Castle Donington College


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Mount Pleasant
Castle Donington
DE74 2LN
11 - 16
Academy - Converter mainstream
4 1 1 2 3 4
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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The school expanded to include pupils in Year 10 in September 2017 and Year 11 in September 2018. The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is considerably below the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is average. A very small number of pupils attend alternative, off-site provision at Derby College.

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Castle Donington College Reviews

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“Second to none”
"> As a parent of two children, one of which attended this school from 2008-2012, the other is currently attending, I feel that it is only right that I express my experiences of both my children with both current and potential parents. May I be very clear: this school has performed its academic challenges and delivered to both of my children. At times this has not always been an easy task. Whether it be due to academic ability or ill health but at every level imaginable this school and its staff have exceeded their "contracted" education levels and bent over backwards "out of contract" to provide over and beyond, in order to assist, resolve or genuinely help either child or me as a parent. In the case of my eldest, after infant school, Castle Donington became very much the foundation to her present success. She is now in further education at Loughborough and training to achieve her goal of future employment with Her Majesties Customs and Excise. My youngest is nearly three parts through her first year there and we can see her development excel creating a similar foundation. This is without doubt due to the genuine time taken by all the staff to ensure her wellbeing. In short, she is not just being helped to provide a statistical pass. If you were in any doubt about this school, I genuinely hope this assists you with any decision.
“Secondary Education”
"> Prefer the 11-16 system in Derby and surrounding areas. The system has been promised for a number of years here - it needs to happen. Loughborough schools are already offering 11-16 education.
“Positive impact”
"> My daughter left the college last year after spending 4 years there. She was there whilst there were management difficulties. Even during this time the staff remained professional and caring throughout. When the new Principle took over (only a few months before she was due to leave), he made a positive impact on her remaining time there, getting to know the year 9s before they left. My son now attends and loves it, the teachers and all the college has to offer. The pastoral care is second to none and I truly feel the staff know my children. Recently Mr Mitchley (Principle) told me what a pleasure my child is to be around, how well thought of he is by the staff and how well he is improving - that's what every parent wants to hear. A big shout out to Mrs Johnson who can never do enough, Mr Mitchley for being a very approachable Principle and the office staff who are always willing to help on the end of the phone.
“Positive review”
"> My son is in his second year at CDC and loves it. I have no complaints on his education or the school in general. The new head teacher is doing a great job to turn the school around after taking over. I'm sure when OFSTED revisit this year they will return to a 'good' school once again.
"> Not sure which school the people who made the negative comments above went to but it was definitely not CDCC! This is a fantastic, well resourced school, with high standard of teaching. Since the new principal has come in he has changed this school for the better, pushing the school forward in the right direction.
"> The Community College was rated as 'Good' before this, no longer the case
"> Ofsted do not rate this school now since a change of Principal. Go to a Loughborough School:)
"> Ofsted do not rate this school or the new principal
"> This was a wonderful school in 1998 - and for a number of years afterwards
"> My son moved here from Derby and loved the rugby and sports. Heard there is not so much now.
"> College has been there for over 50 years and is part of our village
"> The College has been mismanaged in the last year, what has happened?
"> A lovely school when I was there. Teachers could not do enough for pupils. My parents thought it was wonderful.
"> A really nice man that took the school forward.
"> My lads both did very well at the College
"> Give the new Principal a chance but I agree the school has gone down hill in the last 12 months. Shame because it used to be outstanding.
"> Yes, they were. My children did really well.
"> Mr Bayliss, Mr Ward, Mr Gohil and Mr Johnson were all fantastic
"> Yes, I agree. He was great for the College and would have achieved 11-16 status. Such a shame he retired.
"> The College was great in the day. They should never have let the former Principal leave. The College has gone down hill since Mr B left!
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