Welcome to our web site and thank you for your interest in Castle Hill Primary School.

Our motto “Aiming for Excellence” and “Manners Matter” captures the essence of our school's key aims. We wish to provide the very best for your child in a disciplined, hardworking and, most importantly, happy environment.

In October 2019 we were delighted to be the first county school in the UK and also the first state school globally to be accredited as a High Performance Learning World Class School. We started this rigorous journey to World Class status in 2018 and our teachers, pupils and parents have embraced the HPL style of teaching and learning. The characteristics and attributes prepare our pupils to succeed in learning and in life.

Our ethos has been cited as outstanding as has the behaviour of our children, by Ofsted. We also believe that "Manners Matter" and aim to prepare your child for the future by providing them a structured, disciplined, inspirational, yet happy learning environment. 

“The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. The school motto Manners Matter is understood and adhered to by all pupils. Pupils show respect for other pupils, teachers and visitors by listening carefully and responding to questions appropriately and maturely. Pupils are exceptionally proud of their school and they relish the responsibilities given to them.” Ofsted Report 2018.

If you value high expectations, manners, school uniform, competition and hard work as highly as we do, then come and visit us. We aim for excellence in everything we do while working in partnership with our parents as our school continues to grow year on year.

Mr John DF Martin MA
Executive Headteacher, Castle Hill Primary School



Executive Headteacher of Castle Hill Primary School, a multi award-winning school in Basingstoke.

When appointed 33 years ago (as one of the youngest Headteachers in the country), he took over a school threatened with closure, which then went on to become one of the most improved schools nationwide.

Each of the seven Ofsted Inspections at Castle Hill Primary under John’s headship, have highlighted his outstanding leadership and team work skills. This was also the case when John worked for the DfE, where he had responsibility for CPD initiatives in 19 local authorities.

John has been cited in World Class Britain, is a Common Purpose Graduate, a Fellow of Winchester University, Advisor to the Government on the National Curriculum Review Committee and has presented at numerous key national conferences around the country.

A strong believer in team work, John is supported by an outstanding Senior Leadership Team and excellent staff. The team includes seven ex-pupils, who are refreshingly direct!

A firm believer in never standing still, John is keen to learn from others, share ideas and learn the rules of Mornington Crescent!

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our website.

Castle Hill Primary School has demonstrated over many years that it is an excellent school, with an exceptionally talented and committed team. Across the complex split site landscape, we always aim to put your child at the centre of excellent learning and opportunity. This was recognised in 2019 with our recent attainment of World Class status, selection for the Parliamentary Review, plus our very good Ofsted assessment in 2018. We’ve also historically won small business awards and Charter Marks for excellence. The Governing Body works very closely with the school leadership team to maintain this very high standard and the school maintains close links with parents and the local community striving to achieve our motto of "Aiming for Excellence".

It is our belief that by working towards these aims, and with the right support, every child has the ability to reach their full potential. If you share our values and vision, I would encourage you to come and visit us where, I am sure, you will be made to feel most welcome.

Mr Graeme Train
Chair of Governing Body