John Baillie, Madeleine Vigar and John Mayhew


Welcome to the Castle Partnership Academy Trust. Our vision is to improve the life chances of all our children and young people whatever their backgrounds, skills and capabilities.

Our schools are Burton End Primary Academy, Castle Manor Academy and Place Farm Primary Academy. We are situated close together in the town of Haverhill, Suffolk, near to the borders of both Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The Partnership is committed to all through education, firmly believing that a love of learning should be nurtured from a very young age and that the traditional phases of education should be integrated to secure continuity, progression and high standards.

We know how crucial outstanding teaching is and aim to provide a rich, relevant, bespoke curriculum and experiences that promote outstanding learning, achievement and excellent attitudes to learning.

The Castle Partnership Academy Trust understands how vital it is for our pupils and students to attain high levels of literacy and mathematical knowledge. We focus on putting in place the best teaching strategies in order to secure high standards of literacy and numeracy.

Promoting young peoples’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their physical well-being is a key priority for us. We want all of our pupils and students to have high aspirations and to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community.

We focus relentlessly on high expectations for everyone involved in the Castle Partnership Academy Trust. We ensure that our staff have the best professional development opportunities, our families are supported and share our vision and that our children and young people become responsible, independent members of society.

Madeleine Vigar
Executive Principal
John Baillie
Chair, Board of Directors
John Mayhew
Vice Chair, Board of Directors

News from our Academies

2015-16 Term Dates


Term dates for the 2015-2016 academic year are available below. All three academies will follow the same term dates. We are still working to finalise the dates of our PD Days and will update this information when it is available. Term Dates Below are term dates for next academic year. Please note that some of […]

Castle Partnership Admissions Policy 2016-17

Our new Admissions Policy is now available on our website. This policy covers admission to all three academies from September 2016. You can see a copy here – Castle Partnership Admissions Policy 2016-2017.

Castle Manor Celebrates Second Suffolk Greenest County Award


Castle Manor Academy are celebrating having earned their second Suffolk’s Greenest County Award for the restoration of their community orchard. Judges were impressed with the opportunities the orchard has created to engage families, local primary children and Sandcastles play group. The project is led by Becky Baldwin, teacher responsible for outdoor education. She is supported […]

FOBE Easter Egg Hunt



Thank you FOBE for organising a fantastic Easter egg hunt for the children in Early Years. We had great fun looking for Easter eggs hidden in the Early Years playground and classrooms and enjoyed an Easter cake and drink. The children were mo…

Y2/3 Production of ‘Three Little Pigs’


We are really proud of the enormous amount of effort everyone made during our performance. From our trees, houses, farmyard, woodland and city animals, wind, huff, puff, Red Riding Hoods, Wolves and of course all the

Foundation Easter Share


On Tuesday 24th March all children in Reception and Nursery joined in together for their Easter share with their parents. They took part in a variety of activities including making an Easter Card, assembling a spring flower, creating a collage of an Easter egg and making an Easter chick. The children enjoyed visiting each others’ classrooms to take part in the activities. 

Young People Discuss Their Future with local MP


Young people from across the Castle Partnership Academy Trust joined with our local MP last Friday to discuss the future of education on the Cambridge side of town. Students from Castle Manor Academy, along with pupils from Burton End Primary Academy and Place Farm Primary Academy joined Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP for a specially […]

Easter Message


Dear Parents and Carers

We have reached the last week of the Spring Term and I would like to say thank you to all of you for your support over the last term.

We had an extremely good turnout last week to our Parent Consultation evenings and the children brought in lots of fantastic science projects enabled by helpful parents I am sure.  I was extremely proud of our Choir and recorder group this week who performed at the Partnership Spring Concert. I also enjoyed watching the Year 2/3 production this week – our children and staff did a fantastic job in a very short period of time.  I would like to wish you all a very happy Easter break and I look forward to seeing you all back at school ready for an exciting and fun-packed Summer.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Vosper

Partnership Celebration

Last Summer all three of our academies came together for a special celebration. Have a look at the video below to see how we celebrated.

HPV Vaccinations – Information for Year 8 Girls


As part of England’s National School Based Immunisation Programme, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination is offered to girls in Year 8, a 1st dose offered between April 2015 and July 2015, with a 2nd dose offered to them in Year 9 in the Summer Term. Attached below is a leaflet describing the disease and the benefits […]

Cambridge Royal Botanic Gardens


On Tuesday 24th February, Year 3 visited the Cambridge Royal Botanic Gardens and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Our topic this term is “Let’s go on an adventure!” focusing on the country of Guatemala in Central America.

In the Garden’s greenhouses we imagined ourselves in the tropical rainforest and saw incredible plants including musa (a banana tree) and a cacao plant, whose beans are used in making