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.
We will be open from 8.00am on A Level Results Day (Thursday 16 August) and GCSE Results Day (Thursday 23 August). Results can be collected in person from main Reception. If students are unable to collect their exam results themselves, they can be collected by a nominated person or emailed - please notify us in writing (letter or email) indicating your preference before Results Day.
First Day of Term
The first day of term for students in Years 7 to 12 is Wednesday 5 September. The first day of term for students in Year 13 is Thursday 6 September. 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.
Parent Carer Forum
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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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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.
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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
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