About our school

Castlewood Primary School was opened in 1997 and has 210 pupils on roll with single class entry in Years R-6, with slightly more boys than girls in the school.

Since the last inspection our school has slightly reduced in size as there was a mix of single age and some mixed age classes at that time. The PAN has been changed from 45 to 30 in agreement with County as a result of the number of pupils of primary age being reduced in Southwater.

Our school is IMD 1 and parent surveys and increased first choices tell us that it has a strong reputation in the community.

Most pupils live in the immediate vicinity of the school. There is high employment with strong economic well being and 34.5% of households were assessed in 2001 census as being high social class households. Our school population is fairly stable and pupil mobility relatively low.

We aim at all times to set high standards in teaching and learning and to provide children with a rich and exciting curriculum that enables all pupils to achieve and find enjoyment in their primary school career. The school has developed many strengths which have been recognised by national awards and recognised as a school of best practice in areas such as PE, Art, ICT, English and for the quality of our curriculum.

We are an inclusive school and aim at all times to provide the best education for every child and work closely with parents to inform you of progress and achievement in all aspects of your child’s school life. Our parents are involved in many areas of the school including fund raising, running the school’s fruit and vegetable scheme, taking part in the gardening club, and many others! The relationship between school and parents is one of the strengths of our school and is much valued by everyone.

We aim to encourage every child to work hard, to learn, work and play with others, to take pride in their own achievements and be proud of their school. Children are expected to behave in a responsible and cooperative way and we find that these expectations help children to have both a challenging and enjoyable time in school. Our children’s record of good behaviour is frequently commented upon both inside and outside the school.

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