The Castle School

Name The Castle School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 04 June 2009
Address Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 5AU
Phone Number 01823274073
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1188 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Academy Sponsor The Castle Partnership Trust
Local Authority Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 8.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.1%
Persisitent Absence 8.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Description of the school

This large comprehensive school has its first specialist status subject in sports and as a High Performing Specialist School, gained a second specialism in Applied Learning in 2008. The school has recently been granted permission to develop post-16 provision for sports courses from 2010. The proportion of students from backgrounds other than White British is very low, as is the number with native languages other than English. The local authority acknowledges that local policy differs from most others nationally, so the relatively low proportion of students recorded as having higher levels of learning difficulty and/or disabilities does not reflect the real picture of additional educational needs within the school. Awards held by the school include the Chartermark and the Investors in People award. Key for inspection grades Grade 1 Outstanding Grade 2 Good Grade 3 Satisfactory Grade 4 Inadequate