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.
Year 11 revision material
For year 11 revision material click here.
Rotary Interact Club
The school is proud that on Friday 7th February the new Rotary Interact Club will have its charter evening. Caldew is the first school in Cumbria to have its own Interact Club and we look forward to the students making a real success of it. Our thanks go to the Rotary Club of Carlisle Castle for working with us to form the new student led group and their ongoing support.
6th Form Applications
Thank you to the record number of students who attended our 6th Form Evening. If you wish to proceed with an application to join the 6th Form please hand the completed options form in at the school. For further information or to discuss anything further please contact Mr James, Head of 6th Form.
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 6.30pm.
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: