Castledown Primary School, Hastings, East Sussex

| September 5, 2012 | 6 Comments 

It was far from a battle for us to head to Hastings to spend the first of two glorious days working alongside the amazing staff and pupils of Castledown Primary School.

Castledown School is situated in the historic town of Hastings. It is a two-form entry school with its own Nursery. In 2010 they were the most improved school in Hastings. In 2011 they were identified as rapidly improving by Ofsted. Some incredible achievements, improvements and successes over the past few years mean the school community can be justifiably proud of their efforts ethos and results.

A lovely quote from the school website says: “We have won many accolades in the past few years and although we are proud of our recent success we are a school who believe in the here, now and the future”.

In 2012 they achieved the Artsmark. Each class is named after an artist:

Mark Rothko in the Nursery, Andy Goldsworthy and Barbara Hepworth for Reception, Kandinsky and Matisse – Year 1, Picasso and Kahlo – Year 2, Hokusai and Monet – Year 3, Miro  and Hockney – Year 4, Turner and Dali – Year 5 then Leonardo and Riley – Year 6 – what a great idea!

A huge thank you to Neil Small, headteacher, for organising our trip down to East Sussex today, and for taking the brave decision to invite us in tomorrow to work alongside the children on their first day back after the summer break.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Hannah Gibson says:

    I’m totally blown away by todays training and I can’t wait to see the childrens reactions tomorrow!

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you Hannah
    We are glad you found some useful things from today.
    We are looking forward to tomorrow too
    Have fun playing this evening 😀
    Tim and Sarah

  3. Abbie Hayden says:

    I have got so many ideas today that I may well just go pop! Such a great way to start the year – full of enthusiasm and brimming with exciting ideas. Plus, I can now officially state I am fluent in Pickpocketese!

  4. Tim says:

    Thank you Abbie
    We have always loved reading your blog ( so it was great to meet you today
    You made a very good translator by the way
    We are glad you found some useful new things
    Have fun with whatever you try first

  5. Steve Miles says:

    Wow! An amazing day for us all. A real mix of ability with ICT amongst our staff, (they would be the first to admit it). Looking around the room during the inset you could see teachers itching to try out one of the multitude of inspiring resources demonstrated. I look forward to seeing some of the teaching generated from today. Many thanks to both of you.

  6. Tim says:

    Thanks Steve
    It was a joy to spend yesterday with your crew
    They seemed up for all of the challenges and we’re really looking forward to finding ot about all the things you all experiment with in class
    Looking forward to spending time with the children now
    Thanks for all of your help too Steve
    Tim and Sarah

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