Girls Sixth Form News

Mental Toughness Week

Over the next few weeks leading up to half term the Schools have dedicated two weeks to assemblies, activities, lunchtime meetings and visitor presentations for pupils, staff and parents that address issues relating to Mental Toughness. For example, yesterday’s assembly at MTGS focused on pupils who achieve to a high standard in an activity. They were all asked to meet an even bigger challenge with being interviewed by the Headmistress in front of their peers to share ‘the secret of their success’ along with the highs and lows of their chosen disciplines – how mental toughness has helped them succeed.

Pictured top row left to right: Rachel Burnett (talented Musician); Abby Jones (National standard Swimmer); Mia Carragher (Dancer/actor); Emily Woodier (Regional standard Hockey Player); Angelina Dorlin-Barlow (talented Musician and Singer); Headmistress Mrs Louise Robinson.
Bottom row left to right: Pippa Bailey (National standard Sailing); Elizabeth Wake (National Biathlon); Sophie Gilbanks (National standard Rowing); Eira Murphy (Foyle Young Poet); Rebecca Southwart (National standard British Dressage); Saule Luneviciute (International Ice Dancer); Maisie Lavelle (National standard Tennis Player).


This Thursday, we are also very pleased to welcome Steve Oakes, Director of Education at AQR International, where he leads the work on mental toughness in education. He will be delivering a Mental Toughness Awareness presentation to the students and a training session to staff, as the school moves to embedding the “7 C’s” of Care, Courtesy, Consideration, Commitment, Challenge, Control and Confidence. Alongside this, we are welcoming parents between 7-8pm to hear Steve talk about how (as parents) you can help your children to develop the resilience, optimism and determination necessary to enable them to make great progress.

Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School Awarded British Chess Educational Trust Award

The British Chess Educational Trust  (BCET) is a registered charity set up over 50 years ago for the purposes of ‘The teaching, development and supervision of chess by young chess players in educational establishments’ and provides grants for awards to schools in recognition of chess activities.

The determination of recipients is delegated to the various regional Chess organisations including the Northern Counties’ Chess Union (NCCU) and within the NCCU membership are several county associations of which the Merseyside Chess Association (MCA) is one.

The NCCU asked the MCA to make a submission for an award for 2017 and consideration was then given as to which school should be recommended. After discussion among the MCA committee and with the advice and assistance of the MCA Junior Organiser, Mrs Cathy Rothwell, it was agreed to put forward MTGS as a well-deserved recipient and this was accepted by the NCCU and BCET.

Mrs Rothwell of the Southport Chess Club and Mr Jimmy Gallagher of the Liverpool Chess Club have been instrumental in the last couple of years in bringing into being a Merseyside Junior Chess organisation which has proved very active and of which a prominent member has been MTGS both for its playing teams but also for the provision of facilities and accommodation to enable multiple team matches and congresses to take place. These have been very successful and over 100 young players are expected to take part in the next congress at MTGS later this month.

On 28th September the current president of the MCA, Mr Mike Barrett of the Formby Chess Club, and a member of the NCCU Committee, visited the school to present the award of a beautiful traditional wooden chess set and board together with a very modern digital chess clock to the school Chess Club. The club meets weekly on Thursday lunchtimes and he was met by Mrs Barry and Mr Bradshaw who supervise this activity. He was then very pleasantly surprised to find approximately 30 girls from a number of school years settling down to play games or watch and advise their friends in play. It was clear from the provision of a buffet lunch for the girls and the sight of girls in Army or RAF fatigues with one or two in sports outfits that chess is only one of a number of activities that take place but that every effort is made to enable the girls to play chess as much as possible. In reply to a comment that the two adults might be unable to effectively tutor the large number of girls present Mr Barrett was told that the more experienced players helped their junior colleagues and this was apparent in that part of the room where the rudiments of chess were being explained to some beginners. He was also introduced to one or two players who had previously attended an Aughton primary school well known locally and indeed regionally for its quality of chess playing.

In presenting the award to representatives of the chess club Mr Barrett thanked the school for its hospitality and congratulated both it and its chess club members for their efforts, enthusiasm and success in promoting chess in the school and in the wider area of Merseyside. He said that those girls in military uniform especially would be able to understand the analogy of chess to war in terms of tactics, control of the board and limiting the availability of space and attacking opportunity to the opponent whilst pressing home one’s own attack either because of superior forces or with a dramatic attack. He wished all the players well in their endeavours and in return he was thanked for coming and presenting the award.

Head Girls 2017-18

We are delighted to introduce our new Head Girl Team 2017-18. Welcome Catherine Magennis (Head Girl), Sarah Tobin (Deputy Head Girl), Saoirse McGeown (Deputy Head Girl), Ellen Murgatroyd (Sports Captain) Ellie Morris (Deputy Sports Captain) and Sophie Ellis (Music Captain). We wish you all the very best in your new roles!


From left: Sophie Ellis (Music Captain), Ellen Murgatroyd (Sports Captain), Saoirse McGeown (Deputy Head Girl), Catherine Magennis (Head Girl), Sarah Tobin (Deputy Head Girl), Ellie Morris (Vice Sports Captain).


Head Girls Supper 2017

Mrs Robinson welcomed back Old Head Girls from the past eleven years to join her for the annual Head Girls’ Supper.

The supper had added poignancy this year, as Mrs Robinson enters her final year as Headmistress of MTGS. She was joined by Head Girls mainly from her previous years at the School. Of particular note was returning alumni Kate Attwood, who was a Head Girl whilst the current Head Girl team were in Year 7.

In attendance were Pramudi Wijayasiri, Kate Attwood, Laura McGuckin, Millie McCaughrean, Esme Malley, Sarah Goldstein, Eleanor O’Shaughnessy, Sara Algebara, Milly Cadman, Saoirse McGowan, Sarah Tobin, Catherine Magennis, Oishi Sikdar, Sophie Marsh and Rosie Solomon.

The girls were joined by the Deputy Heads of School, Miss Tyndall and Dr Bush, as well as the current Head Girl team for a delicious three course meal in the Library at MTGS and a lovely time was had by all.


School Photographs

Please note that individual school photographs will be taking place for Year 7, Year 10 and Lower Sixth on the morning of the 12th September 2017.

At the end of the academic year we had a number of calls from parents asking for details of how to to order photographs that have been taken over the course of the year. With this in mid, Bentley Photography have combined all the photos taken and uploaded them to their website with one set of log in details. Therefore, please see the link below to access photographs:!!AQYJD1BdUjQnEnJmc34gTn9pW30yJys0fmEABAoHXA==

Photographs ordered will no longer be delivered via the school, but directly to your address.

“E Safety for Parents” Deana Puccio and Allison Havey: Tuesday 12th September 2017

Come and join us for our E Safety for Parents talk on the 12th September. Deana and Allison co-founded the Raising Awareness and Prevention (RAP) Project to raise awareness to pre-teens, teenagers, young adults, teachers and parents about personal safety issues on and off line. This E-Safety presentation helps parents to understand what their kids are doing online. It will focus on the dangers of careless use of the internet, sexting, cyber bullying, grooming, indiscretion, and how one’s reputation on the internet cannot be ‘deleted’. Most importantly, Deana and Allison work on how to try and control what your child is exposed to and how to influence what they choose to expose themselves to.

Allison and Deana will be signing copies of their new book after their presentation which will be available to buy for £10 (rrp £12.99). This book acknowledges that it is simply not possible to monitor every aspect of a teenager’s online world, and insight into what they might be looking at, advice on how to talk to teens about social media to help keep them safe and the warning signs to look out for.

To book your complimentary places, please email or use the online booking link at

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Rowing Success

Congratulations to Sophie Gillbanks of MTGS and her partner Georgia Shirley (St Mary’s School, Northwich RC) for their outstanding achievement upon winning their seventh national rowing title together last month in Nottingham, at the British Rowing Junior Championships 2017.

Sophie and Georgia once again achieved the fastest time in the Time Trial on the Saturday, comfortably winning their Semi-Final on the Sunday morning with a time of 08:19.19. They then went on to win the Final to gain another gold medal for their third consecutive year, with a time of 08:14.24 in the Women’s Junior 16 Double Sculls.

Sophie’s sister Lucy (an Old Girl of MTGS), also represented GB Universities at the European Championships, held in Serbia, the same weekend Sophie was competing in Nottingham. Lucy brought home two silver medals, one in the Women’s Lightweight Quad and another in the Women’s Lightweight Double.

The girls have thrived due to their outstanding levels of commitment, hard work and focus and have all performed incredibly well. We hope to see more great successes in the years to come.



British Rowing Championships. (2017). 2017 British Rowing Junior Championships.

A Level Results 2017

This year’s outstanding A Level results once again reinforce Merchant Taylors’ Schools’ position at the top of the local league tables.  With a pass rate of 100% at the Girls’ School and 99.9% at the Boys’ School, over two thirds of all exams were achieved at the highest grades. Many students have gained their first choice University course to study a diverse range of subjects from Medicine, Law and Physics to Engineering, Mathematics and Classics.   All three Oxbridge offer students have had their places confirmed. Jessy Li and Leon Reason are both going to Cambridge; Jessy to study Engineering and Leon to study History. Shenghao Zhou is going to Oxford to read Mathematics.

Merchant Taylors’ is committed to providing scholarships and two students, Andrew Park and Samantha Jones, have benefited this year from fully assisted places, co-funded by the School and the Ogden Trust.  Andrew, who plays basketball for Wales, has achieved all A*/A grades and will study Medicine at Newcastle.  Samantha has opted for a different path and will be taking up her award of a three year Aerospace Engineering Apprenticeship with BAE Systems.

Today’s results are particularly notable as they are the first of the new linear A Level system introduced by the Government in 2015, designed to make exams more challenging.  With this added pressure, Merchants’ recognise the importance of strong pastoral support, an area in which it was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in the recent Independent Schools’ Inspectorate Inspections.

All this success comes in a year of numerous extra-curricular achievements in sport, music and drama.  The schools also reached two national finals with the Girls’ athletics team and the Boys’ cricket team.

Headmistress of the Girls’ School, Mrs Louise Robinson, praised the girls for their achievements, she said ‘I am delighted that the hard work and perseverance, supported by the excellent specialist academic staff, have been rewarded by fantastic results.’ Mr Deiniol Williams, in his role as Headmaster of the Boys’ School said ‘I am very proud of what our boys have achieved over the last two years – they deserve every success. Today’s results are just reward for the efforts which have been applied by students to their academic studies. Of course, none of this could have been achieved without the dedication of our subject-specialist teachers and the support of our parents.’


Leon Reason
Andrew Park
Jess Offlands and Sophie Orr are both scholarship girls on full assistance. Jess is going to St Andrews to study Medicine and Sophie to Royal Holloway to study History.


A full album of photographs is available here on our Facebook page

BAE Apprenticeship for Samantha

Congratulations to Upper Sixth student Samantha Jones who has been awarded a three year Aerospace Engineering Apprenticeship with BAE Systems subject to her achieving the requisite A level grades. Having made it through the highly competitive application process, consisting of an online test, Samantha was invited to attend an interview in Preston. Following a timed dexterity test where she was tasked to build the basic structure of a typhoon, Samantha was offered one of only 50 places on the apprenticeship scheme.
This alternative to university will allow Samantha to make valuable contacts and learn hands on about the industry whilst getting paid to do so. She will spend her first year learning together with other apprentices before specialising in her second and third years. With potential to secure a career with BAE Systems following completion of her three years, this promises to be a rewarding and successful further education route.
Samantha joined Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School in Sixth Form as an Ogden Scholar and chose to study Physics, Maths and Art at A level. She thoroughly enjoys the diversity of her subjects and hopes to combine them in a creative role in engineering design in the future. STEM subjects are extremely desirable to employers and are very popular amongst students at Merchant Taylors’. As more women are being inspired into scientific careers, Samantha is proud to be entering this industry. She added “BAE Systems is an amazing company and I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity. I would like to thank Mrs Copley for suggesting it as an option for me to pursue.”

Oxbridge Candidates 2017

Merchant Taylors’ are delighted with this year’s successful students who have recently received offers to study at Oxford or Cambridge University from September 2017.

Leon Reason, a student from Aintree has been offered a place to read History at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge.  A keen student of History, English Language and Government and Politics, and after a rigorous interview process, Leon has secured his place at the university of his choice against fierce opposition.  Leon is a curious and very hard working student with a passion and love of reading.  In addition to Leon, Jack Zhou has been offered a place to read Mathematics at Queens College Oxford.  Maths is one of the most competitive courses at university; Jack’s natural intelligence, ability and determination have shone through, throughout his time at the school and he thoroughly deserves this offer to study at one of the world’s top centres of learning.  Jack is also part of a four man team at the Boys’ School, who have won through to the national finals of the UK Maths Challenge Competition, later in the spring, where they will compete against the best 32 schools in the country.     Merchant Taylors’ is particularly strong in the sciences and Maths; this is the third offer to a student at MTBS, to study Maths at Oxford, in the past three years.

Not to be outdone by the boys, Jessy Li from Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School has been offered a place at Cambridge to read aerospace engineering.  Jessy is studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics.  She visited Leicester Space centre with the School and designed and launched a rocket! She has also attended the Institute of Physics lectures and the X-ray Mass Spectrometer Gala (XMaS) organised by Liverpool University to engage young women in STEM based subjects.  Jessy won a Gold award in the National Senior Maths Challenge and Merit in the Kangaroo stage of the competition as well as the Liverpool Physics Olympics. A highly motivated student, Jessy already has a grade A in her Chinese A level and is on track for a string of A* grades.