“I am always looking for new ways to create an environment where the pupils can grow and enjoy school more, thankfully I have some great staff to help me”

Polly Ross - Head Teacher

Welcome to Castle Lower School

Castle Lower School is a true community school in the heart of the vibrant Castle Ward where parents, pupils, staff, governors and the wider community work in partnership to create an enriching and stimulating environment in which pupils thrive.

Over the years, this partnership has created something very special. Parents, staff and pupils feel rightfully proud of Castle Lower, not only for its successive outstanding Ofsted rating, but for the supportive, nurturing and inspiring environment in which pupils grow into confident and successful individuals who are engaged in their learning and excited about their future.

If you are new to Castle Lower, these are some of the features we would want to emphasise:

  • Castle pupils are known, nurtured and celebrated as individuals.
  • They are engaged and stimulated within a truly immersive curriculum that endeavours to provide the best possible education for each child.
  • Within this curriculum, learning is personalised and pupils are encouraged to reflect on their successes and aspirations for the future.
  • Pupils at Castle lower are happy, lively and confident individuals.
  • Diversity is celebrated within a fully inclusive environment where pupils have an intrinsic empathy with fellow learners.


As a parent/carer there are many ways you can get involved with the school from volunteering to help within classrooms and school visits, to helping at events run by our amazing PTA you can find out more about the PTA on the school website or email PTAwillinghelpers@live.com

We value community. Castle Lower School works in collaboration with other local schools and governors have a vision for a future federation with Newnham Middle School and Hazeldene Lower School. This will allow pupils to have a seamless transition and outstanding experience throughout their future education – and provide parents with secure progression pathways for their children. Information on this proposal can be found in the Federation area of the website.

The school website offers you further information about Castle Lower School, whether you are a parent or a visitor. The website is updated regularly and information on the progress of school activities and future plans can be found here. We welcome visits should you wish to see the school in action. You can keep up to date via our newsletter in the News area of the website or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

Having lived in the Castle area for ten years, been a parent and, more recently, a member of staff within the school, I feel privileged to now be leading the school on the next stage of its journey.

Best wishes,
Mrs P Ross
Acting Headteacher
Castle Lower School