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The rambling country house at the heart of the school is tucked away in 60 acres on the outskirts of Corfe Mullen and the site boasts everything a child could wish for – 17 acres of woodland, two adventure playgrounds and a 17-ft tepee. The whole place has a Famous Five feel to it (indeed, Enid Blyton’s famous novels were inspired by her holidays at nearby Studland), with children encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors, pond-dipping, badger watching and...

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What the school says...

Set in a truly idyllic 50 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 becoming Head Luke Gollings has undertaken a review of the teaching and learning across the school and in 2020 the school 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 it has not only helped to ensure that our children are able to gain scholarships at their senior schools of choice, but it has also provided the resilience needed to help the children continue to learn and thrive, even the last few difficult years. To find out more, please put on your comfy shoes and come and explore our school
and the 50 acres of grounds, sports fields, and woodland.
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Since January 2019, Luke Gollings BA PGCE (40s), previously deputy and acting head. Educated in the state system in Cornwall, then moved to King Edward VI Aston School, a grammar school in Birmingham, for GCSEs and A levels. Studied history and sports science at the University of Liverpool, followed by a law conversion course at Bournemouth University and a PGCE at the University of Cambridge — ‘the best year of my life,’ he says. The eldest of a family of six boys, he naturally gravitated towards youth work and education but says,‘I didn’t want to just do what was expected of me so I tried law for a year but couldn’t see myself sitting in an office all day.’

When his family moved to Dorset he put an ad in the...

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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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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