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Flourishing in
learning and love

Welcome to
Castle Church of England Federation

We are very proud to work in partnership together as two Church of England schools in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire: Victoria Infant and Nursery School and The Thomas Coram School.

Our schools deliver, through partnership and collaboration, integrated and outstanding teaching and learning experiences for all children so they thrive and flourish in learning and love.

Mr R Halls
Executive Headteacher

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Our
Vision & Values

Our vision is flourishing in learning and love within a happy, Christian family.

Do everything in love  (1 Corinthians 16:14)

Our values are the ways that we seek to do things. As a Church of England federation, these are based on the Christian faith, but are values that are important to us, whatever our faith or background. The values are taught to children in order for them to have a knowledge and understanding of different life values and skills which will help to make them well rounded and valuable member of the community.

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Quotes from
Inspection Reports

  • Thomas Coram is a lovely school with excellent facilities for learning.Thomas Coram, Ofsted, 2018
  • Opportunities for fund-raising and charity giving also ensure that pupils are growing up with a sense of responsibility for the needy in the world.
    Victoria, SIAMS, 2015
  • Pupils are carefully nurtured from the moment they start.
    Thomas Coram, Ofsted, 2018
  • Leaders have established, and sustained, a deeply embedded and widely acknowledged Christian ethos that means the school’s values have a clear impact on behaviour, attitudes to learning and pupils’ enjoyment of school.
    Thomas Coram, SIAMS, 2014
  • The friendly, supportive and welcoming character of the school community (is clearly evident).
    Thomas Coram, Ofsted, 2018
  • The commitment of the clergy from St Peter’s Church is making a significant impact on the staff and pupils’ experience of collective worship and on the Christian character of the school.Victoria, SIAMS, 2015
  • Excellent relationships and behaviour result from a thorough understanding of the values.
    Thomas Coram, SIAMS, 2014
  • The core values spill over into relationships with parents many of whom are keen to support the school actively… They are extremely appreciative of the ways in which the school communicates with them and of the accessibility of senior leaders.
    Thomas Coram, SIAMS, 2014

Quotes from
People

  • Victoria Infant School has such an amazing and special community – very nurturing – and I feel very lucky to be a part of this community.
    Victoria Parent
  • The infant to junior school system has made my daughter more independent, which in turn has given her the skills to prepare her for the transition to secondary school.
    Thomas Coram Parent
  • Such a warm, friendly and inspiring infant school – great to see the children thrive and build their confidence.
    Victoria Parent
  • Meeting and making new friends in Year 3, and getting used to a larger school environment, and with lots of familiar faces for reassurance, is good preparation for the later transition to secondary school.
    Thomas Coram Parent
  • Victoria Infant School is the school I hoped my sons would go to – small, nurturing and totally focused on infant aged children. It is a perfect start to a child’s education and I am delighted my children are at such a lovely school.Victoria Parent
  • A separate infant school creates such a lovely atmosphere with it being smaller and close-knit. It enables the small children to feel comfortable in their environment and less intimidated, therefore happier in their learning.
    Victoria Parent
  • I have found through personal experience the move from infant to junior school has given the children the opportunity to develop their independence; I have also noticed a change in their maturity. At the end of Year 2, the transition was managed really well and has been seamless in my experience.
    Thomas Coram Parent
  • Separate infant schools give the children a great sense of self (being Year 2 – the oldest in their school) and security (4 year olds in a closer age group). Whole school integrated learning can be easily established. Altogether, something to be treasured!
    Victoria Parent