Ewell castle school

Ewell Castle School
Motto: Fac et Spera
Church Street, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey
United Kingdom
Type Independent
Religious affiliation(s) Church of England
Established 1926
Principal A J Tibble
Enrollment c. 350 Senior School, 200 Junior Schools
Colour(s) Red and Blue
Publication The Ewellian
School fees Up to £13,200 per annum (not including lunch costs, exam fees, extra curricular activities, school trips etc)
Ages 3 to 18
Former pupils Old Ewellians 'Wellies'

Ewell Castle School is a British independent day school for boys aged 3 to 18 and girls aged 3 – 11 and, from September 2013, 16 - 18 also. Founded in 1926 by Mr Herbert Budgell originally as a boarding school, it is located in Ewell, Surrey. The school consists of the Main House (affectionately known by Ewellians as 'The Castle'), Glyn House and Chessington Lodge. Headteachers are Mr M Holder-Williams (MA) of the Senior School, Mrs. M Phillips (BEd) of the Junior School and Mr AJ Tibble (BS) who is Principal.[1]

The school was last inspected in 2012.[2]

Tutors and teaching

The pupil to teacher ratio is around 11:1 which is very low by general school standards. Class sizes start at around twenty to twenty-five in the first year and are often below ten in the Sixth Form year. An average English or Maths class in GCSE years would have about 17 pupils in it.


The school has three Houses: Castlemaine, Raleigh and Essex (colours Gold, Blue and Red respectively). Pupils are assigned to a House as they start at the school, which they stay in throughout their school career. If a sibling of a Ewellian pupil were to join the school, they would be assigned to the same house.


The school's uniform in the Senior School consists of a blue blazer with red piping and crest, a red and blue striped tie (varitations of this are awarded for house/school colours or prefect status), shirt and charcoal trousers.

The shirt changes colour as the boy moves up the school: Blue for pupils in the Junior School right up to Lower Fourth, and white for pupils in Upper Fourth right up to Sixth Form.

During the Sixth Form students are required to wear a charcoal grey suit, or an all black suit.


At Ewell Castle, there are dozens of organisations known as societies, in many of which pupils come together to discuss a particular topic, presided over by a Master, the pupils fulfilling the role of 'Padowan'. The clubs range from Design, Sciences and Politics to Sports and recreation (e.g. Sailing, Duke of Edinburgh Award). In late 2008 a team from the school won first prize in the Epsom, Ewell and Banstead Schools’ Enterprise Challenge 2008.

Incentives and sanctions

Ewell Castle has a system for encouraging boys to produce a high standard of work. An excellent piece of work may be rewarded with a Merit, to be shown to the boy's tutors as evidence of progress. Parents can now gain access to the number of merits obtained by their sons by logging in to the Parents' Portal. The school deals effectively with any misdemeanours that may occur- discipline is something that Ewell takes pride in to ensure excellent behaviour and punctuality throughout the school.


The School has a very strong sporting reputation and the impressive grounds include rugby, tennis and cricket pitches. There are also cricket nets and athletics facilities. The school has a large, modern, multi-purpose Sports Hall complex that incorporates a multi-activity fitness suite.

Sporting fixtures are played in a wide range of sports against other independent schools such as Charterhouse, City of London Freemen's School, Halliford School, Eton, King's College School, St. James' School and The Oratory School.

Music and Drama


The entire lower floor of Glyn House is devoted to the schools many bands, choirs and solo artists. New equipment and soundproof rooms means music now plays an increasing role at Ewell, with the 'Castle Ravens' leading the surge in music.


Plays are put on every year at Ewell Castle, with the school plays often drawing large audiences.

Notable former pupils


External links

  • School website
  • BBC stats page

Coordinates: 51°21′03″N 0°14′48″W / 51.3507°N 0.2468°W / 51.3507; -0.2468

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