Welcome to Calday Grange Grammar School!
Below you will find information that will ensure that your child's transition to Calday Grange Grammar School is as smooth as possible. If you require any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact a member of the Administration Team, either by telephone or email, who will be happy to help you.
Click here for the Caldeian Handbook which contains useful information as your child makes the transition from Primary to Secondary school or if you have transferred to us from another school. The handbook is updated regularly with the main updates being done in September each year.
This is a quick help sheet with 'at a glance' useful information such as attendance procedures, contacting the school etc. Please click on the title or image to download a copy.
Payment for School Purchases
We operate an online payment system called ParentPay and ask parents to make payments for school purchases, e.g. trips, etc… using this safer method, as paying by cash or cheque places an administrative and financial burden on the school. In order for you to make online payments you will need to set up an account and we will provide you with an activation letter to set up your online account.
Items of uniform, PE Kit, stationery etc. may be purchased online, please click here to visit our School Shop.
School uniform is to be worn on all occasions, including; parents' evenings, on the way to and from school, on organised trips and when representing the school in a team. The only exception is when the Headteacher or member of staff in charge specifically says that certain other clothing may be worn, such as 'non-uniform days'.
Selected items of sports kit and clothing may be purchased online from the School Shop. Please visit the shop where you will be able to view the range of products available.
All Year 7 and 8 students are required to have an A4 hardback sketchbook with 140gsm cartridge paper. Hardwearing books with good quality drawing and painting paper and the school logo are purchased from the school shop for a subsidised price of £3.00. These sketchbooks will be used regularly in both lessons and at home to complete tasks set and keep a diary of their creative journey; building and reinforcing different skills & techniques over the 2 year course of study to the end of Year 8. High quality standards of presentation and a pride in the work produced are one of the keys to success in Art and the sketchbooks are used to monitor this as well as student’s progress. Parents are also encouraged to regularly check books and to sign the pages they have looked at, giving written feedback on their sons progress.
Please visit the School Shop where you will be able to purchase a sketchbook, your son will receive his sketchbook at the start of the new term in September.
Annual bus passes for students who will be travelling on one of the school operated services from Wallasey, North Wales or Chester are available to purchase by Direct Debit, please visit www.calday.co.uk/buspass for more information.
We recognise that starting at a new school is an unsettling time for parents and children and we would like to provide you with some reassurance about the school operated bus services. The school has a long standing partnership for bus travel with West Kirby Grammar School to enable boys and girls from Wallasey, North Wales and Chester to attend the two grammar schools in West Kirby.
We have a long standing relationship with two local bus and coach operators, Cass and Carvers, to provide a safe, well managed and affordable service that gets your child to school on time each day. All buses and coaches used have seat belts fitted and parents are asked to remind their child of the need to use these on every journey. All of the drivers of these vehicles are professionally trained and DBS checked so you have our assurance that they will be in safe hands for their journey to school and the return to home.
Please click on the link to the right of this page for more information about the services, timetables and a link to make your payment. Once payment is set up, you will receive your child’s annual bus pass by post.
A locker, to store coats, books and equipment that is not needed for that school session, may be held for the period of time a student remains in school. Lockers are made of steel and are 450mm wide, 450mm deep and 390mm high.
The cost to purchase the use of a locker for students in Years 7 to 11 is a one off (non refundable) payment £35.00. For students joining the Sixth Form the cost is £10.00. Two keys will be issued, one should be kept at home. If a key is lost then a replacement key may be purchased at a cost of £5.00. Staff in the Administration Office hold a master key in case of loss.
Please visit the School Shop where you will be able to purchase the use of a locker or order a replacement key.
Students are strongly recommended to wear a mouthguard for certain sporting activities. In particular, rugby and hockey participants should always be protected. The best types of mouthguards are those made using an individual impression taken by a dentist. We do not recommend the type bought from sports shops which are moulded to the mouth after softening in hot water. They do not fit accurately enough to protect well, they are uncomfortable to wear and can be easily dislodged, causing breathing difficulties.
The school currently provides the facility for students to be fitted with mouthguards by a local dentist once a year in September, we arrange for the dentist to visit the school during the school day. Mouthguards would normally cost in the region of £50.00 to £100.00 but we are able to offer them at a reduced cost.
You will be asked to visit ParentPay to make your purchase.
Instrumental Music Tuition Programme
The music department at Calday are able to offer instrumental music lessons to students. Students may decide to continue with their existing instrument or try something completely new. Lessons are heavily subscribed and are offered on a first come first served basis. However, we do keep our waiting lists regularly updated.
Instruments are not provided by the school, but these may be bought or hired from a variety of local firms who specialise in this service. If you require information about this please do not hesitate to contact the department.
Students receiving instrumental music lessons in their current school through the Wirral Schools’ Music Service will not be able to continue via this method unless they play a brass instrument. At Calday we operate a dual system.
System 1 - The majority of our peripatetic teachers at Calday are selected by us and are self-employed, meaning that they will invoice you directly.
System 2 - One of our brass teachers is employed by the Wirral Schools’ Music Service, so you make a series of monthly payments directly to the service (students can continue using their current instrument if they are receiving tuition using this service).
- Either way, payment for lessons is not via the school accounts
- All peripatetic teachers are DBS checked
- The cost of lessons on both systems are comparative
If you wish for your child to have lessons please ensure that you have read all of the terms and conditions in the contract by clicking here and then complete the form by clicking on the Music Tuition link to the right of this page.
If you are a Year 7 starter please can we receive your form by the last Friday in June. Your child’s instrumental teacher will contact you before the end of the summer holidays to give you enough time to purchase or hire an instrument.
Calday Grange Grammar School has a very active and flourishing music department. The music department runs a busy extra curricular programme which caters for a number of musical interests. Extra-curricular music is represented by many different ensembles, including choirs, orchestras, jazz bands, wind bands, chamber ensembles and rock bands. If your child does play an instrument but does not wish to have lessons in school, please complete the form by clicking on the Music Tuition link to the right of this page.
The Junior Camp
This is a private sports venture which is held annually at Calday Grange Grammar School during the summer holidays and is run by Colin Lamprey who is also a teacher of sport at the school. This sports venture is now in its 23rd year and is always well attended.
The activities on offer include tennis, cricket, swimming, softball, basketball, volleyball, tag-rugby, uni-hockey, hockey, football and table tennis.
The ‘new’ Year 7 entrants are grouped together, giving them a chance to meet new friends, whilst familiarising themselves with members of staff and the facilities before they officially arrive in September. This has proved to be an excellent introduction to their new school. The sports camp is available to any child aged 7 and above, girls and non-Calday students are encouraged to come along.
For £65 students receive qualified instruction on all sporting activities. If two children attend from the same family the cost is £120, for three children the cost is £180 (this applies to siblings only).