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<"I decided that the two schools would amalgamate from day one, so all classes would become mixed." - Mr James W Stacey, Head Teacher 1968-87

The Head Teacher of The Elizabeth Carter School had just retired, so they had an Interim Head Teacher. However the Central School still had their Head Teacher, Mr Taylor, who was a very strict man. It was believed that Mr Taylor would operate both schools and bring them smoothly together. The authorities made the decision that it was a new school and a new Head Teacher should be appointed; Mr Taylor was allowed to reapply for his job along with five other applicants. The applicants were interviewed in Deal Town Hall. Mr Taylor was not offered the job; Mr James W Stacey was appointed on February 1st 1968. This caused students from Deal Secondary School for Boys to protest through Deal Town to keep Mr Taylor as Head. Both schools did merge on September 1st 1968 to form DEAL SECONDARY SCHOOL and it was Mr Stacey's job to bring the schools together; he was originally a headmaster in Germany and had experience in a mixed school. The mixed school was built for 900 children between the ages of 11-16. Around £30,000 was spent on minor repairs when the schools were amalgamated.

When Mr Stacey started his job, changes were due to be enforced. Prior to Mr Stacey becoming Head Teacher, any member of staff was allowed to physically punish children. Mr Stacey did not agree with this as this caused students to become scared of coming to school. He changed the rules so that only Senior Management, The Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher were able to use physical punishment against children. The Parent Teacher Association scheme was also developed to forge stronger links between the school and the parents. Extra activities were introduced to students such as Motor Maintenance to give students more experience. The Technology and practical subjects such as Home Economics (Food Technology), Woodwork, Metalwork and Needlework were offered to students on rotation so that they would have an experience in all of the subjects. Options were given to students as they worked their way through the school so that students could control their own learning. The HORSA huts along the Mill Road field became Maths rooms to accommodate the large number of students doing maths.

After a shaky start at becoming one school, plans had been announced to merge Deal Secondary School with Walmer Secondary School. The plan was that students from the age of 9 - 13 would attend the site at Walmer Secondary School and Students from 14-15 would attend the Deal Secondary School site. The plans however were not passed through so they remained separate schools. Other plans were also created; to demolish Deal Secondary School and build a new school. The Head Teacher viewed plans for the new school, but these plans were also not passed through.



In 1972, an Act of Parliament raised the school leaving age from 15 to 16 years old. Schools were sometimes too small to host the extra students, so funding was given to schools to build temporary buildings known as ROSLA blocks. The ROSLA Block (now known as the Technology Block) was built in 1972 and the Food Technology Block (Lawton) was built in 1976. (ROSLA stands for the Raising Of the School Leaving Age). The ROSLA Block originally contained classrooms specifically designed for Rural Science, Technical Drawing, Art, Woodwork, Metal Work and a specialist reading classroom to help students who struggled with reading. Originally, the block was built with skylights, but these were removed due to damage to the building from members of the public on regular occurrences. A boiler and store room was added later. ROSLA Blocks were prefabricated, low cost blocks; most have now been extensively refurbished or demolished.



The Food Technology Block was called the Lawton Block after Alistair Lawton, the Chair of Governors at the time. It contained rooms designed for Home Economics, Art, Pottery and the Deal Adult Education Centre. The Home Economics Classrooms (now known as Food Technology) replaced those originally in Rooms 1 and 2 in the main building and Pottery was originally located in room 20 but this moved to room 34. Room 13, originally an office in the main building, was converted to a corridor to enable easy access to the Lawton Block. The Adult Education Centre remained there until 2016. However, the Art rooms became English rooms and a common room moved from the ROSLA Block to the Lawton Block.



During the 1980s, a teacher at Deal Secondary School took several pictures of the poor state that the building was becoming. Corridors leaked which affected the electric lights and ceilings started to cave in. The staffroom was described as “The worst staffroom in England” by TES so a major refurbishment was needed. This was completed around the changing of the school name to Castle High School. The original glass roof had been removed and made way for a new flat ceiling. New electric lights were installed throughout the building, the staffroom was renovated and so were the rooms across the main building. The full extent of the building can be viewed in the 1989 Castle High School Premises Audit on the next page.



In the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, students with Special Educational Needs were taught in a building in Mill Road opposite the main school, called Pennington; an old bakers shop originally used for The Elizabeth Carter School. It contained rooms 40-42, two on the ground floor and one on the top floor and was also used as a Behaviour Unit. The school Caretaker, Fred Green and his wife Brenda lived in the top floor of the building which had a great view of the school. This was often used by the Head Teacher to catch students out breaking the rules as they walked out of the school gates at the end of the day. It was later sold by Kent County Council and houses were built on the land. Female students also used a "flat" as part of their curriculum, located between rooms 4 and 5. This was designed to teach young female children life skills; to become housewives. It contained a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom. Girls would spend a week every two terms in the flat.

“Deal Secondary School in 1974: ROSLA Block is being built  but there is no Lawton Block”.



        Further Reading


The Newspaper Article for the Announcement of the Merger


Newspaper Article about the Merger


Deal Secondary School Student Book 1976-1977


Deal Secondary School Student Book 1978-1979


Home Economics Newspaper Article


Deal Secondary School 50 year Anniversary


Deal Secondary School Students


dealsecbook.zip ARTICLE -Home Economics.pdf Amalgamation.pdf Amalgamation2.pdf Deal Secondary School in the early 1970s The Lawton Block Leaking corridors in the 1980s

1976-1977 Map of the School



1978-1979 Map of the School



In 1968, The Elizabeth Carter School for Girls and The Deal Central School (both based in the same building) were due to be merged; the set date of amalgamation was September 1st 1968. The Central School was releasing students with high qualifications such as O-Levels and even A-Levels, whereas the Elizabeth Carter School only released students with CSEs which were worth less than O-Levels, so sceptics believed that the amalgamation would bring both schools down.

The ROSLA Block Deal Secondary School Logo

In The 1980s, the school was at its largest with 1235 students and 6 mobile classrooms. Maths teachers occupied a row of classrooms alongside the field at the back of the Mill Road houses. The row of classrooms also contained a Behaviour Support Unit, which used to be in Pennington, which gave specialist help to students expelled from a range of schools in the area. Rooms were originally named 28-32 in this block; however, when the block became disused, the rooms in the Technology Block were renamed rooms 28-33. These replaced the original plaques for each room that contained the subject. The metalwork room in the HORSA hut originally built for boys became Treetops Nursery in 1991 and has remained so ever since. The school was renamed CASTLE HIGH SCHOOL in 1988.


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The sound files on the right explain more information about the amalgamating of the two schools directly from the man who did it - Mr James W Stacey, the Head Teacher of Deal Secondary School between 1968-1987


In Operation 1968 - 1988

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