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.
The school was inspected on 17-18th April. We are very pleased with the outcome; the school receiving a grading of GOOD in a positive and encouraging report. Since the last inspection two years ago, the positive effect of the work done by staff, students, governors and parents has been recoginised. A copy of the report along with a copy of the accompanying letter sent to all parents by the Headteacher can be downloaded here.
Year 11 Revision
Please follow link to visit the Revision section in Moodle, remember that subjects have further material to help you revise in their sections of Moodle.
The latest version of the termly school Newsletter is available here.
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.
If you don’t already have a login and would like one please email:
The school in 2012 achieved better than ever results for its students who qualify for the Pupil Premium through Free School Meals. Our Value Added for these students shows that they made significantly better progress than the same group nationally. Read on our Curriculum Page in the Student section of our site how we spent our Pupil Premium money last year and what we are doing this year to build on the success we had.
Year 11 to meet Sixth Form Tutors
Year 11 students who have already said they intend to join the Sixth Form in September will meet their Sixth Form tutors for a brief meeting in the last week of term. This is a chance to discuss options, meet their tutor and ask any questions they might have.
Year 11 Open Evening
The Open Evening for Year 11 who want to join Year 12 next year is on Wednesday 30th January 2013. Invites and letters explaining the format of the evening will be sent out in the new year
Caldew has a thriving Sixth Form of 150 students who study a wide variety of A Level’s and BTEC Level 3 courses. Students from Caldew Sixth Form also partake in wide ranging volunteer activities as well as enrichment activities such as Young Enterprise and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Our Sixth Form students either go on to study at University all over the country or successfully enter the world of Employment.
To find out more about the exciting opportunities available at Caldew Sixth Form visit the Sixth Form page in the Students Section.
Caldew School is proud of the Transition Programme we run. Whether it’s a Year 6 student transferring to the School, a Year 9 thinking about Options, or a Year 11 considering their choices post 16, a comprehensive range of information and events is in place.
Year 6 to Year 7
We work closely with our feeder Primary Schools. The majority of our new Year 7 students have experienced lessons at Caldew prior to arriving. Our link work ranges from Science Days, Music Events, Maths for Gifted and Talented students to Sporting Events, plus much much more. As well as the Year 6 Open Evening held every September, we also hold an Open Afternoon in July when parents can come and see the school at work.
Year 9 Options
The process of Year 9 choosing their Options will begin with their Parents’ Evening in November, followed by a Careers fair and Options Evening.
Moving from compulsory education into further study and the world of work needs careful thought and consideration. Every student follows a programme through General Studies to help them along the decision process and this is supplemented by events held throughout the year.
For a list of all events please refer to the ‘Diary’ page.