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Year 8s were busy self-assessing their chemical equations and year 6 were having a round table discussion in the hub about Plato’s cave. Teaching of core skills is robust. The school’s grounds are unrivalled locally and if that wasn’t enough, it’s only 15 minutes from the Jurassic Coast, of which they make full use. According to one parent, ‘The small size of the school does mean match selections is tricker, but you can’t have it all. Maybe it’s made up for by the phenomenal...

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What the school says...

Set in a truly idyllic 60 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. Since 2020 the school has adopted the Pre Senior Baccalaureate (PSB) programme.
At its heart, the Pre-Senior Baccalaureate has a knowledge rich, academically robust curriculum where subjects are taught using nationally agreed and moderated subject strands. However, there is an equal emphasis on nurturing the core learning attributes for life: thinking and learning, reviewing and improving, collaboration, communication, independence and leadership. This approach - based on substantiated educational research and increasingly demanded by senior schools - is at the heart of the education provided at Castle Court. This approach has helped ensure that over recent years our children have not only been able to gain scholarships at their senior schools of choice, but it has also provided the children with the resilience needed to help them navigate an ever changing and challenging world. To find out more, please put on your comfy shoes and come and explore our school and the 60 acres of grounds, sports fields, and woodland.
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Acting head

Since February 2024, Katie Johnson, acting head. Joined the school in 2016, progressing from director of studies to deputy head. Previously deputy head and DSL at Allenbourn Middle School. Studied theology at Exeter, then worked in state secondary and middle schools. She has presented at national conferences on RE and has worked for a government agency, creating guidance on assessment and curriculum. For 10 years, she worked for Dorset County Council as a consultant advising headteachers and leadership teams on whole school priorities, as well as offering support and training to schools across Dorset.


Usual entry points at nursery, reception, years 3 and 7 but places in other year groups are usually available. No formal assessment for entry but children attend a taster day prior to joining. Any SEN issues are discussed at registration...

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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.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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