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“Sound preparation and teamwork is the key to success – I learned that on the hockey pitch at Calday.”​

Former Calday student and Great Britain Head Coach, Bobby Crutchley is currently preparing the men’s hockey team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He has been coaching at Olympic and World level for over 10 years and between 2005 and 2012 worked as Assistant Coach to the England and Great Britain men’s hockey team. As an athlete Bobby gained 80 caps for Great Britain and England between 1993 and 1999, which included winning a bronze medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Here at Calday he is remembered as a tenacious sportsman and highly capable scholar.


 JOHN PORTER, Class of 1968

"I was a pupil at Calday from 1961 to 1968 – Head of Hollowell house and Captain of Rugby. On March 1st 2016 I was knighted for my services to science by the French Ambassador in Copenhagen where I now live and work."

Professor Dr John R. Porter becomes a Knight: “My mother’s family originated from France and Germany, they were immigrants into Liverpool in the 1880s – so this award is a very nice full circle and highly unexpected.  I am absolutely delighted to receive it for myself and my family.”​

Former Calday student John Porter earned the ultimate accolade from the French government following a career dedicated to science in agriculture.  A highly accomplished student in his time at Calday, John has gone on to further success, leading the IPCC chapter on food security in 2014 that formed the scientific bedrock of the COP21 agreement in Paris 2015. He has also served on the Science Council of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), supporting the development of INRA’s scientific strategy over many years.  It is very rare for a non-French citizen to be awarded the Order of Agricultural Merit and its accompanying medal.


 ADAM CHESTERS, Class of 1999

 “From Calday, I learned a sound work ethic and the importance of a sense of belonging...”​

After university, Adam went straight into a career in medicine. From an early stage, he was intent on a career in emergency medicine and taking the hospital to the roadside to save the lives of the most seriously ill and injured. 

Adam is now a consultant in emergency medicine at the major trauma centre at Cambridge University Hospitals, and a consultant in pre-hospital emergency medicine with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

“I can truly say that without the efforts of the teachers at Calday, my chosen career would be a non-starter. From the time I decided to study medicine at university, every one of my teachers was dedicated in helping me achieve my goal. Some of my days are spent in the emergency department, dealing with emergency patients who attend the hospital. Some of my days are spent on standby, ready to launch on a helicopter mission at a moment's notice, to attend the most serious incidents occurring on our roads and other public places. The balance of roles, the extreme challenges of the cases we deal with, and the opportunity to make an immediate difference makes my job one of the best in the world. As the years pass, the memories of talented and dedicated teachers expertly guiding us through our school days remain. Curricular and extra-curricular activities blended to make us rounded individuals ready for future endeavours.”


STUART EDGE, Class of 1996

“Have a positive attitude - you can achieve anything. Make your own path in life and live your dreams.”

Following his A Level studies, Stuart took a gap year and travelled widely before taking up a place to study for a BSc in Chemistry at Sheffield University. Several more gap years followed his graduation; work as a sailing instructor in Greece, running a bar in Australia, and earning money to continue his world travel before returning to the UK at the age of 28 to begin a career as a construction manager.

“I now live in New York and work as a Senior Site Manager building skyscrapers. Travel remains a major motivation and I have managed to take career breaks to climb Mount Everest, sail across the Atlantic and ski to the South Pole. Last year I was a member of the Shackleton 2015 Expedition. Being at Calday gave me a very balanced education and I am now able to apply myself to almost anything.”


 WILL GREEN, Class of 2010

“I always look back with fond memories and I’m grateful for the opportunities Calday opened up to me.”

Following A Levels in Economics, Biology and Geography, Will took a year out to revisit the school’s Refilwe project, and then travelled through South Africa, South East Asia and New Zealand before returning to the UK to complete a BSc degree in Economics at Leeds University. Will is currently working his way through an ACA at Grant Thornton based in the North West. He joined in September 2014 and expects to be exam and time qualified by September 2017. 

“I learned a great deal about teamwork through my seven years at Calday. Teamwork is one of the most sought after skills in most organisations and I’ve been able to demonstrate it in abundance thanks to my experiences at Calday.”


 KATE MCKENNA, Class of 2007

"Describe Calday in three words? - Full of Opportunities.”​

Kate came to Calday Grange Sixth Form after sitting her GCSEs at West Kirby Grammar School. After a successful two years of Sixth Form study, she progressed to Edge Hill University, studying Film and Television Production.

Kate is now a Trainee Sports Broadcast Journalist with BBC Radio Merseyside.

Kate involved herself heavily in our programme of extra curriculum activities and was an integral part of the Girls’ Rugby Team, Choir and Drama Group - taking part in many Calday plays. She was also chosen by staff and her peers to serve as a member of the Senior Prefect team.

"It was more like a higher education experience: with so much to do outside of classroom learning! When I first joined I was loud and made myself well-know - I loved it. If I could do it all again and relive my Sixth Form time, I would!"


 MAT GALVIN, Class of 1994

“Focus, work hard and make the most of every opportunity.”​

After leaving Calday Grange, Mat studied Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. This lead to him taking a PGCE and as a result, he has taught in inner city schools ever since.

He is now an Assistant Principal, leading Teaching and Learning at Firth Park Academy in Sheffield.

"I had very happy times at Calday. Being surrounded by lots of great teachers gave me a clear focus on academic achievement. My endeavours in the hockey team weren't matched by a huge amount of skill but the encouragement shown by the staff meant there were still plenty of enjoyable matches to be involved in! "I was delighted to have been awarded the Headmaster's prize on leaving Calday, after being a Prefect for 2 years. The high expectations around everything we did have stayed with me, through University and all through my career to date. As students and sportsmen, we were expected to give our best, whatever the challenge. The confidence which comes from learning with high achieving and motivated peers has also remained with me."


 JAMES MELLING, Class of 2012

“Don’t feel like you are limited - push the boundaries to where you want to get to and discover your potential.”​

James started Calday Grange Grammar School in Year 7 and continued into the Sixth Form.

He has just finished his degree in Theatre Sound Design at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and is currently touring the UK with 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' .

"Calday Grange is an Inspiring school and has opened up many doors for me. It helped my career path and sent it in a different direction. I took part in things I would not have been able to have done elsewhere - including the Robotics Club which I loved. The music groups and the choir tours, through which I got the chance to perform internationally, were also an amazing opportunity. The staff at Calday are so friendly and I am always welcomed back with open arms."


 ADAM HORLER, Class of 1988​

"You should get involved in as many things as you can while at Calday: sport, clubs, volunteering etc. The ability to relate to other people and to work in teams is an important skill in the long run."

After finishing his Sixth Form studies at Calday Grange, Adam went on to study Economics and Business Studies at the University of Sheffield.  In 1991 he started work with Procter & Gamble on their Graduate Sales Management programme.

He then joined L'Oreal in London in 1993, working his way up the management ladder and was offered a position as Commercial Director for Asia, based in Hong Kong, in 1998. At the end of that contract, Adam chose to stay in Hong Kong and left L’Oréal, ultimately working as Asia-Pacific CEO for Molton Brown toiletries and moving to Singapore. In 2008 he set up his own business and has been his own boss ever since.  


 MICHAEL CADDICK, Class of 1980

“Make the most of the great opportunities you have at Calday - it pays off.”​

After studying at Calday Grange, Michael went to the University in Aberystwyth to read German and then took a PGCE in Modern Languages, Maths and Games. He started teaching in Burnley, then Rochdale and Colne before moving to the North East to teach. He is currently Head of German and Years 7-9 at Longridge Towers School near Berwick-upon-Tweed.

"Calday Grange gave me the impetus and interest to pursue my career as a teacher of German, Maths and Rugby, which are now a major part of my life. I enjoyed school, learnt lots and got into sport - especially rugby which has really benefitted me."


 JOHN TOD, Class of 1963​

John’s time at Calday Grange prepared him well for studying English Literature at King’s College, Cambridge. It also influenced his decision to serve a year as a VSO volunteer in the Solomon Islands. This lead to his decision to work in developing countries; he joined the British Council in 1968 and served for 12 years in Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal and twice in Brazil. Later on, he was Director Arts in London and the last six years have been spent as Director and Cultural Councillor at the British Embassy in Paris.

"I benefited enormously from the social mixing of boys from different backgrounds, the challenging focus of the staff on academic work and the range of activities, including in my case: cross-country running, athletics, sailing, the Navy Section of CCF and the Debating Society. Calday taught me many things: Look outwards: You can work, study and live anywhere in the 28 countries of the European Union as of right and you will also be able to travel for work and leisure in the wider world.”


 KARL JONES, Class of 1981​

Karl is the Technical Services Manager for Anglo American in New South Wales, Australia. He works out of the Head Office, based in Brisbane, managing all Engineering, Geology and other technical aspects of new mining projects.

“Although I moved to South Africa to finish my schooling, Calday taught me laying a strong foundation of learning is crucial for success. Develop good habits.”




 BEN FRASER, Class of 2008

"Calday is a well-organised and efficient school, full of opportunities."

After seven years of study at Calday Grange, Ben completed a Law degree at the University of Liverpool, before enrolling on the Legal Practice Course at Chester College of Law. He then trained as a solicitor at DLA Piper UK LLP (including a six month secondment to Tesco's in-house legal team) before qualifying into the Real Estate (commercial property) team at DLA Piper in Liverpool where he is now an Associate.

"Enjoy Calday! Get involved in as many things as you can because, although you don't appreciate it now, now is the only time you have the time to do so! Also, work hard and get the grades you need so that you can do whatever you want in the future and aren't held back by lazy decisions you made at a young age."


 JACK TOWERS, Class of 2011

"Work as hard as you can but equally relish the time that you have with Calday."​

Jack left Calday Grange in 2011 to and went on to Newcastle University where he studied Law, obtaining a 2:1 honours degree. He joined PwC as a Corporate Tax Consultant for six months, after which time, the firm allowed him to take six months leave: Jack travelled for five months around South America, Australia and South East Asia. He has the recently returned and is now working in the City of London as a Human Resources Management Consultant for PwC. The panoramic view across London from his desk is a major perk of the job!

"I had a fantastic schooling experience at Calday. Of course, you leave the school with qualifications and an education in a basic sense, but as a former student, I certainly left the school with far more than that; I had a fantastic time and still have fond memories of my experiences at the school. When you leave Calday it is even more apparent what a fantastic and supportive environment the school cultivates. I gained, not just an education, but a foundation and platform which was far wider than that and has allowed me to develop and grow as an individual.”