Student learning is at the heart of everything we do at Caludon Castle School: all displays are focussed on how to be an outstanding learner; we have varied learning areas, called collaborative learning spaces, which facilitate creative learning in groups. Our vision is to raise the achievement and self-esteem of our learners, through fostering their curiosity in a supportive, co-operative environment.
We are a very good school. This has resulted in our accreditation as a National Teaching School. We are the most over-subscribed school in the city. Our priorities this year, therefore, are to embed and capitalise on our vision, successes and innovations, whilst securing great teaching for all.
Our mantra for this year continues to be:
challenge + engagement = success
This will be achieved in a supportive, co-operative environment in a number of ways. See the Learning and Teaching Policy for more details.
We strive to intrigue our young people, so that they become passionate about learning, therefore all of our key learning foci are framed around fostering their curiosity. We do this through developing the key learning foci of: advanced questioning; collaborative learning; feedback; differentiation; active engagement and reflection on their learning.
We are now accredited as a DRICE school, which means that we offer the Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) and the Improving Teacher Programme (ITP). We are using the framework of DRICE as a tool to facilitate outstanding planning and teaching, encouraging our teachers to
Deepen students’ thinking
Role model the learning
Impact on their progress
Challenge their expectations
Engage them in learning
Not only do we develop students’ learning in lessons, but also their learning skills and attributes. Our teachers model a vocabulary of learning to the students, in which they discuss the how of the learning as well as the what. It is important for us to develop students’ resilience – a vital life-skill, which is also a focus area for this year.
We are, therefore, continuing to work with staff and students to ensure that we are nurturing both independent and co-operative learners, but in everything we do, learning is key.