Learning at home is a very important part of all students’ development at Caldew.

Through homework, students will develop skills, attitudes and extend their knowledge. They will be better prepared to make their transition onto the next stage of their education or employment. Students will develop as a result of learning at home if three key groups work in partnership and support. They are the students, their teachers and parents/carers. Without this partnership, students will not reach their potential.

We will endeavor to inform parents/carers when a student does not complete tasks, or their work is of a quality that is below their normal standard.

If you have any concerns about homework, please contact the subject teacher. If your concerns are wider than one subject area, please contact your child’s Form Tutor. Contact details for staff are on the Parents/Staff page.

As students mature they will gain differently from learning at home. For example, Year 7 students will develop routines and good learning habits, Year 9s should be starting to work independently.

The Year 7, 8, and 9 timetables are designed to nurture these skills using a variety of project tasks and shorter pieces of work.

Students in Years 10 and 11 should expect to do at least 7½ hours of homework most weeks. These tasks will vary. There will be learning activities. As students begin to focus on exams, they will be preparing for them by reinforcing their knowledge and skills, and practicing exam technique.

We are also lucky to have our own VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) in the form of Firefly. Students are encouraged to use this to help them with their studies and subjects will set homework using this platform throughout the year.

6th Form

By the time students join our 6th Form, they should be independent learners. They need to want to learn and know how to learn. They will be given specific tasks, but just as importantly, they need to be able to analyse their own strengths and areas for development, and work hard to improve. Our most successful students leave Caldew knowing what to learn, and how to learn it.

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

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

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

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

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

Ofsted 2018