Castledon School

The Trust’s core aim is to ensure that we enhance the life chances of all the young people within the Trust to enable them to fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Our Achievements

Our Achievements


Our school has won several awards over the last few years including the Essex SEND Teacher of the Year award, the Educational Business Award for Environmental Practice, the Community Award, the Academy Partnership Award, and the SEN Provision Award. 



In September 2023, Castledon School is delighted to have been given the privileged position of becoming a

Music Mark School!


This has been an honor, showing our commitment to providing high quality music education within our school community




In July 2022 Castledon School achieved recognition through Optimus Educations Wellbeing Award. This award focuses on changing the long-term culture of the whole school. Using an evidence-based framework to drive change, it helps us deliver staff and pupil wellbeing, review our staff training, and helped us to revise our policies. Achieving this award ensures that mental health and wellbeing sit at the heart of our school life.


Castledon School holds the Optimus Leading Parental Partnership Award. This award is designed to help the school to work in partnership with all parents and carers. 

"The school have used the awards process as a tool to celebrate what they do well and to enhance the provision 

they have in place. They have used the framework as a tool to successfully address issues identified at their 2018 OFSTED."  

"The school’s commitment to effective parental engagement is deeply rooted in the school’s ethos and culture and is embraced by the leadership team. There is a clear desire to further expand provision and involvement of parents."
"The culture of seeing parents as equal partners and valuing their place as part of the school community guided the excellent support for parents and families."
Basildon Activity Award for
'Education Provider Of The Year' 2023

About the award -This is awarded to a school, early years or further education setting that gives its pupils a wide range of opportunities to participate in high-quality physical education and extra-curricular sport. They will help young people understand and embrace daily exercise as beneficial to their health and wellbeing at school and beyond the academic years.

Winners 2021


Castledon is integrated into the local and wider community and as such provides a meaningful student and community relationship, which is beneficial to all. In the last two years, the school has dedicated 144 working days to its local nature reserve

At Castledon School every child will be supported through the school wide Thrive approach. An initial assessment will enable class teachers to identify particular strands to work on, such as how to have different opinions without falling out or how to recognise when someone is unhappy or upset. These assessments can then be used to provide personalised programmes for classes, groups and individuals to ensure every student requires the support they need to develop these skills.
Find out more
There is lots more information on the Thrive website ( and also the
Thrive Community Facebook group: The Thrive Approach - supporting the community to weather the storm 


   The Thrive Approach provides those who work with children
and young people with the knowledge, skills and tools to optimise social and emotional
development. Thrive is committed to supporting and encouraging the development of confident,
curious, creative and capable children and young people who are open to learning and better
equipped to deal with life’s ups and downs.
Thrive is appropriate for all children from birth to adulthood, the Thrive Approach draws on the
latest research into brain science, child development theory and attachment theory.
It helps us to understand how the brain develops, and how parents, teachers and other
professionals can best support this development by providing the best experiences for the
children at each stage.

Castledon has held the Healthy Schools award for many years. Last year this award was reformed and the academy has
a commitment to ensuring it works with the local Healthy Schools engagement officer to monitor our provision in five key areas.