Castle Hill Academy Castle Hill Academy

A Platanos Trust School



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Our Address

  • Castle Hill Academy
  • Dunley Drive
  • New Addington
  • Croydon, CR0 0RJ



Contact Details



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Executive Headteacher: 

Serena Hemmings


Heads of School:

Claire Bracher

Sonia Isard







Welcome to Castle Hill Academy

Nursery and Primary School

Welcome to Castle Hill Academy and our new official website. Our new website is being developed and the latest news and information will be made available here. Thank you for visiting our website.


Ofsted Good Provider


Message from the Headteacher

“Attitude Determines Altitude”

We are delighted that Castle Hill Academy is now part of the Platanos Trust family of schools.

This means that we have the capacity and commitment to raise standards of achievement for all pupils.

At Castle Hill Academy we aim to create a safe, happy school where the learning atmosphere is conducive to high attainment.

We have an unshakeable belief in all our pupils regardless of their starting point. We believe that ‘Attitude Determines Altitude’. Pupils will be part of an inspirational learning environment and we expect all pupils to be aspirational and achieve well beyond their expectations.

We believe that every pupil should learn the skills for life-long learning and should be able to develop as good citizens who contribute fully to their community.

The school will use a skills-based curriculum with regular, rigorous testing to identify and track the progress of pupils of all abilities to ensure that they reach their maximum potential.

For pupils to reach their full potential we need to work in partnership with you as parents, carers and colleagues. Helping children to do their best is vital. We will work in partnership so that all of us understand what children are learning and are able to achieve.


Core Principles

Our Values

  • Castle Hill Academy exists and works for all pupils and learners. 
  • We have an unshakeable belief that we can make a difference. Attitude Determines Altitude.
  • We have high expectations of all in our community and believe that every learner can achieve beyond their expectations.
  • We firmly believe that one's attitude is the key ingredient in achieving success regardless of background or ability.
  • We prepare our pupils and learners to take advantage of learning opportunities to rise to the demands of academic rigour and high standards of scholarship.
  • We believe that every learner can succeed and we challenge and support them to reach their full potential. We offer all learners a rounded education to meet the challenges of an ever changing society.
  • We raise the aspiration of learners to ensure that they achieve beyond their expectations and play a valuable role in the world.
  • We celebrate success and encourage pupils to take part in and enjoy learning by stretching the abilities of all.

Our Vision

  • We want to develop successful, confident individuals who are responsible, effective contributors to the school community, their families and wider society.
  • We want pupils to be happy and successful at school, to be skilled, thoughtful, well-mannered and to love to learn.
  • As an inclusive, caring school where every child is important, we recognise that all children have talents and abilities to encourage and celebrate. We support a strong community spirit where we show consideration and respect for each other, we understand and value differences and uphold kind, courteous behaviour.
  • We want to challenge and develop our children to be intellectually curious, autonomous learners who are inspired and stimulated through a rich and varied curriculum appropriate to each individual’s needs. We develop children’s learning by setting high expectations and exacting standards, teaching and reinforcing the skills, which form the foundation for successful schooling and lifelong learning.