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In 1999, the school became CASTLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL. The teachers and governors decided that new branding was needed for the college so a new logo was created to promote the school. The school was renamed CASTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE in 2005 and the slogan "Community, Care Commitment" was replaced “Care Commitment and Success”. Mrs Chapman became the Principal of Castle Community School from 2001 - 2011. After her retirement, Phillip Bunn took over until 2014, then Jane Hadlow became the Interim Principal until July 2016. This was just after the school became Goodwin Academy. Simon Smith is the current Principal.

New changing rooms and a 3G Astroturf were constructed between 2008 and 2010. The new  Deal Town Rangers Clubhouse was constructed along the back of the Mill Road houses in 2012 when the old Clubhouse became disused; this was the HORSA hut built for The Elizabeth Carter School. The minibus garage was also constructed in 2010 to replace the disused music huts.


In 2008, The College was named Sports College of the Year and a joint Sixth Form was organised with Walmer Science College. In 2009, the school had been selected for a new building under the "Building Schools for the Future" programme; unfortunately, this did not go ahead. In 2010, The College became an academy after being rated "Outstanding" for the third time in a row by Ofsted.


In 2012, the school was oversubscribed for September, so the school's roll had been increased. During the academic year of 2012-2013, it was announced that Walmer Science College would close and all students would be transferred to Castle Community College. Castle Community College would have use of the former Walmer Science College site and it was announced that Castle Community College would have a brand new school for 1,300 students by 2017 under the "Priority School Building Programme". It was one of two secondary schools in Kent to be chosen for this programme.



During the February Half Term in 2016, The HORSA Hut (old DTR Clubhouse) was demolished to make way for the construction site traffic. On Saturday 13th February, the asbestos roof was removed and the building was emptied. On Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th the building was demolished and on the following 2 days, that section of the site was checked to ensure that it was safe. The World War 2 air raid shelters were also uncovered.




The image below shows the areas of the school in 2015/16. Hover your mouse over each number to view an image of the area.




        Further Reading


70 year celebrations leaflet


Form Group Changes 2006


Walmer Castle Sixth Form College Leaflet


Walmer Castle Sixth Form College Prospectus


Best Teacher in Deal and Dover


Deal Town Rangers New Clubhouse Planning Documents


Closure of Walmer Science College


2014 plans of a Free School at Walmer Science College


Castle Community College awaits Sponsorship


Out of Special Measures Newspaper Article


2015/2016 Map of the School (Mill Road Site)


The Demolition of the Music Block and the Erection of the Minibus Garage


Sixth Form Merger Article 1


Sixth Form Merger Article 2


Sports College of the Year 2008 Article


Year of Success Article


Year 11 Evening


Outstanding College


Outstanding 2008


Opening of the Astroturf


Building the Changing Rooms


Olympic Success


Mr Redfern Retires


Outstanding GCSE Grades


Outstanding GCSE Grades 2


First Plans of a New School


Academy Status Article


Academy Status Approved


Last Castle Community College Prom and VEX Winners


Echoes: A Reflection of Walmer Science College before Closure


Castle Community College Signs


Walmer Science College 50 Year Anniversary Signatures

Castle Community School Logo Changing Rooms Astroturf Deal Town Rangers Clubhouse 2008 Sign 2010 Sign Walmer Castle Sixth Form logo Mill Road Site Main Entrance Salisbury Road Site Main Entrance

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Interview with the Year 7s




Castle Community College Now and Then: Hover your mouse over the images to see how the building has changed over 80 years




In Operation 1999 - 2016

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Teaching Rooms and Main Areas in the Salisbury Road Site




Teaching Rooms and Main Areas in the Mill Road Site




The building from the rooftops - images taken by Mike Howard (Caretaker)




<"If you were at Castle, be proud with me. If you are here now, be excited. If you are coming to us in the future, now that we are Goodwin Academy, do your very best to start your own traditions of achievement, commitment and care" - Ann-Marie Thompson, SENCo and Vice Principal.

Salisbury Road Site Summer Photoshoot




Castle Y11 evening.pdf Castle Outstanding College.pdf Castle Outstanding 2008.pdf Castle OPening of the Astro.pdf Castle New Changing Rooms.pdf Castle GCSE Grades.pdf Castle GCSE Grades 2.pdf Castle First Plans of new school.pdf Castle Academy Status.pdf Castle Academy Status Approved.pdf Castle Year of Success.pdf 09 CCC Signs (2).pdf

Castle Community School Prospectus Downloads




School Prospectus 1999-2000

School Prospectus 2001-2003

School Prospectus 2004-2005

Application for Admission to Sixth Form

Course Information Guide

School Prospectus (Date Unknown)

Deal and Sandwich Post 16 Course Information

School Prospectus Appendix 2003-2004

1999-2000.pdf 2001-2003.pdf 2004-2005.pdf CCS School Prospectus.pdf CCS Course Information.pdf Application fro Admission to Sixth Form.pdf Deal and Sandwich Post 16 Course Information.pdf School Prospectus Appendix 2003-2004.pdf

Please note the above prospectuses were produced when the school was named Castle Community School. These are for archive use only, and do not contain the courses we currently offer our students nor do the staff lists reflect the current teaching staff in the Academy. To view  the Goodwin Academy course guide 2016-2017, click here. To download a sixth form application form to apply to study at Goodwin Academy sixth form, click here.