Prospectus

Dear Parents,

I would like to wish you a warm welcome to Caldew School. It is always a pleasure to welcome new parents and students to our school each September. The first step along that journey involves you finding out something about us and in that respect, I hope this prospectus allows you to do just that.

I know that choosing the right secondary school for their child is one of the most important decisions a parent will make. You will want to feel confident that teaching standards are excellent; that our students achieve highly; that your child is well cared for and that the learning environment is welcoming and highly resourced to meet the demands of today’s technological age. Caldew School is a happy and vibrant place where dedicated, highly motivated teachers inspire students to achieve their goals. We know our students well and learning is tailored to ensure that each child achieves their potential and beyond. Expectations and standards are high. Whether it is their progress, classwork, homework, uniform or behaviour, we accept nothing less than excellence from each individual. Our partnership with parents is very important to us and we will work closely with you throughout your child’s time with us to nurture their aspirations, learning and achievement. 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.

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.

Caldew has a rich history and, over time, has established an enviable reputation as a school where students of all abilities flourish. 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.

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.

I hope this prospectus gives you a taste of the special qualities of our school. I would also encourage you not just to read about us, but to come and visit and see us at work.

Ms Vicki Jackson
Headteacher

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.

Ofsted 2018

Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is effective.

Ofsted 2018

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.

Ofsted 2018

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.

Ofsted 2018

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.

Ofsted 2018