Castledon is an all age school which has both Primary and Secondary sections. The Primary Department has classes at Key Stage 1 & 2, for pupils from Reception through to Year 6.
Pupils are taught through the National Curriculum at a level appropriate to their individual needs and age. Considerable emphasis is placed on the development of communication, social and independence skills. All pupils in the Primary Department are included in both Literacy & Numeracy Strategy activities, with homework set to an appropriate level, once a week in both subjects at key stage 2. Where appropriate in Year 2 and 6, SATS tests are sat.
The Secondary part of the school consists of Key Stage 3 pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9 and Key Stage 4 pupils in Years 10 & 11. Secondary aged pupils are taught in ability groups.
In Key Stage 3, again where appropriate, pupils will have the opportunity to sit their Key Stage 3 SATS. In Years 10 & 11, particular emphasis is placed on preparing students for independent adult life. All students have the opportunity to take part in two periods of Work Experience and are encouraged to take part in a community placement volunteering scheme. Together with participating in an adventurous and challenging outdoor activity, these enable students to obtain the highly respected “Project Trident Gold Award”.
Our students also work towards the nationally recognised ASDAN awards such as sports and fitness and Bronze/Silver Award. We also run a variety of entry level GCSE’s. For pupils where another course is appropriate, that we do not offer, and it is felt by parents and the school that a pupil would cope in a different setting, we have very good links with our local mainstream schools.