Calday Grange Grammar School

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Calday Grange Grammar School
Calday Grange Grammar School Crest.png
Motto "Nisi Dominus Frustra" – a normal heraldic contraction of a verse from the 127th Psalm, "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."
Established 1636
Type Grammar, Academy
Headteacher Mark Rodaway
Chair of Governors Caroline Ashcroft
Location Grammar School Lane
West Kirby
CH48 8GG
Coordinates: 53°22′03″N 3°09′47″W / 53.3675°N 3.163°W / 53.3675; -3.163
DfE number 344/5400
DfE URN 139144 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1500
Gender Boys, Mixed Sixth Form
Ages 11–18
Houses Hollowell     
Colours Maroon and navy blue. House ties are green, blue and red stripes.

Calday Grange Grammar School (abbreviated to CGGS; also known as Calday, Calday Grange) is a non-denominational selective state-funded grammar school, founded in 1636, situated on Caldy Hill in the town of West Kirby on the Wirral peninsula, England. The school admits boys from age 11 to 18, and since 1985 girls for the sixth form only. The school has academy status, hosts the Wirral Able Children Centre,[1] and has been awarded Sportsmark Gold and Investors in People status.


The school stands in a residential area of Wirral close to the Dee Estuary. Pupils come primarily from Wirral, Deeside and Cheshire areas.[2] The main site at the top of Caldy Hill is occupied by the school buildings, sports cages and field, with a larger field located over Grammar School Lane. A mile southeast of the main school buildings, along Column Road/Telegraph Road, Calday has the Glasspool Playing Fields including 3 rugby pitches, a cricket square and a sand-based artificial hockey field. The school is surrounded by good-quality suburban housing development and the protected heathlands and woods of Grange, Caldy and Thurstaston.

School History and Status[edit]

Founded in 1636, Calday Grange Grammar School is Wirral’s oldest surviving grammar school. It was established as a free grammar school on the present site by local landowner William Glegg. From when it started with 12 pupils, the school has grown and transformed into a dynamic establishment of over 1300 students – which includes over 400 male and female students in the Sixth Form.[3]

Calday Grange Grammar School became a trust school on 1 January 2009, transferring ownership of the school land and buildings to a Charitable Trust called "The Calday Grange Trust". The Calday Grange Trust is a partnership between Calday Grange Grammar School, The University of Liverpool, Unilever Research and Development and Maestro Services Ltd. Calday Grange Grammar School was the first Wirral School to convert to Trust Status.[4]

In September 2011, the school informed parents that "The School has received notification from Companies House that the Calday Grange Trust Company has been dissolved. This has been notified to the Governing Body who contacted Wirral Local Authority and indicated their wish to revert to the Foundation Schools Instrument of Government".[5]

In July 2011, the process for converting to an Academy school was begun, and the school converted to academy status with effect from 1 January 2013.[6] It was confirmed there would be no change to the title of the school.


A view of Calday Grange Grammar School, prior to extensive refurbishment.

The last OFSTED inspection was in 2010, Upon completion they reported that the school scored an overall effectiveness of Grade 2 – "Good", with a number of outstanding features.

The overall effectiveness of the sixth Form remained unchanged at Grade 2. The outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils remained at Grade 1 – "Outstanding", and the quality of teaching and effectiveness of leadership scored a Grade 2 – "Good" and the effectiveness of the governing body got given a Grade 3 – "Satisfactory".[7][8]

In 2015 96% of the year group achieved 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C with 96.2% gaining at 5 A* to C grades including English and Maths.] Four students achieved the highest possible level of 10 or more A* grades[9]

In 2015 Calday School received the best A level results since 2010 with a pass rate of 99.2% at A*-E grades. With a big increase in A*-A grades at 34.5%, as well as 64% in students gaining A*-B. All students who had applied for university were successfully placed (the majority gaining their first choice), with an increasing number of students successfully embarking on degree level apprenticeships.[10]

The Calday Association of Parents and Staff (CAPS)[edit]

The school has a very active group of parents involved in charity and fund-raising initiatives for the school and 2015 parents and staff set up (CAPS) the Calday Association of Parents and Staff (CAPS) is for Calday Schools parents, teachers and local community groups to raise money and to support the school.

All parents of Calday students are automatically members of CAPS, as are all of the teaching and support staff.[11]

Their aim is promoting the school, creating positive links through enjoyable events and activities, and obviously, to raise funds to support and develop the school.

CAPS provides an opportunity for everyone to work together towards a common goal. All parents, teachers and school staff can be involved even if they only have a small amount of time available.



Calday have many extracurricular activities to offer. These activities complement the school's academic curriculum and to enhance the student's educational experience.[12]


Calday Grange Grammar School has a proud history and tradition of sporting provision and Sport plays a big part in the Calday experience with many active sporting teams and students competing in local, regional,[20] national[21] and international events[22]. The school's Hockey teams made it to the North England Hockey finals with the U16’S making it through to the National finals in at the national hockey stadium in London[13]

Combined Cadet Force[edit]

The school maintains a Combined Cadet Force. The combined Cadet force has been at Calday since 1916,[14] when a unit of the Officers’ Training Corps was first formed. It plays a big part in the Calday experience and teaches the students leadership skills, respect, personal discipline and technical knowledge.

There are three sections to the CCF:


Royal Navy

Royal Air Force

2016 was the centenary of the CCF at Calday Grange Grammar School.

Duke of Edinburgh award[edit]

Calday offers the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, helping the students to develop independence and employaility skills

To complete the award you must complete 4 sections:[15]

    • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
    • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
    • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
    • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad At Gold level, you must do an additional Residential section, which involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity

Arts, Music and Drama[edit]

The school put on many drama performances through the year including the most recent one "Great Britain". The school's Dramatic society are currently practicing for their performance of The Jungle Book.[16]


There are also many other clubs and activities that students can get involved in, helping them develop talents and skills including the very active sixth-form-led Amnesty International[17] group. There are also many volunteering opportunities in the school shop and to help support The "Refilwe" Community Project in South Africa which the school has been involved in for over 9 years. Students have also been involved with various independent entrepreneurial pursuits.[18]


The school has three Houses named after past benefactors and headmasters. Members of each house are identified by different coloured stripes on the school tie from years 7 to 11.

  • Bennett – Named after Thomas Bennett, House colour Blue.
  • Glegg – Named after William Glegg, House colour Red.
  • Hollowell – Named after Rev. William Hollowell, House colour Green.

There was a fourth house, named after Sir Alfred Paton, with yellow as its colour. It was taken out the house system in the 1990s.

Notable former students[edit]


Years Calday Grange Grammar School
1886–1891 Charles T. Blanshard
1891–1920 Rev W. Hollowell
1920–1945 Reginald Thomas Booth Glasspool
1945–1953 R. Eldred. Witt
1953–1964 Prof Eric Hawkins
1965–1978 Rev Kenneth Saxon Watkinson Walker
1978–1979 Peter Dodd (Acting)
1979–1986 Peter Dodd[24]
1986–April 2001 Nigel Briers
April–July 2001 Brian Magor (Acting)
September 2001–September 2002 Nigel Briers
2002–Suspended Oct 2009 Andrew John Hall - Suspended for a period of time during his role as headteacher
October 2009–May 2010 Mike Skelly (Acting)[25]
October 2010–May 2011 Andrew John Hall reinstated as headmaster.
April 2010–April 2012 Gareth Williams, Executive Director during suspension[26]
April 2012 – present Mark Rodaway. Started at Calday in the Summer term 2012.[27]


  1. ^ "Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council: Promoting Potential: The Wider Education Community: Wirral Able Children Centre" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  2. ^ "Calday Grange Grammar School: Information: About the school". Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  3. ^ "History". 
  4. ^ McCann, Sue (28 January 2009). "Calday Grange Grammar becomes Wirral's first Trust school". Wirral News. Liverpool: Trinity Mirror. 
  5. ^ "Newsletter 9th September 2011" (PDF). Parents' newsletter. 9 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Newsletter 2nd November 2012" (PDF). Parents' newsletter. 2 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Inspection Report: Calday Grange Grammar School, 17–18 November 2010". Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  8. ^ "West Kirby Calday Grange school loses outstanding Ofsted status". Liverpool Daily Post. Liverpool. 7 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Gcse's". 
  10. ^ "A -levels". 
  11. ^ "Calday CAPS". 
  12. ^ "extra curricular". 
  13. ^ "Calday sport". 
  14. ^ "CCF". 
  15. ^ "Duke Of Edinburgh". 
  16. ^ "Art and drama". 
  17. ^ "The group page on the school website, giving details of the group's activities.". Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  18. ^ Murphy, Liam (3 December 2007). "Calday Grange: students to open own art gallery". Liverpool Daily Post. 
  19. ^ Pearce, James (17 July 2008). "Golden greats are Baddeley's inspiration". Liverpool Echo. 
  20. ^ a b c Protheroe (1976)
  21. ^ Levy, Geoffrey. "Philip, the husband who will be Denis to Theresa's Maggie (without the G&Ts): GEOFFREY LEVY on future PM's 'rock' who preferred to stand in the shadows". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "Dick Uren". The Daily Telegraph. UK. 2010-06-30. 
  23. ^ Ellis-Evans, Cynan (15 April 2002). "David Wynn-Williams: Applying the lessons of Antarctica to the study of the stars". The Guardian. London. 
  24. ^ Peter Dodd had been deputy headmaster since 1971, he became acting headmaster when Rev Walker retired and was not appointed permanent headmaster until 1979 (The Caldeian, December 1979)
  25. ^ Mr Skelly took over after Mr. Hall′s suspension in October 2009 before returning to his former school (Westcliffe High School), as Deputy Headmaster, at the end of May 2010 "Parents Newsletter". Parents Newsletter. 26 February 2010. 
  26. ^ Troubleshooter Appointed "Troubleshooter appointed at Wirral′s Calday Grange Grammar School amid headteacher suspension row". Liverpool Daily Post. Liverpool. 19 April 2010. 
  27. ^ "CGGS Website - December 2011". CGGS Website. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 


  • Protheroe, M. J. (1976). A History of Calday Grange Grammar School, West Kirby, 1636–1976. West Kirby: The Parents' Association.

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