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Why Choose Calday?

Ambition, Respect and Pride

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.

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.

87% of our key stage four students were entered for the English Baccalaureate in 2019

and they achieved an EBacc average point score of 6.55

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

Teachers have an excellent knowledge of their subject. They present information and ideas clearly. Teachers ensure that pupils can revisit the knowledge that is the most useful. This means that pupils can remember important content and apply it to new learning.

Teachers design resources well and pupils complete demanding work. Teachers use assessment to check on pupils’ learning and identify pupils’ mistakes.

Ofsted, September 2019


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.

Pupils enjoy school and they say that they feel safe. They are confident that staff will listen and take care of them. Younger pupils say that older pupils are kind and help them to find their way around school.  The school corridors and social spaces are calm.

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. If staff have concerns about a pupil, they understand what they must do and the procedures to follow.

Ofsted, September 2019


We produce outstanding results


We are ranked as the fourth best school in Merseyside by the Liverpool Echo by Attainment 8 performance at GCSE.

  • 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 67.1 places the school third overall and the best boys school in Wirral. The score of 67.1 compares to 44.5 nationally.
  • Progress 8 score of +0.23 is defined by the Department for Education as 'above average'. Progress 8 is significantly better than the Wirral average for boys.

Source: Department for Education Performance Tables


A unique combination of academic progress, personal tutoring a comprehensive enrichment programme has led to these results at A Level in 2019 :

  • 98.9% of grades were in the A*- E category
  • 25.6% of all grades were at the very highest grades (A*/A)
  • 56% of all grades were 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. 

81% of the class of 2019 have continued to higher education, with a high proportion gaining places on some of the most selective courses. 42% of places secured in higher education were at the leading Russell Group universities. The remainder of the cohort have chosen to follow the path of employment, apprenticeships, foundation courses, study abroad or have taken a year out before continuing their education. Take a closer look at 2019 student destinations.


We offer a broad curriculum

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 and we were ranked 31st in 2018

(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 offer exceptional opportunities

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 2018/19 academic year we raised an amazing £28,000 which supported a number of charities.

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.



Attainment 8 and Progress 8 explained

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.