Establishment The Castle School

URN: 110182

Community special school

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Love Lane, Donnington, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2JG
Local authority
West Berkshire (869)
Headteacher / Principal
Mr Jon Hewitt
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Community special school
Gender of entry
URN: 110182, DfE number: 869/7007
UKPRN: 10017001
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Outstanding (Last inspection: 15 January 2019)
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Religious character
Does not apply
Not applicable
No boarders
Nursery provision
Has Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Has a sixth form
Number of pupils
Open date
Not recorded
Reason establishment opened
Not applicable
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not applicable
Special classes
Has Special Classes
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Date last changed / confirmed
3 September 2021
Type of SEN provision
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder, MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty, SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty and PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
Type of resourced provision
Not applicable
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Resourced provision capacity
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit number on roll
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit capacity
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
Wendy Batchelor Appointed by GB/board 27 February 2020 26 February 2024


Name Appointed by From To
Giles Francis Elected by parents 25 February 2021 24 February 2025
Luke Adams Elected by parents 16 October 2020 15 October 2024
Roses Parfitt Elected by school staff 29 September 2020 28 September 2024
Helen Cabell Appointed by GB/board 14 November 2019 13 November 2023
Nicola Markham Appointed by GB/board 20 June 2019 20 June 2023
Charlie Kowalski Appointed by GB/board 15 October 2018 15 October 2022
Marie Verney Elected by parents 15 October 2018 15 October 2022

Historic (left within last 12 months)

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Joan Sargent Governor Elected by parents 7 April 2017 7 April 2021
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
North-West London and South-Central England
Government office region (GOR)
South East
West Berkshire
Newbury Speen
Parliamentary constituency
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban city and town
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Census ward
Middle super output area (MSOA)
West Berkshire 012
Lower super output area (LSOA)
West Berkshire 012D
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