Castle Wood School

Transforming the lives of pupils through learning, innovation, inclusion and partnerships

Outstanding teaching is characterised by lively creative and imaginative learning (Ofsted 2015). Parents are well supported by the school and partnership working between home and school is very strong (Ofsted 2015). Pupils individual needs are met very effectively by diligent staff and exciting activities (Ofsted 2015). Senior leaders and governors have created a positive learning climate enabling pupils to thrive (Ofsted 2015). Pupils are enthusiastic learners (Ofsted 2015). Lessons are typified by a wide range of creative stimulating and interesting activities for pupils (Ofsted 2015). Parents are well supported by the school, and partnership working between home and school is very strong Parents hold the school in high regard (Ofsted 2015).

Teaching School

Castle Wood School and Sherbourne Fields School have been selected to become National Teaching Schools in a joint application.

On being awarded Teaching School Status, Yvonne  McCall and Shivaun Duffy Moriarty said “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Teaching School Status. Becoming a Teaching School not only recognises the skills of our staff, our innovative practice and our commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues it also allows us the opportunity to continue to shape professional development opportunities whilst enhancing teaching and  learning for all pupils. This is an exciting journey for both Sherbourne Fields School and Castle Wood School and we are once again we are very proud of this fantastic achievement.”


Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: 

“I’d like to congratulate Sherbourne Fields and Castle Wood  - they should be very proud of this achievement. Teaching Schools are at the heart of  school improvement. They’re supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work. “


What is a National Teaching School?

Introduced in 2011, National Teaching Schools are all excellent schools. They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.  

Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession and providing continuing professional development. They identify and develop leadership potential,  provide support for other schools, and work with schools across their alliance to raise standards of teaching.  They raise standards through supporting other schools, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful head teachers.