Castleton Primary School
This Community Primary School is situated in the heart of Castleton towards the western boundary of the North York Moors National Park. It serves the villages of Castleton, Westerdale and Commondale. The main school was built in 1874 and at one time provided schooling for over 100 children aged 5 - 14 in one large room. Today we have 37 on roll and this Victorian building is divided into two classrooms, a computer suite, and an office and staff room. It also includes cloakrooms and toilets and a small kitchen where midday meals are cooked every day. The Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage children are taught in a separate and suitably furnished classroom, which is very well resourced for this younger group.
You can find the village of Castleton nestling on the edge of Danby High Moor, lying on North Yorkshire's meandering River Esk.
The village has a rich history, stretching as far back as the Iron Age - the earthworks and cairns from which are still visible in the surrounding moorland. Castleton owes it's name to a timber Norman castle that stood near where the centre of the village is today and the motte is still visible.
Once home to cattle markets, cheese fairs and a silk mill, Castleton has kept up with the times just fine and now boasts a number of amenities such as a bank, garage and small supermarket. Trains to Whitby and Middlesbrough run daily as well as a regular bus service and Castleton Tea Rooms are a popular spot for weary travellers on the many walks that pass through.