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Headteacher's Welcome:

I am delighted to report that the school is at an exciting time with our last Ofsted Report confirming the progress we have made over recent years. It states that Castle "is a welcoming school which is at the heart of the local community" and that "the school works relentlessly to encourage students to aspire to be the best they can". This demonstrates that all the hard work both staff and students continue to put in is making a real difference.

Nevertheless, we continue to work our hardest to reach our aim of being outstanding in every area. To this end we always strive to provide the highest standard of innovative teaching and learning and enhanced opportunities for all our students to ensure they achieve their potential. We are determined to become a centre of excellence and are constantly seeking to recruit and develop teachers of the highest calibre who are able to inspire our students to enjoy learning, to achieve high standards and to aspire to become lifelong learners. Our team of staff are committed professionals who are well respected and valued. The school has put a large amount of investment in recent years into providing training opportunities for all staff to give them the support to develop fully in their chosen role and beyond. The same principle is also in place to ensure all of our students achieve their best.

Our Student Voice team is a very active one which works hard to represent the views of all students in the school. It has made a real difference in the planning of our recent refurbishments and continues to have an important say in the selection of the staff we appoint.

We are continuing to drive the school forward, going from strength to strength. Extensive changes have taken place to many areas around the school and ever wider opportunities have been created for our students as they work through their years at Castle High School. As the Headteacher, I am personally very proud, privileged and excited to be driving these developments. They will support our shared vision for rapid success and will create experiences for all within and beyond the local community.

Castle High School is a rewarding, challenging and supportive school where we make a real difference to young people and invest in everyone associated with the school and the local community; it is a great place to be!

Michelle King

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