Castle School rescue plan fails

  • 20th February 2024

A plan to save a Welsh independent school from closure has failed, the Pembrookshie Herald has reported.

Castle School, a co-educational private school for children aged three to 16 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, alerted parents last month that the school was having to close following the loss of key leadership team members, the financial and operational challenges of managing multiple school inspections, the unsuccessful transition to a new management model, and the school’s decision to close its sixth form and nursery.

Then the parents of a Year 5 pupil at the school, Dr Mark Boulcott, a retired army officer turned dentist, proposed a plan to save the school. This has now been deemed “untenable”.

In correspondence with pupils’ parents Boulcott said: “It is with regret that without immediate extensive capital investment, something we do not have, school purchase resurrection or reorganisation is impossible.”

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