John Baillie and Madeleine Vigar


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

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 […]

People in our Community 2015


People in our Community
This week Reception have been learning about people who help us in the community.  On Monday we had a visit from Nurse Garstang who told us about how she helps patients at the surgery where she works.  On Tuesday Mrs …

Head Letter 23rd Nov 2015


news-icon Letter from our Head of School 

I am writing to remind everyone about our exciting Christmas Shopping Evening next Friday at 5pm-7pm.

There will be lots of exciting stalls and activities so please come along and enjoy yourselves.  All money raised will be going towards improving our outdoor learning areas – see the totaliser next to the First Aid room.

Tiger Tea Party 2015


  Tiger Tea Party 2015 
Last week both reception classes enjoyed the story ‘The Tiger who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr. All the children joined in with the ‘Tiger Party’ organised by FOBES and held in the lower hall. They listened to the stor…

Travelling Book Fair 2015


 Travelling Book Fair 2015

The Travelling Book Fair this year will be in school from Friday 27th November until Thursday 3rd December at 3.15pm to 4.00pm in the lower hall.

Flanders Trip – Postponed


It is with regret that tomorrow’s Flanders trip has been postponed due to revised advice about travelling to France from the Foreign Office. Our travel operator, NST, will look to support us continuing with the trip at an alternative date and we will do everything we can to ensure your children have the experience they […]

New Nursery Garden


 New Nursery Garden The new Nursery garden is beginning to take shape. This week the children have had great fun exploring their new play house. We hope that the house will provide hours of fun, encouraging the children to use their imaginati…

Head of School Letter Nov 2015


Letter from our Head of School

I have enjoyed welcoming back all the children this week after their half-term break.  Staff and children alike are working hard this half-term on their Art Projects ready for our very first whole school Art Exhibition on Thursday 10th December at 3.15. All classes, as well as shared areas and halls will display topic work and pieces of art made by the children. 

I am also looking forward to going on the French Day Trip with Year 6 children in two weeks’ time – it is always lovely to hear children using their language skills in the actual country.  Our children have been learning French with Madame Kelly for four years and they have a good understanding of common French phrases.  I must remember to set my alarm two hours earlier!

Nominate your Haverhill Heroes | Cambridge News


Do you know a community superhero in Haverhill? Someone who really puts in the effort to help other people in the town? If so, we want to hear from you. The Haverhill News and the Castle Partnership Academy Trust are launching a series of awards to give you the chance to celebrate your local heroes. […]

Letter from our Head of School


Letter from our Head of School

I hope you are all looking forward to the half-term break and enjoying the last of the good weather.

Thank you to all of you who attended parent consultation meetings this week.  It was lovely to see you all and to be able to chat with some of you about the progress children are making. Thank you to all of those who completed the parent survey form – the information received helps us to improve as a school.

I would also like to thank Jason Andre for working with Mrs Loader to produce the information leaflet handed out at Parents’ Evening about how your children are now to be assessed in school.  If you would like a copy of the leaflet please call in at the school office.

Y2 Tropical Wings Zoo


Year2 Tropical Wings Zoo

Last week Year 2 visited the Tropical Wings Zoo as part of our topic about the Rainforest. First we enjoyed a talk about the Rainforest and were able to stroke a skink and look at a boa constrictor, millipede and an African Grey Parrot (who suddenly flew over Mrs Godfrey’s head!). We were able to share our knowledge of the rainforest layers, emergent layer, canopy, understory and forest floor.