We hope that it will provide you with useful information whether you are a pupil, parent, member of staff, governor or a member of the public simply interested in finding out more about our thriving school.
Established over 50 years ago Caldew has earned a well deserved reputation as a school where students of all abilities excel. We cater for just over 1000 young people aged 11-18 years of whom 150 are in full time post 16 education in the school’s flourishing sixth form. Our school is big enough to enable us to provide a wide range of courses to match learners’ strengths and interests. Yet it is not so big that we cannot get to know them all well and help them develop into unique and self confident individuals.
Our students follow a traditional curriculum, regularly achieving the highest levels of attainment possible with substantial numbers progressing to the most prestigious Universities. We remain though a comprehensive school and as such welcome students of all abilities. It is this mix of students that allows them all to make substantial progress in their time with us while growing into responsible, active members of society.
Expectations of our students are very high, for this we make no excuse nor indeed should we need to. As a school we have a commitment to securing the best. Whether it is the students’ uniform, homework, classwork or behaviour we accept nothing less than excellence from each individual.
As a school we constantly challenge ourselves to learn and improve. It is dedication to lifelong learning and high ambitions that enables staff and students alike to inspire each other on to ever greater heights. This is the spirit in which every Caldew student develops during their time with us.
You can view the latest Headteacher’s Bulletin here.
Caldew Community Christmas Concert
We will be holding our annual Community Christmas Concert on Tuesday 17th December at 7pm, in St. Michael’s Church, Dalston. Tickets are FREE and can be obtained from our main school reception. This is always a highly popular event, with the opportunity to experience drama, readings, poetry, traditional Carols and popular Christmas music, all performed by our talented performing arts students, so make sure you get your ticket(s) soon!
Student Christmas Market Stalls
Two groups of students are currently involved in different enterprise activities, both of whom will be having stalls in Carlisle City Centre on the run up to Christmas. On Saturday 7th December, 15 Year 10 students will be participating in Small Business Saturday and will be having a stall in the main Carlisle Covered Market, next to the Bus Station exit. They will be selling freshly made holly wreaths, living Christmas trees, along with a small variety of festive gifts. A percentage of their profits will be donated to Cash4Kids – the students’ own chosen charity to support other young people in the local area.
Then on Saturday 14th December, 14 Year 12 students who have formed a Young Enterprise Company called TyDy, will have a trade stand in a special area set up outside the Town Hall. They will be selling tie-dyed t-shirts, which they made themselves, at very reasonable prices.
Our students would very much appreciate your support if you get chance to visit their stands and hopefully invest in a few items to brighten up your festivities.
Read on our Curriculum Page how we spent our Pupil Premium money in 2012-13 and what we are doing in 2013-14 to narrow the gap between the attainment of those on Free School Meals and our other students.
A reminder to students in Year 13 that the official UCAS application deadline is 15th January 2014 at 6pm, but it is well known that many Universities favour those who get their applications in early, so make sure you submit yours in plenty of time!
6th Form Open Evening
For those students considering joining the Caldew School 6th Form in September 2014, the Open Evening will be on Wednesday 29th January 2014, at 7pm.
Year 13 Progression
This term is a vital one for Year 13 students who are either applying to university or looking to apply for jobs and apprenticeships to start when A Levels are complete. Students will be working with tutors on developing their applications this term and if you have any queries on any aspect of this please contact your son or daughter’s form tutor.
Year 12 will be developing their study skills with a course of lessons delivered by Mrs Bell in the library over the coming weeks. These lessons should help them to develop the skills needed to be an independent sixth form student and are a major part of helping Year 12 adjust to the demands of sixth form studies. If any parents have any queries about how you can help to support this please contact Mr James at the school.
To find out more about the exciting opportunities available at Caldew Sixth Form visit the Sixth Form page in the Students Section.
The Learning Gateway gives you access to the schools data system so that you can see your child’s attainment, attendance and effort data. Through this system it is possible to download and view yours child’s full reports as well as their interim reports. It also allows you to view the contact details we have for you so you can check we have the correct information.
NEW: The latest updates to the Learning Gateway now mean that you can view the details from any Mobile device such as an iPad, iPhone or Android phone.
If you don’t already have a login and would like one please email: