Sixth Form

Caldew has a thriving Sixth Form of 150 students, studying around 30 A Level and BTEC Level 3 Courses.

We have high expectations of our students just as their expectations of Caldew School will be. Whether they are with us for one or two years, have been here since Year 7, or are new to the school we want the Sixth Form to be a partnership between students, parents and teachers which leads to continuing development and success for every individual.

In some ways life in the Sixth Form is different from what is experienced in compulsory education between 11 and 16. There is more choice about what a student can study and there is more scope to pursue wider interests. In many subjects students are also taught in smaller groups and this allows them to develop a strong working relationship with their teachers. There is much more responsibility and autonomy given to students. Teachers will expect all students to be able to work more independently and they will expect them to show a real interest in their studies through undertaking wider reading and research. As students develop their understanding, demands will increase with everyone sharing the common goal of every student reaching their potential in their studies.

As a member of the Sixth Form every student acts as a role model for younger pupils in the school. This means your appearance; behaviour and attitude to learning must be of the highest standards at all times. If you cannot match these expectations then Caldew Sixth Form is not the place for you. However, if you do meet these expectations we will ensure that you will be ready to succeed in the next stage of your life, whether that is at University or in the world of work.

If you would like to look round or join us please Contact Mr James, Assistant Headteacher (Post 16)

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Students’ outcomes are good. A significant proportion of students typically attain the highest grades, including at A* to B, at A Level.

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

Students benefit from an education which enables them to move on to further success when they leave.

Ofsted 2018

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

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