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Why Choose Calday?

For almost 400 years, Calday Grange Grammar School has served the young people of our local community and today it continues to be a thriving and successful grammar school with nearly 1500 students from Wirral, Chester and the North West.

Ambition, Respect and Pride

The school mission statement is encapsulated on a daily basis by promoting and celebrating personal and professional excellence, ambition, respect, individual responsibility, potential, success and achievement.

We deliver high academic standards within a very caring and supportive school community

We offer a broad curriculum

Our academic curriculum provides high quality teaching and learning delivered by well-qualified subject specialists; flexibility, both in terms of the choice of subjects and matching subjects to the individual needs of students; a platform for learning which ensures a smooth transition to the next stage of each student’s education.

82% of our key stage four students achieved the English Baccalaureate in 2018

Individual subject areas offer a broad and stimulating education, which challenges the students and extends well beyond the requirements of the traditional core subjects.

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies *
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Drama and Theatre
  • Economics *
  • Electronics *
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Further Mathematics *
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government & Politics *
  • History
  • Law *
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education 
  • Physics
  • PSHE
  • Psychology *
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Spanish

* Sixth Form only

We provide high quality teaching

We have a well-deserved reputation for high standards and excellence. We prepare our students for success by providing high quality teaching and learning opportunities alongside activities to develop creativity, adaptability, confidence and leadership skills. 

 The school has excellent facilities, including projectors and screens with AppleTV in all classrooms, students make use of new technologies via a student wireless network. We also have a vibrant Sixth Form centre and a Learning Resource Centre

We foster a culture of excellence both in
students and through the ongoing professional development of our specialist teachers

We care

Form Tutors and Heads of Year ensure ongoing consistent support for academic development and well-being. Older students often mentor younger students to help with individual subject study, organisational skills, homework and revision. We also support students with individual needs and specialist staff are on hand to provide careers and health advice. Our Student Services team provide support and information, working closely with students to make sure they have the best experience at Calday.

We produce outstanding results


  • 98% of students gained GCSE grades 4-9 (A*-C in unreformed subjects)
  • 92% of students gained grade 5+ in English and Mathematics, with 31% of grades being awarded in the grade 7-9 category.
  • 76% of students gained all GCSE grades 7-9 (A*/A in unreformed subjects), with 86.1% of all grades being awarded in the A*-B category
  • 82% of our students achieved the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) in 2018 this makes us the second to top school in Wirral for Ebacc.
  • Attainment 8 score of 68.5 places the school third overall and the best boys school in Wirral. The score of 68.5 compares to 44.3 nationally.
  • Progress 8 score of +0.59 places the school fourth overall and the best boys school in Wirral. Progress 8 is significantly better than the Wirral average for boys.

Source: Department for Education Performance Tables


Results at A Level in 2018 were the best the school has achieved in the past five years and these results continue to show an upward trend. A unique combination of academic progress, personal tutoring and our enrichment programme has led to:

81.8% of students gained all A*-C grades at A Level

99.7% of grades were in the A-E category, with 34.2% being the very highest grades (A*/A), and 60% being A*-B grades

The school continues to have a very successful record of supporting students to gain entry to their chosen courses at Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group Universities, as well as securing prestigious apprenticeships for many of those who choose an industry-based path after Sixth Form study. 

In 2018 75% of Sixth Form students gained a place at their chosen university. 46% of places secured in higher education were at the leading Russell Group universities. 6% of students secured an apprenticeship or training course, 17% of students chose to take a gap year either working or volunteering and 2% of students are now in full time employment.

We offer exceptional opportunities

The range of curriculum pathways and associated enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities we offer are designed to meet the needs and aspirations of all our students so that they are able to flourish and achieve their goals.

We regularly feature in the top 100 state schools
for sporting outcomes

(School Sport Magazine)

Extra-curricular activities are a key part of everyday life. We provide and encourage a focus outside of the classroom, where students can pursue their personal interests and, at the same time, develop their confidence and interpersonal skills. We have a committed team of teaching and support staff who dedicate their own time to delivering our extracurricular programme. 

We are proud of our positive culture of contributing to the wider community at both local and international levels.

Our students and staff work tirelessly to support a wide rage of charities. During the 2017/18 academic year we raised an amazing £31,000 which supported 14 charities. Including -

  • Jeans 4 Genes £2,414
  • Children in Need-Rickshaw challenge £4,129
  • Refilwe £10,068
  • Bloodwise £11,594
  • STEM £3000
  • Christmas'  - over 200 gifts

We work in partnership with local primary and secondary schools to support, enthuse and develop students’ learning with an extensive variety of enrichment opportunities.

This spirit is also reflected in our regular international trips which include the USA, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and Iceland.

Students benefit from a superb range of enrichment activities

Students actively participate in the development of our school, building their sense of responsibility, community spirit and developing their leadership and communication skills.

Our House System

The House System is designed to embody the values and ethos of Calday Grange Grammar School and aims to be an integral part of our school community. It is our ambition that the House Captains and the School Council will work together creating a stronger Student Voice to motivate students and further the community spirit of the school.

Inter-House competitions are still just as popular as they ever were. Friendly House rivalry has historically taught students the value of teamwork and how to be gracious in both victory and defeat.

House System Objectives

Our aim is to provide every student in each house with the following:

  • a sense of belonging within the school community
  • opportunities to develop social, intellectual, physical and practical skills
  • a sense of achievement both inside and outside of the classroom
  • fun and excitement through competition
  • opportunities for leadership
  • an awareness of individual and collective responsibility

House Organisation:

Students are assigned to one of the three houses on entrance to Calday Grange Grammar School in Year 7 where they remain until the end of Sixth Form; wherever possible younger siblings will become a member of the same house.

Each House is led by a member of the teaching staff in the role of Head of House supported by a Deputy Head of House.

With the exception of the Headteacher and two Deputy Headteachers, every member of the teaching staff is also attached to a House.

Each house has a team of designated Year 13 House Captains and Year 11 House Officials who will act as representatives for all the students in their house throughout the year by: helping co-ordinate house teams, organise activities and events, and represent their house at relevant meetings.



Attainment 8 schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.


Progress 8 Tells us how well pupils at this school have progressed between the end of primary school (key stage 2) and the end of secondary school (key stage 4) compared to pupils in other schools who got similar results at the end of primary school. This is based on results in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.

The average Progress 8 score for 'mainstream' schools in England is 0. Mainstream schools are schools that aren't special schools or 'alternative provision settings' (for example pupil referral units). Most schools score between -1 and +1. If a school scores =1 and above, it shows that pupils made exceptionally good progress. If the score is below -0.5, the school may come under increased scrutiny and receive additional support.