About Caterham High School Caterham High School is a vibrant, inclusive, 6 forms of entry, 11–18 comprehensive community school with approx. 1200 students on roll. Despite being a larger than average sized nationally, locally however the school remains small in comparison with the expanding secondary schools surrounding it some of which have increased to 12 forms of entry. The manageable size of the school ensures that every student receives a personalised education and with only six forms of entry in each year, we know all the children really well. The school can be easily accessed by public transport, including the 128 bus, which stops at nearby Rushden Gardens.
Caterham High School is committed to discovering and nurturing the abilities of every child. Setting the highest expectations in terms of learning and behaviour, the school is justifiably proud of the academic achievements of students. Recognising that children’s abilities lie in a variety of areas, Caterham provides a wealth of opportunities and courses that allow every student to develop and showcase his or her unique talents. The secondary school promotes a "can do" culture in which everyone is encouraged to strive for excellence.
The schools vision statement: “Getting the best from every student”
Schools Mission Statement
“To discover and nurture the abilities of every child and set the highest expectations in terms of learning and behaviour. To help young people raise their aspirations and achieve their goals”
How is this achieved?
Our teaching is innovative and challenging. Students achieve most when they enjoy their learning so we encourage active participation in the classroom. Through high standards of teaching, thorough preparation and extra-curricular revision, our dedicated staff help students to achieve their best in examinations.
Success for Everyone
Caterham High School has a progressive and inclusive curriculum. At Key Stage 3 our students follow the National Curriculum and are taught in mixed ability tutor groups with setting in some subjects. Key stage 4 students follow a core programme but choose an options pathway appropriate to each individual. During the transition from Key Stage 3 to 4 students and families receive comprehensive support in their pathways and careers decisions to ensure students’ future success. In the Sixth Form, the A Level pass rate is excellent, with 1 in 5 students receiving an unconditional offer from their University of choice. Skills for the 21st Century We focus on developing career and life skills that enable students to make the most of future opportunities. ICT is used effectively to bring the curriculum to life and to stimulate and engage students in their learning.
Our students benefit from our exceptionally strong provision in Sport and the Arts which we employ effectively to develop motivation, perseverance and integrity. We offer a wealth of extra-curricular activities which enable students to showcase their talents. Enriching Opportunities The schools exceptionally strong provision in sport and the arts plus a wealth of extra-curricular activities provide the students with a range of opportunities beyond the timetable and enable opportunities for them to showcase their talent. Positive Place to learn The school is committed to maintain a safe and positive environment that is conducive to learning. We foster an ethos that values respect, tolerance and cooperation – a robust system of rewards and sanction supports this. Exceptional pastoral care supports our students’ personal development, builds their self-esteem and underpins their progress. Year Leaders and Tutors remain with students throughout their school career, get to know them really well and provide a clear point of contact for parents.
Ofsted 2014: “all adults know the students very well and the level of care for individual students, including in the Sixth Form, is high.” Ofsted The recent Ofsted report graded the school Good in all the main categories. Ofsted praised the good leadership, teaching and the strong capacity to improve, so we now set our sights on becoming an outstanding school in the future. There were many complimentary comments in their report including: “ The school puts the students at the heart of its inclusive ethos” “The behaviour of the students is good” and they “feel very safe in school” “Teaching is good” “School Leaders and Governors have aspirations of excellence”