OFSTED INSPECTION

Monday, 12th September 2022

Caldew School was inspected by OFSTED on 21st and 22nd  June 2022 and we are delighted to announce that the school has been judged as Good  The report gives a judgment in 5 areas and these are:

 

Quality of Education                                                                                      Good

Behaviour                                                                                                           Good

Personal Development                                                                                  Good

Leadership                                                                                                          Good

Sixth Form                                                                                                           Good

 

 

The inspectors spent a lot of time talking to students about their experiences  at Caldew. Students said they “are proud to attend Caldew School. They feel well supported, happy and safe in this welcoming community. There are high levels of trust and respect between pupils, students and staff”. It means a lot to all the staff that our young people spoke positively about their school.

 

The report highlights many strengths including breadth and ambition in the curriculum, effective assessment, the provision for students with special educational needs, good student behaviour, students have confidence that if they report any issues they will be dealt with, Personal Development in Y7-11, careers guidance in Y7-13, extra-curricular clubs and safeguarding. 

 

Headteacher, Vicki Jackson, said:

“The report reflects our drive to improve and recognises the hardworking staff and wonderful students at Caldew School. The inspectors noted the significant improvements that have been made in the school, pointing out that “Leaders have made significant progress in improving the school since the previous inspection. They have focused on creating a broad and ambitious curriculum which meets the needs of pupils and students, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)”. I am particularly proud that inspectors said “Leaders have created a welcoming and supportive environment at this school. Pupils and students achieve well in their learning. They are well prepared for their next steps in education, employment or training”

“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 and carers 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:

“Please be assured that we continue to be committed to improving the school and that we will not become complacent now that we have been judged as good. We know that there are areas where we can improve and we are determined to give every child who attends Caldew School the best education possible.  Thank you for all your support over the past few years which I personally value and which continues to inspire me and my wider team.”

Pupils including students in the sixth form, are proud to attend Caldew School. They feel well supported, happy and safe in this welcoming community. There are high level of trust and respect between pupils, students and staff.

Ofsted 2022

There is a strong culture of safeguarding in place, with clear systems to record any concerns. Leaders keep safeguarding relevant to all members of the school community through regular updates, training, alerts and reminders.

Ofsted 2022

Leaders provide effective careers guidance to pupils from Year 7 through to Year 13. Clear guidance, including preparation for interviews and ‘Work Ready Days’, helps pupils and students to make considered choices for their next steps.

Ofsted 2022

Leaders have created a welcoming and supportive environment at this school. Pupils and students achieve well in their learning. They are well prepared for their next steps in education, employment and training.

Ofsted 2022

Leaders have made significant progress in improving the school since the previous inspection. They have focused on creating a broad and ambitious curriculum which meets the needs of pupils and students, including those with special educational needs and /or disabilities (SEND).

Ofsted 2022