... Education and Children

Education and children

Castlethorpe has a First School, Pre-School, Nursery, two well-equipped play areas and a thriving Youth Club, so the village's children are well catered for. Below are the details:

Castlethorpe First School

The First School is a small village school with a strong family atmosphere, catering for children aged 4 – 7 years with approximately 40 children on roll. It provides a high standard of education where children enjoy a friendly and caring school life, as well as a stimulating environment in which all children can become well-motivated, independent learners.

The school's Vision is to ensure it is: 
● A school that parents, teachers, pupils, governors and the local community can be enormously proud of:
● A school that is vibrant, happy and has high expectations. 
● A school that believes that every child can succeed and achieve. 
● A school where children enjoy learning because they are encouraged to be independent thinkers. 
● And where children develop a sense of self belief and a love of learning, forming a strong basis for lifelong learning. 

To achieve this we aim:
● To provide a caring, nurturing and stimulating environment where all children feel safe, secure and happy. 
● To inspire children to achieve and celebrate their successes. 
● To maintain high expectations in all aspects of children’s learning. 
● To encourage children to embrace new challenges. 
● To be an integral part of the community.

To learn more about the school please visit our website www.castlethorpeschool.co.uk email office@castlethorpe.milton-keynes.sch.uk or call us on 01908 510342.

Ducklings Pre-School

Ducklings Pre-School is open in the Village Hall during term time during these times:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-12pm
Tuesday and Thursday 9am-3pm

The pre-school is registered for 24 children with age range 18 months through 5 years and offers a learning environment with room for children to use build on the imagination and areas to explore with first hand experience.

We will be involving the community in to our learning to support our children to have a positive meaningful role into society. We explore our outdoor environment to support our rural life in the countryside and the changes on the environment. 

This is a very welcome addition to the village for anyone with young children - especially for anyone missing the old pre-school which closed in September after 48 years in the village.

For more information please phone 07754 352365 or email the manager Jaime McGuane at ducklingscastlethorpe@gmail.com. 

Acorn Nursery

The Acorn children’s day nursery in Castlethorpe is situated in a converted Wesleyan Chapel in South Street, backing onto the school and with access into the school playground. It was established in 1989 and caters for up to 36 babies and children from 4 months to 4 years. Catering for working parents, the nursery is open for 51 weeks of the year, from 7.30am to 6.15pm.

The nursery is one of eight run by Acorn Childcare in Milton Keynes and Northants. The Head Office is situated on the first floor of the Castlethorpe nursery. The aim of the nursery is to offer the flexibility and individuality of a small, homely nursery combined with the professionalism and facilities you’d expect from a larger one. The nursery also provides a Breakfast Club, After-school Club and a Holiday Playscheme for children aged 4 & 7. The nursery cook prepares healthy meals on site and also provides cooked lunches for children attending Castlethorpe School. 

The nursery offers a range of activities and facilities, including weekly trips to its own Forest School in Salcey Forest. Forest School has been developed to offer learning opportunities in a woodland environment and has proved very popular with the children. 

The nursery is also linked to Tall Oaks Training, based in Hanslope, which offers training for Early Years staff. Based on a farm smallholding, this is being developed into a field centre which the nursery will also be able to access to extend its outdoor activities. 

The nursery is also hoping to develop its links with the local community, building on the links already in place through nursery families and staff who are also village residents. 

For more information  visit Acorn website or contact Zoe Raven on 01908 510309

Castlethorpe Youth Club

Castlethorpe has managed to largely avoid the problems of anti-social behaviour experienced in other local communities in and around Milton Keynes. This has not happened by accident and relies on volunteer efforts to run community groups such as Castlethorpe Youth Club (CYC) to ensure a strong community spirit continues to thrive in the village. 

Now the longest running Youth Club in the MK area, CYC has seen hundreds of young people develop with a sound grounding in social responsibility and community spirit, developing self-confidence and interpersonal skills.  

CYC is open to all young people aged between 11 (School Year 6) and 16 (Year 11) who live, or have strong ties with, Castlethorpe. It runs weekly in the Village Hall on Tuesdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and is overseen by fully CRB accredited volunteers from the village. In the winter months a range of activities such as dodgeball, uni-hockey, music quizzes and cooking are organised in the village hall. In the summer months CYC take advantage of the fantastic facilities offered at Castlethorpe sports ground where we play tennis, softball, tag rugby and 5 a-side footie.

In addition to numerous weekly activities CYC has an Xbox, table football, pool/snooker tables and table tennis. We also run numerous trips; laser shooting, ten-pin bowling, swimming and have an annual cycle trip to the chippie in New Bradwell. Every few years CYC runs an adventure weekend away, in the past travelling to Wales and the Cotswolds. 

One important aspect of CYC is the work the young people have undertaken over the years supporting the village, such as helping with the duck race, the senior citizens Christmas lunch and the “Carols on the Green”.

The Club received the highest OFSTED rating at its last inspection. Registered with Milton Keynes Council, we work closely with their Rural Youth development teams putting into practice both council and national youth initiatives. Over the years, villagers have looked back and appreciated this grounding and felt good about putting something back into their community. 

For more information contact Tony Rice on 01908 510206.  

Play areas

There are two fully-equpped play areas in the village  ̶  at the Fishponds off The Chequers and in Thrupp Close, next to the Allotments.

The Fishponds play area also features a new  ̶  and extremely popular  ̶  zipwire as well as the equipment shown above, while the Thrupp area caters more for smaller children.