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Old-fashioned virtues of shaking hands after matches and entertaining away teams are held in high regard (the school’s homemade Battenberg is much admired too). The rambling country house at the heart of the school is tucked away in 50 acres on the outskirts of Corfe Mullen and the site boasts everything a child could wish for – 17 acres of woodland to play in, two adventure playgrounds, a 17-ft tepee and a menagerie of guinea pigs...

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What the school says...

The headmaster at Castle Court, Richard Stevenson, is determined when he says: 'We have one childhood and it has to be the best; at Castle Court it is the key principle'.

Set in a truly idyllic 37 acre setting between Poole and Wimborne, the school has a well established and enviable academic record, but complements this with a strong musical and artistic tradition and excellent contacts with national sportsmen and coaches. Castle Court is highly committed to its 'Forest School' programme, making full use of its unique and adventurous surroundings. With these opportunities, each child has a breadth of experience and opportunity. Our aim is to allow every child to be an individual and thrive Richard Stevenson. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Acting Headmaster

Luke Gollings, deputy head, is holding the fort. He worked as a gap student here in his early 20s, and later teaching roles included housemaster at the Old Malt House School and at Monkton Prep. After a year as sales director in Central and South America, he returned to teaching as deputy head here. His wife, Kate, is an Old Castellan.

Entrance

Children visit with their parents prior to starting but no interviews or formal testing. The most common entry points are nursery, reception and year 3 (where there’s a three-form entry) but it’s worth trying in other years too. Some year groups are full so places further up the school may be harder to come by. Scholarships offered, plus some means-tested bursaries.

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Special Education Needs

Our hope is that all the children will be able to keep up with the general pace of academic life in the school, but we appreciate that, for some children to reach their full potential usually those with mild to moderate dyslexia or dyspraxia) a little extra support may be needed. An attractive purpose-built suite of rooms in a quiet part of the school provides a welcoming environment for those children with special needs. The department is well-equipped, including up-to-date computer software for pupils with mild learning difficulties. Four suitably qualified staff are able to deliver teaching programmes, generally on a one-to-one basis, tailored to meet the needs of the individual child. In the junior part of the school we also provide assistance in the classroom, either to individuals or to small groups, as the need arises. We have a full-time, fully qualified nurse in the school as our Matron, to administer any medicine or treatment and to take responsibility for particular needs. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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