Welcome to Castlefort Junior Mixed and Infant School.
A message from the Headteacher…
Castlefort offers a warm, welcoming, caring and secure environment in which everyone feels valued. We aim to provide high quality teaching and learning experiences for all pupils resulting in excellent standards of pupil attainment and achievement. The curriculum is broad, rich, challenging and exciting but recognises that literacy and numeracy are the vital building blocks on which children succeed. We want our pupils to be confident to use a wide range of learning strategies aiming to ‘be the best they can be’. They are encouraged to take pride in their achievements and have a positive sense of belonging to a school which aims for both individual and collective excellence in all aspects of school life. Castlefort is highly regarded within the local community having forged strong links between staff, parents, governors, the local and wider community, all having a valuable role to play in the education of the children.
Both academic achievement and personal development are valued here at Castlefort. We regularly monitor our teaching and learning to ensure that it remains of a very high standard. We also provide pupils with a wide range of extra-curricular activities and off-site educational visits as we believe these provide valuable enrichment to the curriculum. Through our PSHE and Citizenship curriculum, we aim to ensure that our pupils develop into well-behaved, confident, independent and caring young people who have pride in themselves and in their school.
We promote British values set out by the Government’s 2011 Prevent Strategy. The core values are:
Democracy - all children in our school have a ‘voice’. Everyone is heard and listened to. School Council Representatives and House Captains help to ensure that our views and ideas are shared with teachers.
The rule of law - our school rules help to keep everyone safe.
Individual liberty - we have the freedom to make lots of choices during the school day. We can choose how we learn best, what games we want to play, which clubs we want to join and much more!
Mutual respect - we always treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves. Kind and thoughtful behaviour, attitude to learning and achievement are all recognised and rewarded in our school.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs - we enjoy learning about each other’s faiths and cultures and know that it’s important to show respect for different beliefs.
At Castlefort, we value a strong home/school partnership. Parents are encouraged to support their child/children with homework activities and are invited to attend termly consultation evenings which provide an opportunity to discuss pupils’ progress and targets. We welcome ideas and suggestions from parents/carers as to how our school can be further improved. The weekly newsletter keeps everyone up-to-date with events both in and out of our school. Our active ‘Friends of Castlefort’ group meets regularly and welcomes ‘new faces’ to discuss and share ideas and support towards latest fundraising ventures. In addition, parents/carers are always welcome to telephone, or pop in to school and see staff if they have any concerns.
I look forward to welcoming you and your child and wish you a long and happy time at Castlefort. If you have any questions following your reading of the website or our prospectus, please do not hesitate to contact me.