We warmly welcome students from all areas of the Wirral and also Chester, North Wales, Liverpool and Warrington. Students may join us in Year 7 at the start of the academic year following transfer from their Primary School, or from Year 11 into our Sixth Form. We also welcome applications for mid-term admissions to the school.
Starting a new school is an exciting time. At Calday Grange Grammar School we pride ourselves on our smooth and extensive transition process. Once your application has been accepted we will start to work with you and your child to ensure the journey to Calday is as smooth as possible.
At Calday we operate an open door policy for information sharing between all the key parties surrounding our students, with a drive for complete transparency. This system has lead to proven success allowing us all to have an input into the students wellbeing and deal with any concerns effectively. We value the whole support team and recognise that every student has differing individual needs and circumstances.
The move to 'big school' will be here before you know it and we are here to work with you throughout the process and into Year 7
Year 7 Admission
Applications for secondary school 2021 open on 1st September 2020 and must be submitted by the closing date of 31st October – this is the national deadline for applications.
Moving back the assessments to late October means that parents will not know whether their child has reached the academic standard required for admission before the 31st October closing date for applications.
Wirral Authority has therefore decided that for entry to secondary school in 2021, Wirral-resident parents will be allowed to give FIVE preferred schools on their application, rather than three.
This means parents can give up to three selective schools on their application, AND give two non-selective preferred schools. It is recommended that you follow this advice – if your child does not reach the standard for entry to selective school(s), the grammar preference(s) will be withdrawn and the non-selective preferences will automatically move up to become your first and second preferences.
Applicants from other
If you are resident in England, but outside Wirral, your home authority decides how many schools can be given on an application. We would recommend giving at least one selective school, and at least one non-selective school on your application. Your home authority may treat changes to your application to add or alter preferences after 31st October as a late application.
Late applications are only considered after all on-time applicants have been offered places.
As a selective school, entry to Calday Grange Grammar School in Year 7 is through the 11 Plus academic selection process.
Admission arrangements are coordinated by Wirral Local Authority Children’s Services. For further information regarding admissions to this school, please visit their School Admissions web page https://www.wirral.gov.uk/schools-and-learning or contact them by telephone 0151 606 2000.
Children will take the 11 Plus test at one of the four Wirral selective schools.
11+ Testing Arrangements are managed by Wirral LA.
All of the Wirral Grammar Schools have been advised that the test provider for September 2020 and September 2021 will be GL Assessment. This is a change from the previous test provider which was CEM. Please click here to access letter from Wirral Local Authority regarding this change.
GL assessment have readily available familiarisation materials which can be accessed below.
Please find below a link to familiarisation material that is specific to the Wirral test. This information includes examples of the types of questions that may be asked and an example of the sheet for recording answers.
Any queries relating to the 11+ testing arrangements should be directed to Wirral LA School Admissions team.
Sixth Form Admission
We are proud to have a thriving and lively mixed Sixth Form at Calday offering a wide range of subjects and enrichment and we welcome external students who did not study at Calday in Years 7 to 11. Calday has a mixed Sixth Form and currently offers 27 subjects at A Level.
It is a large Sixth Form and a benefit of its size is that most of the subject combinations that students hope for can be achieved.
Students should attend on GCSE results day with proof of achievements to register their place. We will, of course, keep in touch with you throughout the application process.
If you have an enquiry about admission to Calday you should contact a member of the Sixth Form team who will be able to direct you. For further information about life in the Sixth Form at Calday, please click on the menu to the right of this page.
Starting a new school is an exciting time. At Calday Grange Grammar School we pride ourselves on our transition process. Once your application has been accepted we will start to work with you and your child to ensure the journey to the school is as smooth as possible.
The following information applies to all students, whether joining us in Year 7, mid term or in the Sixth Form. To ensure a smooth transition to Calday please take the time to read this page. We also have a parent FAQ for useful information such as attendance procedures, contacting the school etc.
Come & Visit
Open Events are held throughout the school year but don't worry if you missed one. If you would like to visit us or come back for another look, then we would love to see you on a normal working day where you can meet the Head and have a tour of the school.
Please contact us on 0151 625 2727 and we’ll be happy to arrange this for you.