Castle House School

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Coordinates: 52°46′08″N 2°22′44″W / 52.769°N 2.379°W / 52.769; -2.379

Castle House School
Castle House School logo.png
Established 1944
Type Independent preparatory school
Religion Christian
Headmaster Ian Sterling[1]
Chairman of Governors Carol Gibbs
Location Chetwynd End
TF10 7JE
DfE URN 123611 Tables
Students 122 (in 2014)[2]
Gender Co-educational
Ages 2–11
Former pupils Old Castilians
Website Castle House School web site

Castle House School is an independent preparatory day school for boys and girls, first established in 1944, at Chetwynd End, Newport, Shropshire.[2]


The school is owned and operated by the Castle House School Trust Ltd, a registered charitable organization, by up to twelve governors of the Trust.[3] It occupies a Grade II listed main building with extensive grounds.[2] Its "Cherubs Nursery" takes pre-school children aged from two to four.[4] From here boys and girls, in roughly equal numbers, go into the Lower School, which comprises a Reception class and Years 1 and 2. The Upper School then caters for children until they leave, usually at the age of eleven.[2][5]

French is taught from the Nursery years on, and drama and dance begin in Reception. Sporting activities take place every day, and these include gymnastics.[2]

After leaving Castle House, children typically go on to Adams' Grammar School, Newport High School, Burton Borough School, or Stafford Grammar School, with others moving to Wrekin College, Ellesmere College, Shrewsbury High School, Wolverhampton Girls' High School, Wolverhampton Grammar School, Adcote School, and others.[6]

A new headteacher, Ian Sterling, took over the school in January 2018.[1] The previous head, Richard Walden, was chairman in 2014 of the Independent Schools Association. Opening its annual conference in May 2014, he was critical of the state sector, claiming that "Schools are turning out too many amoral children because teachers cannot find the time to teach the difference between right and wrong."[7] This was quickly disputed by the government's Education Secretary, Michael Gove.[8]

Notable Old Castilians[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Mr Crewe-Read speaks at speech day at, accessed 13 September 2015
  2. ^ a b c d e ISI Inspection report on Castle House School dated November 2014, accessed 13 September 2015
  3. ^ Castle House School at, accessed 13 September 2015
  4. ^ Cherubs Nursery at, accessed 13 September 2015
  5. ^ The Independent Schools Guide 2012-2013 (Gabbitas, 2013), p. 150
  6. ^ Senior Schools: After Castle House – what next? at
  7. ^ Schools turning out amoral students, says Shropshire headteacher dated 15 May 2014 at
  8. ^ Michael Gove rejects ‘amoral’ pupils claim by Shropshire head dated 18 May 2014 at
  9. ^ Andrew Roth, Jeremy (Bernard) Corbyn (parliamentary profile at, p. 10, accessed 13 September 2015

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