We hope that it will provide you with useful information whether you are a student, 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.

Caldew School

Chris McAree

Headteacher

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You can view the latest Headteacher’s Bulletin here.

GCSE Success

We would like to congratulate all of our Year 11s for achieving tremendous levels of success in their GCSE exams. Early indications are that the school’s results have improved for the fifth year in succession, despite the numerous changes in the exam system. 99% of the students have secured at least 5 A*-G with 30% having achieved the Ebacc suite of GCSEs at grade C or above. The gap in performance between our Pupil Premium students and others has narrowed by 19%.

The real success of the year has been for our most able students, with more A* and A grades than ever before with 19 students securing 5 or more grades at A*/A, 9 gaining 8 or more A*/As. Mary Tyson and Katie Butcher deserve special mention with both having secured 9 A*s: a terrific achievement.

A Level and AS Level Success

The students in the 6th Form have achieved great success this year. The average points per student has increased substantially with an overall pass rate at A Level of 98%. The number of students achieving grades of at least AAB in the facilitating subjects has doubled resulting in an ever greater proportion of them progressing to the Russell Group Universities. All of our Year 13 students have been offered places at Universities of their choice and we wish them every success in their future studies. At AS Level the school’s pass rate has gone up by 11% and the number of A and B grades has increased by 10%. Given that this is the first year with no January module exams, with a national fall in overall results, we congratulate our students on continuing the school’s trend of achieving ever better outcomes.

Newsletter

The latest version of the School Newsletter can be found here. It provides a fascinating glimpse into the rich tapestry of activities our students are involved in across the community within the school and further afield.

Year 6 Open Evening

The school will hold its Year 6 Open Evening for admission in September 2015 on September 17th at 6:30pm.

Pupil Premium

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.

Year 12 Options form

To view the year 12 options form click here.

Induction Day

Please click here to view the 2014 Induction Day information.

Dress Code

Information on the 6th Form dress code from September 2014 can be found here.
Dress Code (letter for current Year 11)
Dress Code (letter for current Year 12)

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

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.

Learning Gateway

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:

webmaster@caldew.cumbria.sch.uk

Extra Curricular Timetable

To view the extra curricular time table click here

Upcoming Fixtures

Upcoming fixtures can be found here.

Records

Caldew School Track and Field Records can be found here.

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Special Educational Needs

Students’ achievement is improving rapidly- Ofsted 2013