Calday Grange Grammar School (abbreviated to CGGS; also known as Calday Grange, Calday Grammar or simply Calday due to the difference in spelling to the nearby village of Caldy) is a non-denominational selective state grammar school, founded in 1636, situated on Caldy Hill in Grange, a suburb 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, and has been awarded Sportsmark Gold and Investors in People status.
|Calday Grange Grammar School|
Grammar School Lane
|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."|
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|Chair of Governors||Caroline Ashcroft|
|Gender||Boys (mixed sixth form)|
|Age||11 to 18|
Paton – until 1990s
Maroon and navy blue. House ties are either green, blue or red stripes depending on the house.
The school stands in a residential area of Wirral close to the Dee Estuary. Students come primarily from Wirral, Deeside and Cheshire areas. 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, are the Glasspool Fields Sports Facility including 3 rugby pitches, a cricket square and a sand-based artificial hockey field. The school is surrounded by suburban housing development and the protected heathlands and woods of Grange, Caldy and Thurstaston.
School history and statusEdit
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 into an establishment of over 1300 students – which includes over 400 male and female students in the Sixth Form.
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.
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".
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.
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 10 or more A* grades.
The school is the 7th state school for sporting achievement. The top state schools were revealed in the November 2019 edition of School Sport magazine and it places the school in the top 1% of schools in the country for sporting outcomes.
Combined Cadet ForceEdit
Volunteering opportunities include supporting 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.
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, benefactor of the school in 1676.
Glegg – named after William Glegg, founder of the school in 1636.
Hollowell – named after Rev. William Hollowell, former headmaster 1891–1920.
There was a fourth house, Paton, named after Sir Alfred Paton. It was taken out of the house system in the 1990s for simplicity in form-group allocation.
Notable former studentsEdit
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (February 2019)
- Andrew Baddeley - Athlete in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
- Matthew Barnes – Musician, performing as Forest Swords
- David Belbin - author
- William Bennett Bond – Archbishop of Montreal
- John Bowe – actor
- Steve Bower – Former Setanta presenter; football commentator for the BBC and ITV
- Daniel Craig - Actor
- Bobby Crutchley - Head Coach of the England and Great Britain Hockey teams
- Steve Cummings- English racing cyclist for World Tour cycling team
- Sam Dickinson - England Saxons and Northampton Saints rugby union player
- Chris Eakin - BBC News presenter
- Michael Eakin - Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
- Sir Herbert William Emerson (1881–1962), Governor of Punjab
- Will Foster – Member of rock band The Tears
- Cyril Edward Gourley – Victoria Cross recipient
- Raymond Towers Holmes – RAF pilot in Battle of Britain
- Paul Humphreys – member of band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
- James Hype - DJ, producer and remix artist
- Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy – "Woodbine Willy"; First World War poet; taught at Calday 1905–1907.
- Craig Lindfield – Formerly Liverpool F.C. player, now at F.C. United of Manchester
- Philip May – banker, and husband of Theresa May
- Andy McCluskey – member of band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
- Jack Patterson - member of band Clean Bandit
- Luke Patterson - member of band Clean Bandit
- Nick Power - Organist and songwriter with the band The Coral
- Sam Quek MBE - Team GB field hockey gold medallist
- David Raven – former Liverpool FC football player now at Warrington
- Bill Steer – guitarist in the band Napalm Death 1987–1989, member of grind-pioneers Carcass
- Ray Stubbs – BT Sport and Talksport presenter
- Dick Uren – England international rugby union player.
- Sir David Weatherall – Oxford physician; editor Oxford Textbook of Medicine; former Chancellor Keele University
- Dr. David Wynn-Williams (1946–2002) – British astro-biologist, head of the Antarctic astrobiology project, British Antarctic Survey.
- Dougal Wilson, director of advertisements and music videos
|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)|
|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)|
|October 2010–May 2011||Andrew John Hall reinstated as headmaster.|
|April 2010–April 2012||Gareth Williams, Executive Director during suspension|
|April 2012–December 2019||Mark Rodaway|
|January 2020–April 2020||Mike Twist (Acting)|
|April 2020–||Stephen Gray|
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- 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". 26 February 2010.
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