Welcome from Chief Executive Officer


The Castleman Academy Trust is named after Charles Castleman, a Wimborne solicitor who was chiefly responsible for the building of the railway line that operated between Southampton to Dorchester from June 1847. The line was nicknamed the “Castleman Corkscrew” due to its many twists and turns. Castleman was a great visionary and entrepreneur and was passionate about developing the local area. The Castleman Academy Trust is also passionate about developing the talent and potential of young people in the area, committed to ensuring all young people in its schools experience inspirational learning.

Created in September 2014, the Trust is committed to providing high quality education that is underpinned by the learning values of Respect, Independence, Creativity and Inclusion. These values have been agreed across the founding MAT schools and are regularly reviewed to ensure that all we do reflects these.

 “Since we cannot know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless trying to teach it in advance. Instead we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned” (John Holt – Educational Author). We do not know what the future will look like for our children. Therefore our curriculum aims to prepare our learners for being able to deal with any situation in which they might find themselves. We are committed to ensuring our curriculum is based on real life experiences, is challenging but supportive, based around play and experimentation and rigorously assessed to ensure learners progress and reach their full potential.

As educators, believe that our fundamental job is to help learners flourish in society. In our classes today we have the chefs, artists, accountants, doctors, teachers, scientists, pilots, hairdressers and whatever else of tomorrow. How we as parents and teachers inspire, motivate and develop our young learners will have an untold effect on the future. Learning how to learn is about discovering what you’re capable of and then being confident to “stretch yourself”. Knowing “where”, “how” and “why” is more important than knowing “what”.

We believe that EVERYONE is excellent and clever - as there are many ways to be clever! We strive to “liberate the excellence” in everyone, believing that excellence appears in a variety of ways.

School is not only a place of academic learning, but emotional learning as well. Learning is a social experience. We learn from and with others. It is our responsibility to give learners the opportunity to experience the world first hand and then see it from another’s point of view. We are shaping the community of tomorrow and as such, we need to teach the children to listen to and learn from others’ points of view and show respect for them.

Most importantly, we believe that “life is a marathon where everyone who completes the course, wins - not a race where only the first three count”. Our most important job as parents, teachers and governors is to form relationships so that our learners feel safe to grow, try new things, make mistakes and flourish, without fear of failure.

Being part of the Castleman Academy Trust is exciting! Adults and youngsters alike are encouraged, supported and inspired to be the best they can be  and contribute to their school community and the wider community.