“Be the best you can be”

‘Be the best you can be’ – that was Olympian Craig Heap’s message when he visited Caldew School. Craig gave an inspiring talk on how hard he worked to achieve his goals before becoming captain of the men’s gold  medal gymnastic teams in 1998 and 2002. He has had thirteen operations throughout his career but never gave up on his dreams of getting a personal best at the Olympic games, something that he went on to do.

Craig now commentates for the BBC and has covered both the 2002 and 2016 Olympic Games.

We were delighted that he agreed to visit Caldew School again following his visit earlier in the year and to present our sports award winners with their certificates.


National Citizen Service (NCS) Community Sports Trust Award

Year 13 student Emily recently received the NCS Community Sports Trust Award. Emily was a participant on the Carlisle United NCS programme in the summer of 2015. During that time, Emily made a host of new friends, challenged herself and overcame her fears by taking a full and active part in a range of fun and challenging activities. On her home residential Emily worked tirelessly as part of a team, raising money for local charities and implementing a meaningful social action project within the city alongside other young people and staff.

Emily then returned as a volunteer on numerous occasions to support other groups and in the summer of 2016 she worked as a Graduate Leader to help bring another cohort of young people through the NCS programme. Emily has always approached every aspect of the NCS scheme in an enthusiastic and positive manner and in doing so she has helped many other students to succeed.  Her attitude and approach have undoubtedly inspired others around her and hopefully the experiences she encountered along the way will help Emily to achieve success for herself in the future. Well done, Emily.

Maths Challenge Winners

Congratulations to our Year 10 students who took part in the County Maths Challenge. They were overall winners.
Daniel Potter, Freya Taylor, Maggie Ma and Jai Kenny (pictured with Mr Thomas). Well done to you all.

Swimming Star

A huge congratulations to Year 8 student Jack Smith. Last week he attended the  Scottish National Age Groups Swimming Championships in Aberdeen.  Jack won three Gold medals  in the 100m breast, 200m butterfly and 400m Individual Medley to become 13 year old Scottish Open Champion and a Silver in the 200m Individual Medley and  a Bronze in the 100m butterfly.  Jack’s hard work and training is paying off!

Young Enterprise

Congratulations to the Young Enterprise Team, Twice Loved, who beat off stiff competition at the North Cumbria Area Finals recently. The team won Most Profitable Company, Best Company Report, Best Trade Stand and Overall Company Winners.

Good luck to the team in the next stage of the competition.


We recently presented Year 12 student Michael Johnstone with a cheque for £1,000 towards the fundraising campaign for a new prosthetic sports leg so that Michael can continue with the sport he loves.

A huge thank you to all who have donated to this appeal through the cake sale and loose change campaign held in school.

Results of Parents’ Evening Surveys

Visit the Parents page to read the results of our recent Parents’ Evenings surveys.

 School Celebrates GCSE Success

Our congratulations go to all the students who are receiving their results today, they mark the culmination of years of hard work and study. We are especially pleased to see the high number of A* and A grades being achieved by our students with 13 students having achieved 8 or more of these higher grades; nearly 40% of the year group gaining one or more A* or A. This is alongside the fact that 31% of the cohort has achieved the EBacc suite of qualifications. The number of students achieving Maths and English remains strong and is again above the anticipated national average. As a comprehensive school we are proud to see that every student will leave with at least 5 or more passes and that on the new Progress 8 measure we are confident that we have achieved a very positive result. Early indications are that every student has an apprenticeship or place to continue their studies further either in 6th Form or at college.

School Celebrates A Level Success

The students deserve congratulating on achieving excellent results again this year. Overall the results have maintained our strong record at A level with improvements in many areas to celebrate. We are particularly pleased that a third of the students have achieved at least one grade A, but equally so that 100% of students have two or more A level passes. Standout results include Mary Tyson with two A*s and an A, Lewis Green with an A* and two As and Lucy Wright with three A*s and an A. Lucy has gained entry to Oxford University to study Physics. With the vast majority of students being accepted to their first choice of university or onto degree apprenticeships, we wish them all the very best for the future.

The pass rate for AS exams has also improved since last year despite the introduction of the new, more rigorous exams. We look forward to welcoming the old Year 12 back as Year 13 in September.

Year 8 football kit


Thank you to Country Style Windows, proud sponsor of our new Year 8 football kit.