The Demolition of the Old Hamilton Block and the Erection of the New Hamilton Block
Plans for the Erection of a Rugby Clubhouse at Castle High School
The plans on the left show how the Hamilton Block was extended. The last two rooms were added, one being a teaching room and the other being a Sixth Form common room. A disabled access ramp was also added to the building.
Castle High School in the early 1990s. The English hut has been demolished but the maths hut has not yet been destroyed.
Two of the huts that were separate to the block of classrooms were burnt down prior to the Hamilton Block being built in 1996. The huts were burnt down due to arsonists; the blaze broke out in a Leisure and Tourism classroom, containing students work, at 5am on 28th November 1994. The fire was prevented from spreading to the Art classroom in the HORSA hut next door, though six computers in the Leisure and Tourism classroom were ruined, resulting in £5,000 worth of damage alone. It was the second school fire in three days, the other being in a Dover school. Around 200 children had three days extra holiday as they did not have a classroom to use. The newspaper article is available for download on the left hand side of this page.
The Hamilton block was built in 1996 and was extended, due to the fire in 1994, with rooms 44 and 47 being added to the back of the building. This ensures the school had enough classrooms to support the number of pupils attending the school. It was built predominantly for the sixth form containing classrooms for Business, ICT, Health and Social Care, a common room and a study centre, all equipped with ICT equipment. When the classrooms in the HORSA hut along Mill Road became disused by Deal Secondary School, they were given to Deal Town Rangers as changing rooms. The Old Hamilton Block and the English block were demolished to make way for the Hamilton Block, as well as the six mobiles on the Field.
The opening of the Hamilton Block was a major step forward for the Sixth Form at Castle High School as Sixth Form students were previously taught in the main building with the lower school. It meant that the Sixth Formers could use facilities especially provided for them.
In 1999, the Senior Management Team of Castle High School held a meeting in the Hythe Imperial to discuss the school’s future aims and objectives. It was here that the new name, Castle Community School, was suggested. The new name came in to force later that year along with the new motto for the school, Care, Commitment and Success.
Castle High School was under operation by Mr David Barnes for most of the time, in which the school strongly developed what it offered its students academically. Castle High School was the first secondary school in Kent to become an Investor in People and too, to deliver the GNVQ Qualification. It was here where the school first ran Adult Education, and gained some control over Treetops Nursery, so the school was pushed further to become a Community School, which followed through in its later name. In this era of the school, it won a Science Award for which David Barnes and Ann-Marie Thompson collected the prize for from Newcastle. It was also the first time Castle High School ran after school clubs for primary school students, so all round, it was heavily involved in the local community.