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Castle Primary School
Newlands Road,, BS31 2TS, UK Keynsham
+44 (0)117 986 4489

Welcome to Castle Primary school’s website.

By visiting the pages of this site you will be able to see we are very proud of all the children in our school and of their achievements both in and beyond the classroom.

At Castle Primary School
We see learning and achievement as a rich and creative experience for every child. We believe that the arts, music and sport should have a high profile in daily activities. Our aim is to enable children to develop key life skills such as confidence, responsibility and teamwork. Above all we wish to give them a love of learning.



Our purpose is to offer a broad and balanced education of the highest quality in a happy, stimulating, secure and caring environment based on equal regard for each individual by:

*      Helping each child to develop a life-long love of learning and discovery.

*      Fostering self respect and independence in the children whilst building their confidence and sense of achievement.

*      Fostering links with the community, cluster schools, local churches and to maintain effective partnership with parents, the governing body and LEA.

*      Recognising and responding to the specific needs and abilities of individual children.

*      Creating an atmosphere where all staff feel valued and supported and in which appropriate training and resources ensure high quality teaching and learning.

*      Enjoy equal opportunities irrespective of gender, race or religion.

We intend to achieve these aims by:

*      Providing a balanced and broadly based curriculum incorporating the Early Learning Goals and the Notional Curriculum, effectively using appropriate resources and suitable learning programmes in order that all children may achieve their potential

*      Developing and maintaining procedures for assessing, monitoring, evaluating and recording the work of the school in order to achieve continuity, progression and consistency within and between Key Stages and Phases of education.

*      Enabling the children to work together in harmony to develop a sense of responsibility, mutual respect and tolerance.

*      Providing experiences which will promote children's social, cultural, moral and spiritual development.

*      Helping children to acquire skills, knowledge and understanding and the desire to use them.

*      Encouraging the development of children who are communicative, articulate and receptive to new ideas.

The aims of the school form the basis for the School Improvement Plan, remembering at all times that at the heart of the education process lies THE CHILD.

Castle Primary School is a forward- looking school that is committed to supporting the development of its people as lifelong learners.

Pupils will:

*      Develop their skills as independent, motivated lifelong learners who are able to respond and adapt to change in a technological society. Be encouraged to develop as positive participants in the world community and progress in their academic skills, subject knowledge and understanding.

*      Be supported and guided in order to develop trusting, caring and secure relationships within a learning culture and happy and safe school environment.

*      Be encouraged and guided in order to respond respectfully to all members of the school community and take responsibility for their actions and behaviour and thereby develop as responsible citizens.

Staff will:

*      Be given opportunities to develop their skills, be reflective and take responsibility for their professional and personal development by being motivated lifelong learners.

*      Be encouraged and, supported as members of a professional team that is committed to attaining high standards in all that we do within a culture of mutual respect and trust.

The spiritual, social, moral and cultural needs of the school and its community will be met.

Strategies and provision

We will:

*      Provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum, which is enriched and supported by a programme of extra curricular activities and visits.

*      Provide high quality teaching and learning opportunities which, are supported by relevant, up to date resources.

*      Operate a policy of inclusion and equality of opportunity for all.

*      Work in close partnership with parents, members of the wider community and support professionals through an open door policy and by providing regular and effective communication

*      Participate in, host and lead local events and embrace national initiatives.


Curriculum - Core Subjects

The children follow the National Literacy Strategy and are supported by a wide range of resources, which are matched to the needs of the children. The teaching staff aim to develop the children's literacy skills to the highest possible standard, through an exciting and stimulating programme. World Book Day is celebrated and Book Fairs are held regularly. A new library has been established so that the children have access to a wide range of reading materials.

We want the children to enjoy learning new skills in mathematics, through practical challenges and problem-solving as well as through more 'formal' numeracy lessons. They are expected to become confident and competent mathematicians, understanding how to use numbers in their everyday lives.

Within the science curriculum emphasis is placed on the teaching of scientific enquiry through the context of three study areas; life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. Science teaching encourages children to develop their problem solving skills.

Religious Education
RE teaching follows the BANES agreed syllabus. This aims to give children a wide understanding of Christianity and also other world religions. Parents may ask to withdraw their child from RE lessons for religious reasons. Children who are withdrawn will be given alternative work in another class for that session.

Information and Communications Technology
The school has a well-equipped ICT suite, with 17 multi media computers, each with internet access, for whole class lessons. Each class also has 2 computers. We use an internet filtering system so that children can only access appropriate websites. The children learn specific IT skills and use ICT to enhance learning in all other curriculum areas.

Keystage 1

Keystage 2



Extra Curricular Activities

 Click on the links above to see further information on each activity



Your child can only make the most of what this school has to offer if they attend regularly and punctually. Irregular attendance and lateness leads to pupils feeling out of touch with school life and being constantly behind in their schoolwork.  

Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life.

There will be occasions when your child is unable to attend school because of illness or other unavoidable causes. It is therefore vital that you, as parent, communicate with the school to inform them of the nature and expected duration of any absences. Please contact the school on the first morning of any absence, preferably before 9.30 am.  The school will then be able to decide whether or not the absence can be authorised.

It is important to understand why some children do not attend school.

·        Some children may be prevented from attending school.

·        Some children may wish to avoid school as it creates severe anxiety for them.

·        Some children may simply not want to go to school.

If you, as a family, are experiencing problems with school attendance, it is of vital importance for you to discuss the matter with staff at the school as soon as possible.  Everyone in school is there to help, support and advise.

Each year a number of parents contact the school regarding family holidays. Wherever possible, you should avoid taking holidays during school term time. This is even more important if your child should be taking exams or tests. Absence cannot be authorised for children in Years 2 or 6 during SATs.  You should not expect the school to agree to a family holiday during term time. The school will carefully consider your request and they will take your child’s attendance record into account. The school will not agree to your child missing more than a total of 10 school days for family holidays in any one school year, unless there is a very good reason. 

We would like to bring to your notice that, under the Education Act 1996; it is the duty of parent(s)/responsible adult(s) to ensure the regular attendance of their child in school.  This means that s/he must be in attendance, and on time, every time the school is open, unless s/he is prevented from doing so by reason of illness or any unavoidable cause. If parents take their children on holiday in term time and leave of absence has not been granted, the Local Education Authority may issue a Penalty Notice under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996. The Penalty Notice imposes a fine of up to £100 per parent per child. 

Local Education Authorities are charged in law with enforcing school attendance.  If you wish to obtain more information or advice please contact the Education Welfare Service at

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