Year 1
Since being at Castle House, both my children absolutely love school. I also believe their confidence has grown significantly over the last 12 months. I really like the Castle House approach to schooling and teaching and the most important thing for me is that the children are happy! And they certainly are!
Recommend a Friend
When a new child joins and pays a registration fee for a place in Castle House School (KG to Year 6) and this new child can be directly attributed to you as a friend, and that you recommended them we will treat you (and your partner / friend) and the parent (and their partner / friend) to a meal for four adults at any local restaurant to a value of up to £100
Terms and Conditions
- This offer is only applicable to new children joining the school from 10th October onwards
- The new family must have paid the £200 registration fee for a place in Castle House Preparatory School from KG and above
- This is only applicable to the first child joining from any new family and not any subsequent siblings
- Castle House School will cover the bill, for one sitting only for four adults up to a maximum of £100 (a maximum of £25 per head) at a restaurant in the vicinity of Newport. Children’s meals are not applicable to this offer.
- Four adults refers to two adults from the ‘recommending’ family and two adults from the ‘new joining’ family only.
- The Headteacher must consent in writing to this incentive being redeemed before the meal takes place and should be contacted for approval at firstname.lastname@example.org