Curriculum

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

Key Stage 3

All students are taught the National Curriculum subjects, though as an Academy, many subjects will teach the skills needed to achieve the relevant levels based on their own version of the curriculum.

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


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 Citizenship Studies - AQA
GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) AQA AQA
GCSE Computer Science OCR OCR
GCSE Design & Technology AQA
GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition AQA AQA
National Certificate Engineering Design OCR OCR
GCSE Drama AQA AQA
English Language AQA AQA
English Literature AQA AQA
GCSE Geography AQA AQA
GCSE History Edexcel Edexcel
National Certificate Health & Social Care OCR -
ICT OCR CiDA (Edexcel)
GCSE Maths AQA AQA
GCSE Media Studies Edugas Edugas
GCSE French AQA AQA
GCSE Spanish AQA AQA
GCSE Music Edexcel Edexcel
GCSE PE OCR OCR
GCSE Religion, Philosophy & Ethics - AQA Course A
GCSE Biology AQA AQA
GCSE Chemistry AQA AQA
GCSE Physics AQA AQA

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.

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

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

Ofsted 2018

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

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

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