Quarry Bank High School

Calderstones School
Current school crest

"Ex Hoc Metallo Virtutem"

"Courage, Service, Honour"[1]
Type Comprehensive
Specialist Science College
Headteacher Mrs E.M. Russell
Deputy Headteachers Miss S. Maguire
Mr L. Ratcliffe
Chair of Governors Mr David Woods
Location Harthill Road
L18 3HS
United Kingdom
Local authority Liverpool City Council
DfE number
DfE URN 104698
Staff 150
Students approx. 1,500
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18

Calderstones School is an English comprehensive school and specialist science college, located opposite Calderstones Park on Harthill Road in the Liverpool suburb of Allerton.[2]

The school was founded in 1921 as Quarry Bank High School and its first intake of 225 pupils was on 11 January 1922.[1] The first headmaster of the school was R.F. Bailey (an old Etonian). He formed the school on the principles of public school houses. Subsequently, the first year boys' house was named Bailey.[1] The current Headmistress is Mrs Elizabeth Russell, replacing Mr Brian Davies in August 2012.[1]

The school has several notable alumni including founding Beatles member, John Lennon.


In 1967 Quarry Bank High boy's school merged with neighbouring Calder High School For Girls (a girls' grammar school also on Harthill Road) and nearby Morrison School and adopted the name Quarry Bank Comprehensive School. The same year saw the abolition of the school's house system, whereby the pupils were divided between Mersey, Esmeduna, Wavertree, Sefton, Allerton, Childwall, Aigburth and Woolton Houses. In 1985, the school merged with Aigburth Vale High School, which left the school operating at four discrete locations and with 1800 pupils; it was also then that it adopted its current name. Aigburth Vale on Lark Lane was previously a grammar school with around 600 girls. In 1989 the school divested itself of its Aigburth and Morrison facilities, retaining only the original Calder House and Quarry Bank estates. A new building to replace the old Morrison Wing site was built within the existing school site. The old Morrison Wing is now home to a Tesco superstore on Mather Avenue in Allerton. Aigburth Vale High School also no longer exists and is now home to a number of private apartments.[1]


In 2001 the school underwent a major refurbishment as part of the Private Finance Initiative scheme. The entire site has been overhauled, with the old Calder Wing now virtually demolished. Only Calder House is now left from the old Calder Wing and this now houses the Sixth form. A new Arts Wing has been built which houses the English, MFL, Arts and Music departments. The old Quarry Wing was divided up into 2 separate buildings. One is Quarry House which houses both the ICT and History departments whilst also containing the main office for the school. The main classroom core of the Quarry Wing is now known as the Science Wing and houses a very large number of science labs. The school was also awarded 'Specialist Science Status' in 2001 which allows it to provide first class science facilities for its pupils.


Quarry Bank High School

Calder High School for Girls

Aigburth Vale High School for Girls

Calderstones Community Comprehensive School

Teaching Staff

Senior Management


  • Mrs E.M. Russell

Deputy Headteachers

  • Mr. L. Ratcliffe (T&L)
  • Miss S. Maguire (Pastoral)

Assistant Headteachers

  • Mr. S. McDermott (T&L)
  • Mr. P. Ellis (Pastoral)

Assistant Headteachers (Associates)

  • Mr. S. Williams
  • Mr. L. O'Hanlon
  • Miss S. York
  • Mr A. Preston

Heads of Department

  • Head of English - Dr A. Cowan
  • Head of Mathematics - Mr S. Williams
  • Head of Physics (and Science) - Mr J. Cain
  • Head of Biology - Miss R. Nicholls
  • Head of Chemistry - Dr D. Ellson
  • Head of Modern Languages - Mr P. Avison
  • Head of History - Mr K Derbyshire
  • Head of Geography - Mrs D. Whiteside
  • Head of Music - Mr C. Sheard
  • Head of Art - Mrs S. Fawcett
  • Head of Religious Studies - Mrs R. Carney/Mr J. Buluma (acting)
  • Head of ICT - Mr O. Mayne
  • Head of Business/Economics - Mr C. Levy
  • Head of Physical Education - Mr P. Gibbons
  • Head of Design & Technology - Mr P. Brown
  • Head of PSHE/Citizenship - Miss E. McEvoy
  • Head of SEN - Mrs P. McDermott

Notable Teachers


Calderstones Park is just across the road from the school's premises. The parish church of All Hallows Allerton, at the bottom of Harthill Road and across from the school's playing fields, boasts an unequalled display of stained glass windows made by William Morris from Edward Burne-Jones's designs.


External links

  • Calderstones School

Coordinates: 53°22′57″N 2°54′03″W / 53.3825°N 2.9009°W / 53.3825; -2.9009

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