Values and Ethos


“Building confidence and self-belief’

At Castlewood School we aim to nurture pupils by building trusting relationships, enabling pupils to feel valued, to develop self-worth, raising self-esteem and supporting them to engage with learning, leading to achievement whilst experiencing success.

Our main focus rests on supporting all pupils, regardless of their starting points to reach their academic, emotional and social potential – we want pupils to be the best they can be, so they are equipped to move on and become a successful member of society.

School Context and Key Features

The school went through academy conversion in December 2014 joining the Northern House School Academy Trust under the name ‘Northern House School Solihull’ changing from Secondary provision to an all through School. In September 2020 the school joined a new trust and is now sponsored by Manor Hall Academy Trust under the name ‘Castlewood School’.

Castlewood is a through school from Year 1 to Year 11, with 96 places; pupils are grouped according to Year groups with a preferred maximum class size of eight pupils with two staff – a teacher and a teaching assistant.

All pupils have an EHCP in place prior to joining us, the majority are placed by Solihull, with a number from Birmingham and a few from other authorities.

Before attending our school, the majority of our pupils have been unsuccessful in a conventional mainstream setting, many have missed substantial amounts of time in full time education, often resulting in attainment below the national expectations and significant self-esteem and confidence issues.

We are a small school where all pupils and their families are well known and understood by our experienced staff and we are proud of our pastoral care which ensures our pupils are well supported.

Current rates of progress, particularly in terms of social development, have been slower than normal due to Covid restrictions – reducing opportunities for mixing with others and taking part in out of classroom experiences, particularly offsite activities.

On conversion to Manor Hall Academy Trust, the existing Governing Body became a Local Advisory Board. The long serving Chair of Governors resigned in July 2021 and the school appointed a new Governor Chair on 21 January 2022.