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Castor C E VC Primary School
Stocks Hill, Castor, PE5 7AY, UK Peterborough
Tel. 01733 380280, Fax: 01733 380280

Welcome to the Castor CE Primary School

Castor School is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England School in the village of Castor,very close to Peterborough. We are the local school for Castor and Ailsworth, as well as the nearby villages of Marholm, Upton and Sutton. The school is set in its own grounds in the centre of the village, close to St. Kyneburgha’s Church.

Within the Christian ethos of the school:
  • adults and children are welcomed and valued
  • children’s social and emotional well being is important
  • all staff are involved in pastoral care for all children

We aim to include all individuals as highly valued members of our diverse school community.

At Castor School we aim to help children become balanced, socially aware and caring people, with respect for others and a real sense of responsibility within their communities. Within a healthy and safe environment, we seek to provide children with a structure in which they can develop essential life skills.

The school has a strong commitment to high achievement, recognising that children have individual needs and will be successful in different ways.


Castor CE Primary School as it is today has only existed since 1956. Before that, there were two schools in the village. Castor Infants School was on the present site in the part of the school that is now our hall , and the Fitzwilliam School was in the building that is now the Village Hall.

Fitzwilliam SchoolThe Fitzwilliam School was founded in 1829 by the Earl Fitzwilliam and took the place of the original village school, which was held in the church vestry.

 The Fitzwilliam School around 1890

Old Fitzwilliam School Site
Site of the Old Fitzwilliam School
Original Infant School Site
Site of Original Infants School

Quote from an extract from a lecture delivered by Mr John Hales on Castor Past and Present on 28th April 1883.

"Where the present vestry now stands was held a day and Sunday School, at which I received a greater part of my earlier education. There was a door on the side near the chancel door for entrance from without and another on the inner side where the commandments now stand. These commandments were then placed in the school, between one of the arches. The schoolmaster used to enter the church by this door to ring the treble or smallest bell at nine o'clock, and at two, to call us scholars together. All the bells were then rung on the ground floor and were very dangerous. Our poor old clergyman once had an idea that he could ring one. There being the tenor raised for a funeral and the clerk being called away, he pulled it off and the consequence was it pulled his watch out of his pocket and smashed it on the slab floor and quite cured him of his mania"

Many people in the villages of Castor and Ailsworth remember Mr Albert Berridge, who was appointed headmaster of the Fitzwilliam School in 1944. He wrote an account of the history of the school.

Castor Infants School and the Fitzwilliam School were combined following an inspection report in 1954 that found that the premises of the Fitzwilliam School lacked many of the facilities expected by that time.

'There is no hall, staff room or store room, the artificial lighting is not good and the interior of the premises needs redecorating. Cloakroom and sanitary provision leave much to be desired, the washing facilities are particularly primitive, there being no sinks or tap water for the use of the children'

The comments on the education were more constructive!

'In class 2 the children are handled sympathetically by a mistress who is approaching retirement. She is interested in the pupils, knows them as individuals and has established a happy atmosphere in the classroom.'

The overall conclusion was that 'The school is a happy place where the pupils are friendly and ready to volunteer information on things which interest them.'

The new Castor Church of England Primary School was officially opened by the Countess Fitzwilliam on July 13th.

Log Book View the Log Book entry

In September 1956 there were 3 classes in the school:

Mr Berridge, Headmaster, took Class 1, with 25 children
Miss Bailey, Class 2, 29 children
Miss Hales, Class 3 (infants) 38 children, with Miss Hobbs as infant helper.

History of the school site

Castor is a well known and well documented Roman site. Two important roads, Ermine Street and King Street, met here, and Roman pottery known as Castor Ware was made locally. Much of the centre of the village is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the school is within this area.

Evidence of a considerable number of Roman buildings has been found in the area, including a palatial building on top of the hill just behind St Kyneburgha's Church. Part of the palace can still be seen on Stocks Hill.

It is thought that some of the buildings were on what is now the school site. This certainly makes studying the Romans more interesting!

Archaeologists have worked on the site at different times. The first major investigation was done in the early 19th century by Edmund Artis, who was agent to Earl Fitzwilliam of Milton Park. A drawing from this time shows excavations of a bath house below the church just where our school field is now.

In the last ten years, several excavations have taken place around the school, finding remains of walls, bricks and tiles.

Roman Remains:
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Over the last few years the school has been extended and modernised. A new library was added in 2002, followed by a new classroom and outdoor area for the Reception children in 2004. Our new school hall has just been completed, providing much needed space for PE and other activities.

Photo Library:
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Field Outside the Office School Today
School Today Playing Field Mobile


Chalkboard Our Classes section provides you with examples of our pupils work, our aims and details of homework assignments. Click on a Classes folder to see details of the classes in that year.
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Term Dates The school term dates for each year do vary from one year to the next. Term dates for the following year(s) can be viewed:    2006/2007     2007/2008     2008/2009  

School Year 2007/2008

Starts: Wednesday, 5th September 2007
Ends: Thursday, 20th December 2007
Half Term: 22nd - 26th October 2007
Starts: Monday, 7th January 2008
Ends: Wednesday, 19th March 2008
Half Term: 11th - 15th February
Starts: Wednesday, 9th April 2008
Ends: Wednesday, 23rd July 2008
Half Term: 26th - 30th May 2008
School Closed: Monday 5th May - May day


Our prospectus is presented in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. In order to read it, you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your PC. If you do not have a copy, you may download it by visiting the Adobe website.

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