Press Statement from Headteacher Ms. Jackson
We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of one of our students. Ingrid was exceptional in many ways and contributed fully to all aspects of life at Caldew School. She was a highly conscientious student who always gave her best and was a delight to have as a member of our close school community. She actively took part in many school events including the school choir, performing arts productions and was a pupil librarian. Ingrid was always kind and supportive of others and we will miss her greatly. We send our sincere condolences to her family, our thoughts go out to her sister who is also a member of our school and we will do all we can to support her.
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School Performance Tables
In August our student’s received their GCSE and A level results and we were very proud and delighted that they achieved the best results the school has had. This included significant improvements in the GCSE results in Maths, Science and History. These were the three subjects mentioned in the OFSTED report and these results show that improvements have already been made in these areas. The provisional 2018 school performance tables have now been published by the Department for Education and these confirm the improvements in our exam results. Our Progress 8 score is positive. Progress 8 measures the performance of students across eight subjects including Maths, English, three EBacc subjects and 3 other subjects. Our Attainment 8 score which is the average grade across the same eight subjects is above both national and Cumbria averages. Our EBacc points score is also above both national and Cumbria averages. This is the average grade achieved by students in maths, English, two science subjects, a humanities and a language. The Performance Tables can be viewed at www.gov.uk/school-performance-tables
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GCSE Exam Results
Students and staff at Caldew School are celebrating their GCSE results.
Vicki Jackson, Headteacher, said “We are very proud of our students’ achievements in their GCSE examinations. It is especially true this year where there have been even more changes to the examination system. There have been significant changes including students having to sit more exams than ever before, the removal of controlled assessments and the introduction of the new grading system across a wide range of subjects. Despite these changes we are very pleased with our results and I want to congratulate all of our students for these results that are a testament to their dedication, resilience and hard work .”
Standout results include:
Lucy Hunter who achieved 4 grade 9s in History, Religion, Biology and Chemistry, 3 grade 8s in Language, Maths and Physics and a further 1 A and 2 6s
Neve Sowerby who achieved 4 grade 9s in Biology, Chemistry, English Literature and English Language, 3 grade 8s in Maths, Physics and Computing, 2 A* in Media Studies and General Studies and a further 2 grade 5s
Jessica Plunkett achieved 3 grade 9s in Biology, Art and Religion along with 5 grade 8s in Chemistry, Physics, History, English literature and English Language, 1 grade 7 in Maths and 1 grade 6.
Olivia Green who achieved 3 grade 9 in Art, Religion and History, 2 grade 8s in English Literature and English Language, 4 grade 7s in Maths, French, Chemistry and Physics and 1 grade 6.
Holly Howson who achieved 3 grade 9s in English Literature, PE and Religion along with 2 grade 8s in English Language and History, 1 grade 7 in Biology and a further 2 grade 6s and 1 grade 5.
Lydia Richardson who achieved 2 grade 9s in French and Religion along with 5 grade 8s in English Language, History, Maths, Biology and Physics and 2 grade 7s in Chemistry and English Literature
Ewan Westgate who achieved 2 grade 9s in Biology and Chemistry, 4 grade 8s in Geography, Maths, Music and Physics, 3 grade 7s in Computing, English Language and Spanish, 1 A* in General Studies, 1 A in Product Design and 1 grade 6.
Freya Taylor who achieved 2 grade 9s in Biology and Physics, 2 grade 8s in Maths and Chemistry , 4 grade 7s in English Literature, English Language, History and Music, A* in General Studies and 2 grade 6s.
Macey Brown who achieved 1 grade 9 in Religion, 5 grade 8s in PE, Geography, Maths, Biology and Chemistry, 3 grade 7s in English Literature, English Language and Physics and 1 grade 6
Lucy Gate who achieved 1 grade 8 in Religion, 1 grade 8 in History, 6 grade 7s in English Literature, English language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics , 1 A* in Media Studies and 1 grade 6.
A Level Exam Results
We are once again delighted with our students A level results. Vicki Jackson, Headteacher, said “I would like to congratulate all our students on achieving excellent results again this year. They have worked incredibly hard over the last two years and have shown a real determination to succeed. I would also like to thank all the teachers and support staff at Caldew School for their hard work and commitment that has helped our students be so successful and to parents and carers who have worked with us in supporting their children. Overall the results have maintained our strong record at A level and there are improvements in many areas. I am very proud to see our Year 13 students’ progress to the next stage of their lives, whether this be at university, on an apprenticeship or in the work place and I would like to take this opportunity to wish them every success”.
The overwhelming majority of Caldew School’s students will be able to attend their first choice university, and will study courses including Sciences, Languages, Mathematics, Engineering, Computing and the Arts at some of the country’s top universities. Anna McDonald has achieved exceptional results with A*s in both Biology and Chemistry and a grade A in Physics and will be going to Oxford University to study Natural Sciences.
Other standout results include Adam Lofthouse with an A* in Maths and 2 As in Further Maths and Law; he will be taking a gap year before going to University, India Ross, with 2 A*s in Maths and Physics and an A in Further Maths, will be going to the University of Leeds to study Civil Engineering, Emily Williamson, with 2 A*s in Maths and Physics and an A in Chemistry, will be going to the University of Newcastle to study Chemistry and Emma Wright, with 2 A*s in Biology and Chemistry and an A in Maths, will be going to Loughborough University to study Biological Sciences.
Talented musician William Nixon is going to study Piano at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Michael Johnstone has overcome personal adversity and will be going to the University of South Wales. Michael overcame a life changing injury to complete his studies and secure his place studying Sports Coaching at the University of South Wales with the support of Carlisle United.
Mr James, Head of Sixth Form, commented “It has been a privilege to work with this year group, they were an enthusiastic and hardworking group of students. I wish them every success in the future”.
As always there are a number of queries over re-marks and grade boundaries and so, once the official DfE September checking exercise has been completed we will issue our headline data.
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