About Castle School

Who We Are

Castle School caters for the needs of children and young people aged 2-19 years who have severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties and we also have facilities, based on a TEACCH approach, for children with autism together with learning difficulties.

Castle School is part of the Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust and is located within the Josephine Butler Campus sharing the building with the Bishop’s Primary School (Josephine Butler Campus) and Duke’s Secondary School.
The children and young people receive their education from a dedicated and highly experienced specialist team of teachers and teaching assistants.

The school was purpose-built and opened in March 2012.  We have a well-resourced learning environment which includes;

  • multi-sensory rooms
  • food technology room
  • soft play
  • ICT room fitted with switches and touch screens
  • trampoline room for rebound therapy and trampolining
  • 2 fully adapted minibuses
  • hydrotherapy pool
  • independent living area


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Castle School is supported by a range of specialist agencies including; speech & language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, school medical officer & special school nurse, community nursing team, social services, educational and clinical psychologists.

For each of our pupils we offer an individualised curriculum, set out in an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Our curriculum is drawn from National Curriculum core & foundation subjects and an essential curriculum that covers all aspects of Personal and Social Education.

We also provide a sensory curriculum to support the needs of our pupils with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

We hope that you find this information useful. If you would like to know anything further or to arrange a visit to Castle School then please do get in touch by contacting Karen Lilley – Castle School Admin Manager – 01670 844322