Caroline Chisholm School

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Caroline Chisholm School
Caroline Chisholm logo.jpg
Wooldale Road, Wootton

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Coordinates52°11′55″N 0°52′26″W / 52.198697°N 0.873928°W / 52.198697; -0.873928Coordinates: 52°11′55″N 0°52′26″W / 52.198697°N 0.873928°W / 52.198697; -0.873928
TypeState, all-through Primary and Secondary School, Academy
FounderNorthamptonshire County Council
Department for Education URN137089 Tables
Chair of GovernorsMrs L Browett[1]
HeadteacherDavid James.[2]
Age4 to 18
Enrolment1634 (2009)[3] 1841 (2012)[4]

Caroline Chisholm School is a mixed all-through school with academy status, in south Northampton, England. It is named after Caroline Chisholm, a 19th-century social reformer.[5] The principal is David James.[2] The school was built in 15 months and cost £25 million.[2] The school added its final year, year 13, in September 2008.[6] In 2005 admission arrangements were changed to give brothers and sisters of children at the school greater priority for places.[7]


The school has 6 blocks, A Block (Music, Drama and PE), B Block (Languages and Humanities), C Block (Maths and English), D Block (Technology and Science), E Block (ICT, Business and Art) and F Block. It also has a cafeteria, takeaway area, numerous ICT suites, drama studio, gym, art display area, and public meeting rooms.


Community involvement[edit]

The school is in the Wooldale Centre for Learning, a multi-use community facility.[2] Caroline Chisholm has been described as "unique and ground breaking" for the way it is linked into the community including offering sports and learning facilities for the whole community. Kajima Community manage the busy community activities during the evenings and weekends -[13]

Academic standards[edit]

Ofsted's report of 17 May 2006 describes the school as:

Caroline Chisholm is a good school with many outstanding features, a view shared by parents and reflected in the school’s self-evaluation. Outstanding features such as the quality and standards in the Foundation Stage, the progress made by pupils with a statement of autism spectrum disorders, the behaviour and attitudes of all pupils, and the personal development and well-being of pupils make Caroline Chisholm a unique school.

It had 'outstanding' outcome from its Ofsted report in July 2009, while they received a 'good' outcome from their Ofsted report in 2012.[14]

Catchment area row[edit]

Although the area is next to the large housing development of Grange Park, a proposal in January 2010 by Northamptonshire County Council to remove Woodland View Primary School in Grange Park as a feeder school provoked huge protest from Grange Park parents. The alternative schools proposed were Roade School Sports College and Abbeyfield School. (formerly Mereway Secondary School).[15]


It has over 450 curriculum machines for student access, every member of teaching staff have their own laptop as well and according to the prospectus every sixth form student is encouraged to have their own laptop. "Moodle" is used for virtual learning.


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  2. ^ a b c d "Pupils start at new £25m school", BBC News, 6 September 2004
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
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  5. ^ "Caroline Chisholm 1808 - 1877", BBC, January 2004
  6. ^ "Welcome to Caroline Chisholm School", Caroline Chisholm School
  7. ^ "ADJUDICATOR PUBLISHES DECISION ON PROPOSAL TO VARY THE ADMISSIONS ARRANGEMENTS FOR CAROLINE CHISHOLM SCHOOL, PRESTON HEDGES PRIMARY SCHOOL, WOOTTON PR " Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., Office of The Schools Adjudicator (East Midlands), Government News Network, 15 July 2005
  8. ^ "Snap Tory leadership poll impossible", Matthew Temple, The Guardian, 27 May 2005
  9. ^ "Middle Schools", Hansard, House of Lords, 9 February 2005, Column WA118
  10. ^ "Ruth Kelly was here", Polly Curtis, The Guardian, 20 September 2005
  11. ^ "In a class of its own", Northampton Evening Telegraph, 18 March 2005
  12. ^ "Minister Opens "World Class" BDP School" Archived 7 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine., Building Design Partnership, 23 March 2005
  13. ^ "Building and Opening a 21st Century School" Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., The Northamptonshire Governor, Winter 2004
  14. ^ "Ofsted report 2006". Archived from the original on 6 June 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2008.
  15. ^ Chronicle & Echo, Northampton "Parents' plan may cause gridlock" 21 January 2010, accessed 4 March 2010

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