Edale CE Primary School

Information for prospective parents

After being put into 'special measures' by Ofsted in February 2017, the governors appointed a new headteacher Mrs Lees, who has consistently led Castleton School to 'good' ratings to date. She, the governors and staff have gone further than just addressing the issues raised in the inspection. Ofsted were really complimentary about the progress and changes made during their recent visits and confirmed that we were on track to be back to 'good' by July 2018.


The school really is now a vibrant, forward thinking and unique place for children to be. We will be growing in size and strength year on year from now and we'd love to welcome you and your child to become a part of this.


Edale is easier to get to than you think. Just 15 minutes from Chapel-en-le-Frith and connected to Hope, Whaley Bridge and Chinley by the railway it's actually not difficult to get to us at all.


Please come and look around our school to see what a fabulous start it gives the children here.

And Edale School is now out of ‘special measures’! After a further full inspection visit by Ofsted inspectors in June 2018, they have now judged the school to be ‘Good’. Moving to a ‘Good’ rating in 16 months from ‘Inadequate’ is very unusual. Of the 166 primary schools judged inadequate across the country and in special measures in the 2016/17 academic year, only one other school across the country has been judged Good and out of special measures other than Edale School. This has been achieved by dedicated efforts on the part of teachers, support staff and governors to reach the best possible outcomes for the school’s children. We owe Mrs Lees and all the staff at the school, both teachers, teaching assistants and support staff, a huge debt of thanks, and also to everyone else within the community who has worked to support or to help with the funding of the school through this difficult period.  Those who haven’t recently been in to the school will find it has developed so much over the last two years and the happiness of the children is evident as you walk through the door………

 Mrs Lees is going back to be sole Head of Castleton from September 2018, to fulfil the commitment she has to that school, and we have now formally linked with Hope Primary School, which allows us to contemplate a strong future with excellent leadership from Mrs Winfield as Head of Edale School and oversight from Miss Fisher as Executive Head Teacher. In this first year eleven of the Hope Year 6 will spend every morning here at Edale, which means nearly 20 children in the school every day.