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Welcome from the Head

I am incredibly honoured to lead the exceptional Castle Court Community into its 75th year, with the desire to develop more generations of engaging, fun, kind and successful Castellans. We are a co-educational rural school set in 60 acres, taking pupils from aged 3-13 on a magical Prep School journey.

We pride ourselves on cultivating a love of learning at Castle Court with a broad, challenging and forward-thinking curriculum that values understanding and skills as well as knowledge required for Castellans to prosper for the rest of their lives.

I am very proud of what our staff and pupils achieve, our results are fantastic and we cultivate a love of learning with outstanding levels of attainment (as shown in our ISI report). Each pupil is nurtured intellectually so that they are curious, with a deep capacity for critical thinking and problem solving.

We are academically ambitious for every child and our staff take great pride in knowing the pupils and what makes them thrive. We teach pupils how to think, not what to learn by allowing pupils to be themselves. Our 7C’s values (compassion, curious, creative, courteous, courageous, committed, collaborative) underpinned by our Christian ethos run through the very fabric of our school and only by meeting our staff and pupils will you see this. Our job is to shape character and we believe that small things matter. Manners, public speaking and resilience are critical to this character development.

We have the rural space for children to have a happy childhood, playing in the woods and taking advantage of our first-class facilities and exciting co-curricular programme. Our pupils are happy and safe, supported by an outstanding pastoral care team who ensure pupils make prep school friendships for life. The staff nurture your child’s unique gifts and talents each day, instilling in the pupils qualities of character that will stand the test of time. Castellans have a strong sense of self, they are given the tools to move successfully onto their senior schools and be proactive world citizens.

We all know that a website is just words, therefore come and start your Castle Court journey by visiting us.  I along with our dedicated staff look forward to welcoming you to our family of Castellans.

Andy Pilkington

 Head

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