Castle Academy

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About Castle Academy

Name Castle Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Miss Claire Blagden
Address Station Road, Conisbrough, Doncaster, DN12 3DB
Phone Number 01709513010
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 160
Local Authority Doncaster
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The new principal and assistant headteacher are inspirational leaders.

They have inspired the staff and made rapid improvements that have had a significant impact on the quality of education. They have introduced significant improvements with energy and determination. There have been substantial improvements in the ethos and culture of the school.

Staff, pupils and parents say that pupils' behaviour has significantly improved. As a result, the school is now a calmer and more productive learning environment. All leaders, teachers and teaching assistants have benefited greatly from high-quality training and support.

As a result, al...l aspects of the school's work are good and improving. Determined leadership has brought about significant improvement in the majority of teaching, which is now good. Teachers plan learning well to build on pupils' prior skills and knowledge.

However, in a minority of classes, assessment information is not used well and expectations, especially of the most able, are variable. The school provides strong support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and disadvantaged pupils. The assistant headteacher ensures she has a comprehensive overview of the interventions and support put in place to support pupils.

Consequently, these pupils make strong progress from their starting points. Provision for pupils' spiritual, moral and social development is strong. It contributes effectively to their personal development and preparation for adult life.

Pupils feel safe and secure because they know that adults in the school care for them and are ready to help them. Pupils learn how to keep safe in different situations. Children make a strong start in the early years.

Most leave Reception well prepared for Year 1. The multi-academy trust provides effective support and development, which has enabled the school to improve. Board members are also well equipped to provide effective challenge and support.

While there have been improvements in attendance, persistent absence remains higher than the national average for disadvantaged pupils.

Information about this school

The school joined Astrea Academy Trust in June 2016. Since then, there have been several principals.

The current principal has been in post since April 2018. The school is a smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average.

The proportion of pupils with SEND is around the national average. Over the past year, the school has had high levels of mobility, with increased numbers of vulnerable pupils entering the school. The school runs a breakfast club.

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