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 Gaunt, Assistant Headteacher (Post 16)

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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 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

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

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