Curriculum

The curriculum at Caldew School is designed to support our vision statement:

 

It is our aim that the curriculum at Caldew:

· Has students at its heart.

· Is fit for purpose, ambitious, broad and balanced, offering differentiation and personalisation as required.

· Prepares all students for a successful working life in a 21st century global society.

· Enables students firstly to achieve and then exceed national standards in achievement, attainment and progression.

· Promotes the development of students’ SMSC understanding, including fundamental British Values.                                                                                                                                 

At Caldew students follow a traditional curriculum, supplemented where appropriate with more vocational courses or wider learning experiences


Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 covers Years 7-9. The first 3 years of secondary school. Students in KS3 have to study a number of compulsory subjects based on the National Curriculum.

 To view the curriculum our students follow, please click on one of the subjects below:

 
The teaching of Relationships Sex and Health Education (RSHE) now falls under statutory guidance. These topics are taught predominantly through Learning For Life lessons which are supported through tutor time activities and assemblies. These schemes of work show when and how RSHE topics are taught in the LFL curriculum.

Key Stage 4

We believe in the majority of students following traditional GCSE courses.

All students will study:

  • English Language and English Literature
  • Maths
  • Physics, Chemistry & Biology or Combined Science
  • Religious Studies / Citizenship (RPE & SfL). 

All students have regular PE lessons.

The remainder of the curriculum is made up of four optional subjects chosen by the students.

The courses they choose from are: (Please click a course title for course details)

Year 10 Specification Year 11 Specification
GCSE Art & Design AQA AQA
BTEC Level 1/Level2 Animal Care Edexcel Edexcel
GCSE Business Studies Edexcel Edexcel
National Certificate in Child Development OCR OCR
GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) AQA AQA
GCSE Computer Science OCR OCR
GCSE Design & Technology AQA AQA
GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition AQA AQA
National Certificate Engineering Design - OCR
GCSE Drama - AQA
English Language AQA AQA
English Literature AQA AQA
GCSE Geography AQA AQA
GCSE History Edexcel Edexcel
National Certificate Health & Social Care OCR OCR
ICT iMedia OCR OCR
GCSE Maths (AQA) - -
GCSE Maths (Edexcel) Edexcel Edexcel
GCSE Media Studies Eduqas Eduqas
GCSE French AQA AQA
GCSE Spanish - AQA
GCSE Music Eduqas Eduqas
GCSE PE OCR OCR
National Certificate Sports Science OCR OCR
PE Core - -
GCSE Religion, Philosophy & Ethics AQA Course A AQA Course A
GCSE Biology AQA AQA
GCSE Chemistry AQA AQA
GCSE Physics AQA AQA
Learning for Life - -
Level 1/Level 2 Technical Award in Performing Arts AQA -
GCSE Photography AQA AQA
 
The teaching of Relationships Sex and Health Education (RSHE) now falls under statutory guidance. These topics are taught predominantly through Learning For Life lessons which are supported through tutor time activities and assemblies. These schemes of work show when and how RSHE topics are taught in the LFL curriculum.

Sixth Form

The school has an extensive offer for Sixth Form students with over 20 A Levels to choose from as well as some Applied Courses. Further details are available in the Sixth Form section of the website.

Equality Act and SEND

In our approach to the curriculum we ensure that we comply with our duties set out in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 where we ensure we are making the curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs. Our staff ensure that we differentiate teaching and learning strategies to make the curriculum assessable to all SEND students. Each subjects curriculum intent has been designed to take into account the needs of SEND students and for a small group of students there are additional literacy lessons. Please see the SEND section of our website for more information on how we meet the needs of our SEND students.

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 make good progress because of the typically strong standard of teaching.

Ofsted 2018

The strengthening of care and support has had a positive impact on most pupils. It was clearly visible when inspectors met pupils during the inspection. They demonstrated confidence as learners, and typically enjoyed positive interactions with one another and adults.

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