Last Day of Term
The last day of term is Friday 20 July 2018. School finishes at 1:15pm and students are expected to go home as normal using their usual form of transport. The school buses have been re-arranged to pick students up from the school at this time.
If students choose to go out for the afternoon they should only do so after they have first returned home. Students who do not live in Dalston will be instructed to leave on their normal buses and we would appreciate parents/carers reinforcing this message with students to avoid potential conflict.
We return to school on Wednesday 5 September 2018. A full list of 2018/19 term dates is available here.
Caldew School Statement - Monday 2 July 2018 3.30pm
Caldew School was inspected by OFSTED on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th June 2018. This recent inspection has deemed that Caldew School ‘Requires Improvement’.
Headteacher, Vicki Jackson, said:
“The report reflects our drive to improve and recognises the hardworking staff and wonderful students at Caldew School. The inspectors particularly noted the significant improvements that have been made in the school recently, pointing out that “the standard of education the school provides is on an upward trajectory”, that “teaching is improving and is good across a range of subjects” and that this is leading to “progress improving overall”. The inspectors also pointed out that “Senior leaders, including governors, have demonstrated the capacity to improve the standard of education provided by the school.”
We are pleased that our Sixth Form was judged as ‘Good’. Inspectors said that the Sixth Form provides a good standard of education and consequently, most students attain strong outcomes and move on to suitable next steps in education and employment. A significant proportion of students typically attain the highest grades, including at A* to B, at A level and that students who met with inspectors were positive about the standard of education that they receive. They spoke with maturity and represented leaders’ high expectations credibly.
The inspection also highlighted areas where we have already begun to make improvements and we remain committed to the belief we are moving in the right direction. It was encouraging that the inspection team identified the same issues that we had, which cements our self-evaluation as accurate. It says that "leaders have recognised the school's priorities for improvement, have sensible plans in place and have already made a positive difference to the standard of education in the school". They found that the school is moving in the right direction and we will use the report as a further mandate to continue on this improvement journey. We will all learn from this inspection and be a better school as a result.
We are proud of our students, who represented us wonderfully and whose conduct and positive attitudes to learning are noted in the report. I would like to thank them and their parents for their unwavering desire to see the school and their education thrive, as reflected in the Parent View responses. I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the staff who have supported us on this improvement journey and who have already had a positive impact on standards. I would also like to acknowledge the Governing Body and our Chair for their constant support and challenge which is helping me to achieve the highest possible standards for our school and community."
In a letter to parents today Vicki Jackson said:
“The report has identified that Senior Leaders, including governors have demonstrated the capacity to improve the standard of education in the school. I hope that this gives you confidence that we have both the commitment and ability to improve Caldew School to ensure your children have a high quality education. Over the last two years, we have made changes to improve the experiences and outcomes for your children. The wider Caldew team and I are all determined that the standard of education we provide will continue to improve.”
She went on to say:
“Please be assured that we are already moving forward decisively in those areas where we need to improve. However, as some of our practice is already outstanding and some firmly good, it is our challenge to see that, as a school, every element of our work reaches these levels. This is a challenge we hope you and Caldew’s students will support me and the wider Caldew team in achieving.
Thank you for all your support over the past two years, which I personally value and which continues to inspire me and my wider team.”
View the full report here.
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The Year 6 Open Evening for students looking to join the school in September 2019 takes place on Thursday 27 September 2018 from 6.30pm. Come along and chat to our fantastic students, our staff and the Headteacher.
A prospectus will automatically be sent out to all of our catchment schools in early September. If your child is not in a catchment school please call the school office on (01228) 710044 and we will post a copy out to you.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Caldew School is committed to protecting the rights and privacy of individuals in accordance with its legal obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which come into force on 25 May 2018. Our GDPR Policy and ICT Acceptable Use Policy are available on the Governors page, and our Privacy Notice is available on the Parents page.
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Seven of our students alongside ex-student Sam recently completed a sponsored swim with other young swimmers from across Carlisle. They raised a staggering £4,000 for Eden Valley Hospice – we are very proud of you all and well done Sam for organising.
Carlisle Music and Drama Festival
Well done to all the students who took part in the Carlisle Music and Drama Festival last week. We are all very proud of you! The students represented the school so well and are a great credit to us all. This success would not be possible without the dedication of staff so thank you to Mrs Cooper, Ms Brownlee, Mrs Openshaw and Miss Howie for all their hard work and support for our students.
A huge congratulations to all 34 musicians who took part in this year’s festival. A highlight of the week was the Caldew School Choir, who won their class. The choir are:
Ellie, Harley, Emma, Isla, Eleanor, Sophie, Erin, Bella, Meredith, William, Sadie, Ingrid, Anastasia, Eve, Katie, Daisy, Charlotte, Izzy, Kerrianne, Imogen, Caroline, Emma, Paige and Oriana.
A big well done to Emily who performed her first solo (flute) and achieved a ‘highly commended’. Congratulations to Olivia who came 2nd in her class (clarinet) and to William (photo below) who came 1st in both Pianoforte Open Class and Pianoforte 15-18 Class. The woodwind instrumental ensemble came 2nd and also deserve a huge well done.
Congratulations and thanks to all 21 students who performed so well in the Drama classes. A special mention goes to Emma and Jack for coming 2nd in their class and Ellie and Nathan (photo below) for coming 1st in their class. Also a big congratulations to Oriana , Mark , Harrison and Isla who came 2nd in the Spoken Word Challenge!
Following the uniform review over the past few months, letters have been posted home to parents/carers to let them know the changes that have been agreed by Governors and will be introduced in September 2018. These changes will be for the current Years 7, 8 and 9 and students currently in Year 6 who will be joining us in September. Please click here for further details.
View our updated 6th Form prospectus here. Option forms are on the 6th Form page.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
A huge congratulations to all the DofE Bronze Award achievers. This week Lisa Hignett, who co-ordinates the Duke of Edinburgh Award for Cumbria County Council, visited us in school to present the awards to the 45 students who have completed the award and will now move on to the Silver. A special thank you to Mr Sharpe and Mr Thomas for their continued commitment to this fantastic extra-curricular activity. Each student that received their Bronze Award participated in three months volunteering, three months physical activity and three months skills activity as well as a 2 day/1 night expedition.
Online Reading Lists
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Upcoming FixturesLink to the sports and clubs page Caldew School Track and Field Records
Read our Pupil Premium Page to see how we used the Pupil Premium Grant last year and how we plan to use it again to further raise the achievement of our students in 2017/18.
Year 7 Catch Up
Read more about our Year 7 Catch Up Funding here