The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide
We are delighted that we have been ranked 131 out of 3824 schools (last year we were ranked 154th) in The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide which places us in the top 5% of state secondary schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Whilst all league tables must be treated with caution, this is testimony to the school's focus on improving academic outcomes for all our students. However, as a selective grammar school this could be expected. A more sophisticated measure is the DfE new Progress 8 figure. This indicates if a school adds value to a child's education. For Calday Grange Grammar School this figure is +0.34 (which means that students perform, on average, a 1/3 of a grade better in their GCSE examinations than they would be expected from their KS2 data) thus adding real value to their academic outcomes. This places Calday in the top 25% of all schools nationally. Figures for all schools can be found at www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk.
However, we are not an examination factory. It is important to recognise that the Mission Statement of the school places an emphasis on developing the 'whole student'. We provide an extensive range of opportunities for students to develop those key skills much valued by employers, and society.
Evidence of this focus is demonstrated by the notable alumni of the school. Dougal Wilson (creator of the John Lewis adverts), members of the group Clean Bandit, Steve Cummings (Tour de France stage winner), Sam Quek (Olympic Gold medallist hockey player, Philip May (Prime Minister's husband) Ross Dixon (professional stunt man and guest speaker at this year's Senior Awards ceremony) have all benefitted from a Calday education.