Castlethorpe First School in the Community

Castlethorpe First School is a small, rural village school in which we foster a warm family ethos, as summarised in our mission statement:

We provide a high standard of education where children enjoy a friendly and caring introduction to school life. We create a stimulating environment in which all children can develop onto well-motivated independent learners. They learn to take responsibility for themselves and demonstrate care and respect for all their community.

We have strong links within the village community. We also encourage the children and their parents to find out about and be involved in village life and the surrounding countryside.

The school is a Victorian building full of character and identity that has undergone a programme of modernisation to provide a bright and cheerful learning environment.

Because the school is small, each child gets to known every member of our school team very well. Each child’s progress is closely monitored to ensure an enjoyable learning experience with us. Children participate with ease in our small learning groups, which enables any learning difficulties to be recognised early and appropriate supportive action to be taken. Those children showing ability beyond their peers are encouraged to develop on an individual basis with work assignments that continue to stretch them – so they don’t get bored, they enjoy learning at their own level.

We have excellent relationships with the village playgroup and the nursery. We also work closely with Hanslope School to which most of our children transfer at the age of 7.

Hopefully this gives you all the information you need to choose Castlethorpe as the first school for your child. Even so, please do not hesitate to raise any queries you may have, through the school, with either Julie Baldwin or myself.

Michael Spyrou
Chairman of the Governors

Castlethorpe in black-and-white!