Ewell Castle School
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|Ewell Castle School|
Motto: 'Achieving Each Child's Potential'
|Church Street, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey
|Religious affiliation(s)||Church of England (but open to people of all faiths)|
|School number||020 8393 1413|
|Principal||Mr P Harris|
|Enrollment||c. 350 Senior School, 200 Junior Schools|
|Colour(s)||Red and Blue|
|School fees||Up to £13,680 per annum (excluding lunch costs, insurance costs, exam fees, extra curricular activities, school trips etc)|
|Ages||3 to 18|
|Former pupils||Old Ewellians 'Wellies'|
Ewell Castle School is a British independent day school for boys aged 3 to 18 and girls aged 3 – 11 and, from September 2013, 16 - 18 also. Founded in 1926 by Mr Herbert Budgell originally as a boarding school, it is located in Ewell, Surrey. The school consists of the Main House (affectionately known by Ewellians as 'The Castle'), Glyn House and Chessington Lodge. Headteachers are Mr M Holder-Williams (MA) of the Senior School, Mrs. M Phillips (BEd) of the Junior School and, as of January 2014, Mr. P Harris MSc, BSc, PGCE, who is Principal.
The school was last inspected in 2012.
It was announced by the new principal of the school that Ewell Castle will go fully coeducational from September 2015; 78% of parents were apparently supportive of the move.
Tutors and teaching
The pupil to teacher ratio is around 11:1 which is very low by general school standards. Class sizes start at around twenty to twenty-five in the first year and are often below ten in the Sixth Form year. An average English or Maths class in GCSE years would have about 16 pupils in it.
The school has three Houses: Castlemaine, Raleigh and Essex (colours Gold, Blue and Red respectively). Pupils are assigned to a House as they start at the school, which they stay in throughout their school career. If a sibling of a Ewellian pupil were to join the school, they would be assigned to the same house.
The school's uniform in the Senior School consists of a blue blazer with red piping and crest, a red and blue striped tie (variations of this are awarded for house/school colours or prefect status), shirt and charcoal trousers.
The shirt changes colour as the boy moves up the school: Blue for pupils in the Junior School right up to Lower Fourth, and white for pupils in Upper Fourth right up to Sixth Form.
During the Sixth Form students are required to wear a charcoal grey suit, or an all black suit.
At Ewell Castle, there are dozens of organisations known as societies, in many of which pupils come together to discuss a particular topic, presided over by a Master the pupils fulfilling the role of 'Padowan'. The clubs range from Design, Sciences, Politics and Debating to Sports and recreation (e.g. Sailing, Duke of Edinburgh Award). In late 2008 a team from the school won first prize in the Epsom, Ewell and Banstead Schools’ Enterprise Challenge 2008.
The School has a very strong sporting reputation and the impressive grounds include rugby, tennis and cricket pitches. There are also cricket nets and athletics facilities. The school has a large, modern, multi-purpose Sports Hall complex that incorporates a multi-activity fitness suite.
Sporting fixtures are played in a wide range of sports against other independent schools such as Charterhouse, City of London Freemen's School, Halliford School, Eton, King's College School, St. James' School[disambiguation needed] and The Oratory School.
As well as enjoying a strong academic reputation, Ewell Castle prides itself on its 'excellent' system of pastoral care - as quoted from the ISI report. For pupils who require addition care counselling, mentors or extra supervision can be provided.
Music and drama
The entire lower floor of Glyn House is devoted to the schools many bands, choirs and solo artists. New equipment and soundproof rooms means music now plays an increasing role at Ewell, with the 'Castle Ravens' leading the surge in music.
Plays are put on every year at Ewell Castle, with the school plays often drawing large audiences.
Notable former pupils
- George Atkinson, Youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest
- Matthew Kidd, Olympic swimmer and silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games
- Daniel Miller, cricketer
- Terence Morgan, actor
- Peter Newbrook, cinematographer
- Dusan Popov, spy
- Oliver Reed, actor
- Jimmy Sangster, screenwriter and director
- Steven Savile, writer
- Fred Winter, champion jockey and trainer