Castle School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
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SA67 8HB
2 - 19
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School Description

Castle School is a co-educational independent day school for boys and girls from 3 to 16 years of age. It is situated at Sodston Manor, a converted Grade II listed building just outside Narberth in Pembrokeshire. The school was founded in 2009 by its current proprietor. There are currently 137 pupils in the school. There is little difference in the total number of boys and girls although the balance varies considerably in certain class groups across the school. The school has a wide catchment area that includes Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. Around 5% of pupils come from minority-ethnic groups. All pupils speak English fluently. A very few pupils speak Welsh as a first language at home. The school does not aim to make pupils bilingual in English and Welsh although a very few learn Welsh as a second language. The school offers additional learning support to about 10% of its pupils. Most of these pupils have general learning difficulties. A very few pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school’s admissions policy is to accept pupils where it considers it can meet their educational needs appropriately. The school has undergone considerable developments since the last inspection. In 2016, the school opened a preparatory school at Cresselly for pupils from the age of 3 to 11 years. The preparatory school was relocated in November 2017 from Cresselly to the main school site at Sodston Manor. Access to five acres of mixed woodland, meadows and streams at the nearby outdoor school provides opportunities for pupils to learn in a natural setting with an emphasis on discovery and promoting teamwork, communication and responsibility. Both the headteacher and the head of the preparatory school have been in post since September 2018. The school’s proprietor is a director of the school with primary responsibility for the estates and recruitment. The leadership team also includes the bursar and the director of outdoor studies, who also has overall responsibility for pupils’ pastoral care. The school was last inspected in October 2014.

Castle School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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