Our school motto is ‘learn to live’ and our sixth form motto is ‘unlocking potential for adulthood’
We provide a personalised approach to learning, supporting each pupil by providing an extensive range of programmes and interventions both on and off site alongside smaller classes. Whilst all pupils need to be able to access their learning without the support of an adult, the pupils are given resources and equipped with the strategies they need to support the vision that all pupils will be given the skills for independent living and employment in adulthood.
Our aim is to create a culture of:
- Compassion and kindness
- Connection and belonging
- Achievement and recognition
Staff, parents and students helped devise the Castledon Code which encourages all within our community to:
- Be safe – we take care of ourselves
- Be kind – we take care of others
- Be responsible – we make good choices
We are very proud of our school and sixth form, with a dedicated team that helps meet the differing needs of every young person at Castledon. As an academy, we offer provision to pupils from year 1 to year 14. All pupils require an EHC plan to be offered a place at Castledon. Pupils attend with a wide range of complex needs, these include autism and communication difficulties.
We believe that each and every one of our pupils deserves a package of support that is tailored to their individual needs and aptitudes. To this end we employ therapists to work with our staff on developing programmes to assist our pupils with their communication skills, sensory needs and self-confidence. To support our pupil’s development, we believe that our curriculum needs to be as real life and practical as possible giving pupils many off site experiences. We offer courses from entry level through to level 1 and 2 qualifications with our most able pupils accessing an area of their curriculum at a local mainstream school. From year 7 some of our pupils’ access outside provisions to help tailor their learning and give them exposure to areas of aptitude and interest e.g. Rally Motor Sports.
Through strong partnerships with parents and collaboration with a range of other agencies, the school offers a caring and friendly learning environment in which pupils make excellent progress. We place great importance in the partnership between school and home as we believe that it is vital to have an open, honest and mutually supportive relationship with parents and carers to achieve what is best for our young people.
We are a forward thinking school that is always responsive to changing needs. As such from September 2017 Castledon extended its age range from 16 to 19 years old by establishing Castledon sixth form.
If you are a prospective parent we would love to welcome you to a parent presentation, these are held throughout the year to meet myself and find out more about what we offer and can be booked by calling reception.