Caldew School, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 7NN
01228 710044

Headteacher: Ms Vicki Jackson
Chair of Governors: Mrs Jennie Wilkinson MBE, JP
SENCo: Mrs Fiona Cruickshank-Hunter

Options on our Telephone System

We have a menu/options procedure on our telephone system. This is to enable us to handle your calls more efficiently. In order to help you make the correct choice when contacting us, please see the options below:

  • Option 3 for Attendance (to report an absence, medical appointment or speak to the Attendance Officer)
  • Option 4 for Student Reception
  • Option 6 for the Business Manager
  • or hold to speak to one of our receptionists at Main Reception. 

Any queries from parents or the general public shall be dealt with by the member of staff with whom the query is relevant for. E.g. Teaching and Learning queries about specific subjects are dealt with by Head of Department.

Attendance at Caldew School

If your child needs to be absent from school for any reason, please contact us before 9.30am on each day of absence on 01228 710044 (option 3) or send a text message to 07860 055816 (this mobile number is for texts only – please don’t try and call it).

If you do not inform the school when your child is absent, we will call or send you a text to inform you of their absence. Any absence that goes unreported will be unauthorised. It is of vital importance that you contact us in the event of each absence – this is to ensure that your child’s whereabouts are known and that they are safe.

Please see the Staff List for details of staff email addresses.

Staff have high expectations for pupils’ and students’ behaviour and learning. Pupils and students behave well in lessons and around the school site. They are polite to each other and look out for others in the school.

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

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

An effective programme of personal development has been created for pupils in key stages 3 and 4. This prepares pupils well for their future, giving them opportunities to have important discussions about healthy relationships, social and moral issues.

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