The Castle School
Somerset, United Kingdom
About The Castle School
Situated in Taunton, the historic county town of Somerset, The Castle School is an outstanding and over-subscribed academy with an enviable record of academic success over many years. Our students achieve some of the best exam results in the UK and we continue to achieve the top attendance rate in Somerset. We are equally proud of the varied and vibrant extra-curricular life of our school which enriches the experience of our students.
The enhancement of the school's reputation has inevitably led to growth in student numbers and it is a very busy and lively place. It is even more important therefore, never to lose sight of the individuality of each student and the Houses, Lancaster, Balmoral, Sandringham, Caernarvon, Windsor and Buckingham, play an important part is ensuring that no child is invisible at The Castle School. The Houses give students a strong sense of inclusion and a confidence which helps them to meet the challenges of the wider world when they leave us. Many of our students join the House that their siblings belong to and this strengthens the strong sense of family and tradition that we engender at the school.
Our belief is that every child should Achieve, Belong and Participate, and that staff should be supported to fulfil their potential and aspirations, whatever those might be.
We invest heavily in our staff and have a superb reputation for outstanding support and development for teachers, particularly for NQTs. Whatever stage you are at now, whether you are focused on your classroom practice or if you are looking to further your career, we have a superb CPD programme for everyone through our Teaching School.
Values and vision
The most important thing for our children is their safety. We foster a culture of vigilance amongst staff, students and parents. We always listen to children and take their concerns seriously. The Castle Partnership Trust is committed to safeguarding and all staff have a duty of care towards our young people. All complaints and concerns are fully investigated. Please note that for posts working with children the successful candidate will be required to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks in line with the Local Authority and School Child Safeguarding Policy.
The Castle School prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and the close relationship between staff and students. A family ethos is fostered here, in the belief that a school should be open at all times to scrutiny by parents of current and future students.
The Castle Sports Centre is a lively hub for both the school and the local community. On campus, extensive facilities support many students to compete at regional and national level in a huge range of sports. In Year 8, the Young Leaders organise the Sports Festival for the new Year 7s who will join the school the following September.
“Teaching is outstanding, better than the school’s relatively modest judgement. This is because the highly positive impact on students’ learning has increased markedly this year, as the full effect of initiatives to involve students more effectively in the teaching and learning process has become evident. Teachers are very confident, prepared to take innovative risk in their teaching.”