I would like to wish you a warm welcome to Caldew School, a happy and vibrant place where dedicated, highly motivated teachers inspire students to achieve their goals.
Where every student is successful today and prepared for tomorrow
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We aim to provide the very best learning and personal development opportunities for every young person that we serve. Our students enjoy a high quality education in a school where they feel valued and cared for. We know our students well and learning is tailored to ensure that each child achieves their potential and beyond. As Headteacher, I am committed to nurturing, motivating and inspiring all individuals to recognise their worth, develop their self-belief and strive to achieve their aspirations and goals. I feel very privileged to be able to work with young people who endlessly impress me with their talents, skills and contributions both within and beyond the classroom.
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. Academic success is important and we place a high premium on equipping our students with the qualifications and skills they will need for their future working lives. We expect them to become the leaders of tomorrow in whatever field they choose to develop their careers. For some this will be by gaining degrees at Oxbridge or other universities, for others through further education or apprenticeships. Each route is equally valuable and it is by ensuring that every student maximises their potential, achieving the best results possible, that we secure this for every one of them in our care.
Expectations and standards are high. Whether it is students’ progress, classwork, homework, uniform or behaviour, we accept nothing less than excellence from each individual. Our partnership with parents is also very important to us. We firmly believe that students, parents and teachers must work closely together if we are to support every young person to unlock their potential and achieve.
As a school community, 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.
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.
We have a strong track record of good exam results at both GCSE and A level. Our students consistently achieve well and make good progress when compared with their peers nationally. We were delighted in August this year when our students achieved the best GCSE results the school has ever seen. This included improvements in the number of students achieving the highest GCSE grades 7-9.
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.
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.
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.
View our updated 6th Form prospectus here. Option forms are on the 6th Form page.
Congratulations to all our Learners of the Week. Ms Jackson enjoyed meeting them over hot chocolate and they all received 10 rewards points:
Year 7 : Lily P. was nominated by Miss Armstrong for her work in English, particularly her enthusiasm towards learning, excellent contributions and support towards her peers.
Year 8: Ashley Y nominated by Mrs Moody for persevering with a difficult piece of work and asking great questions.
Year 9 : George G nominated for Geography by Ms Capstick - In his second lesson George was a totally different student, he arrived to lesson on time, made a good decision about his choice of seat and then worked brilliantly for the rest of the lesson – answering questions, completing all tasks in his book to the best of his ability.
Year 10: Elliot B nominated by Mrs Moody for engagement in his lessons.
Year 11 : Rachael R nominated by Mrs Moody for attitude to learning, really trying hard in a subject she has struggled with in the past.
Year 12 : Ewan W nominated by Mr Looker. Ewan has made a great start on A-level Physics, he has completed the first two homework’s to a high standard, taking care to be accurate with his maths. He is well organised and has communicated well with his partner in group discussions.
Year 13: Elisha C nominated by Mrs Hill. She found returning to rates of reaction and the calculations involved rather overwhelming, but she has asked questions and persevered and her understanding and confidence have increased massively.
Ashley was also nominated as the Head Teacher Learner of the Week.
Information about Year 12 study leave can be found here.
Information on the Sixth Form dress code can be found here.
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 child’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.
The SIMs Learning Gateway (SLG) is a way for parents to keep track of how their children are doing at school. It is a web based secure portal that gives parents direct access to the information that is held about their children on the school’s management system (SIMs). In order to view the information fully you will need to be using Internet Explorer 11 or a similar up to date web browser. We hope that providing you with access to this information will enable you to give more support to your children so that together we can ensure that they achieve their potential.
All parents will have access to the information held on SIMs about their children. This includes LIVE register data, interim and written reports, achievement and behaviour logs and contact information.
NEW: 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.
We have a resourced provision for Autistic Spectrum Condition students here at Caldew School. Support and intervention is provided in mainstream lessons and within the provision for students with Autism. Social, communication and life skills groups are also provided for these students.
To view our Student Needs Policy, please click here.
Requests for copies
If a parent/carer requests a paper copy of the information on this website, we will provide this free of charge.
Leaders’ plans to support the pastoral transition of pupils from primary school are thorough. Year 7 pupils with whom Inspectors spoke were positive about the school
Leaders have reviewed the curriculum, so that the courses offered match pupils’ needs and interests and prepare them for their next steps in education or employment effectively
Students’ outcomes are good. A significant proportion of students typically attain the highest grades, including at A* to B, at A Level
The strengthening of care and support has had a positive impact on most pupils. It was clearly visible when inspectors met pupils during the inspection. They demonstrated confidence as learners, and typically enjoyed positive interactions with one another and adults
Leaders have taken positive steps to widen pupils’ participation in the range of cultural, creative and sporting activities that take place beyond lessons, including for the significant proportion of pupils who do not live locally
Students make good progress because of the typically strong standard of teaching
Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is effective
The support for pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan is matched to their specific requirements. Consequently, these pupils typically make good progress and move on to next steps in education and employment
Students benefit from an education which enables them to move on to further success when they leave