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Having just joined Calday in September 2015, these young men had the following comments to make about how they are liking their new school:

“Challenging - but in a really good way. This was well worth sitting the 11+ for.”

“I wasn’t nervous because the Year 7 staff are very supportive.”

“I made new friends really quickly.”

“Being part of Calday has made me so proud - of myself and the school.”

“I think Calday was made for me.”

ELLIE - Year 13

Ellie joined us from Upton Hall after her GCSEs and is now studying for A Levels in; English Literature, History and Psychology, as well as doing the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). She serves as a Prefect, guiding and supporting our students from the younger years and hopes to go on to study for a History degree at Lancaster University.

“I love being a Sixth Former at Calday because it’s a lot more relaxed - you’re not micro-managed.The Sixth Form facilities are excellent and you have your own space to develop and study.”

KATE AND MATTHEW - Head Boy and Head Girl

Head Girl, Kate, and Head Boy, Matthew, lead our Prefect Team and are outstanding ambassadors for the school.

Kate is studying for A Levels in French, German, History and General Studies, before undertaking a degree in French, German and Spanish. She intends to utilise her languages skills by pursuing an international linguistic career. Matthew’s A Levels are Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Spanish. He has already applied to Oxford for a degree in Maths and Computer Science, before moving on to a career in finance.

“We’re both very proud of the school and the opportunities it offers: leading the Prefect Team has demonstrated to us that students have high expectations and work positively together to achieve them. What’s really nice is the closeness of even the youngest students to the Sixth Form - Calday really is a supportive community.”

GEORGE - Year 13

Whilst studying for his GCSEs in North Wales, George attended the Sixth Form Open Evening and was struck by the friendly atmosphere of the school. The following September he joined Calday and is in his second year of A Level studies in Chemistry, Maths and Biology. George aims to study medicine at the University of Sheffield.

“The Open Evening really made me realise what a friendly place Calday was. It’s academically challenging – In the Sixth Form we thrive on competition between ourselves but also the students are supportive and I found it easy to integrate into the school community.”

BEN - Year 11

Ben is studying for his GCSEs. He has taken a very active role in the academic and extra-curricular life of Calday - as a talented actor, he has appeared regularly in our school plays as well as being a member of the ‘Break a Leg’ theatre group. Ben is also an extremely talented writer: look out for him in print media and online as he moves on to further study in our Sixth Form next year.

“Calday is fun - yes, my GCSEs are hard work, but it’s good to be able to balance the work with enjoyment too. I’m looking forward to entering the Sixth Form where I can pursue my favourite subjects in more detail and continue to act, write and gain high grades.”

CONNALL - Year 13

Conall has travelled to Calday from Prestatyn, North Wales each day since he started Year 7. In the Upper Sixth he was elected by staff to serve as a Prefect.  He is currently studying for A Levels in English Literature, Maths and Economics. On leaving Calday, Connall is planning to travel and volunteer as a TEFL teacher in South America before entering university.

“I’ve enjoyed high quality teaching, a wide range of opportunities and I’ve made some lifelong friendships - I feel like I’ve been able to grow in ability and confidence throughout my time in the school…and that’s enabled me to pursue my own goals.”

SHUBANG - Year 9

Shubang is in Year 9 having joined Calday in Year 7 from St Bridget’s Primary School. A keen athlete, he is also excelling in his academic studies. Shubang plans to stay on Calday after GCSE to study A Levels in preparation for university and a career in either engineering or medicine.

“I’m having a great time; Calday has given me many opportunities and I feel that I can achieve my true potential if I study hard here.”

DAISY - Year 13

Daisy studied for her GCSEs at Upton Hall before joining Calday because she wanted a change. She finds Calday more independent but still supportive and appreciates the greater freedom she has as an A Level student. Daisy is a member of our Senior Prefect team and is in the second year of A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Biology. She plans to pursue a career in medical research and public healthb after completing a Biochemistry degree and Masters at a Russell Group University.

“If you do the work you’ll get the results - if you ask for help it’s always there. I like it at Calday and I like how it works.”