Junior Boys News

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

Junior Boys Book and Biscuit Sale

On Friday 9th June Mrs Wynne, Y4W and the PTA organised a book and biscuit sale.  This event gave pupils the opportunity to recycle old books, eat biscuits and read.  The tables were full of exciting books for all ages, the biscuits and cakes were delicious and due to their amazing selling techniques we managed to raise over £200 to spend on new books for the Junior School library.  A special thanks to the PTA members for all their hard work.

Science Workshop Fun for Junior Boys

On Wednesday 7th June Year 4 and 6 where lucky enough to attend the hands on science workshop.  Working scientifically they explored the human body, considered why we need to exercise, have a good diet and dissected hearts.  As you can see from the photographs fun was had by all.

U11 Cricket Team are Lancashire Champions

On Monday 19th June the U11 cricket team travelled to Blackburn to play in the final of the Lancashire Cup (Plate). Having won the main trophy the last two years the boys were keen to come home with some gold coloured medals.

It was a 12 over a side pairs match with each pair batting three overs. At the toss, the opposition- Hulme Court Grammar School from Oldham- elected to bat first. We bowled pretty well, although one or two of our lads were a bit rusty. In the first 9 overs we picked up five wickets effectively restricting their score (5 runs are deducted for each wicket). However their last pair contained a Lancashire U11 player who promptly laid into all our bowlers smashing 5 sixes and 2 fours in his short innings. This meant we faced the more daunting task of chasing 64 to win.

All our batsmen stepped up to the mark and we did not lose a wicket. After 9 overs we passed their score with ease. Oliver Raw then played sensibly and cautiously to see us through a tense last overs to win the game by two runs.

The boys were all delighted and enjoyed a tasty lunch provided by our hosts before travelling back to Crosby.

Team: M Clarke (wckt), O Raw, C McGowan (capt), H Sinker, J Rose, J Flanagan, H Baker,  M Whitehurst

French Day

French Day at the Boys’ Junior School was a lively affair and brought back memories from a recent trip to Normandy for pupils in Years 5 and 6. The boys and staff dressed for the occasion in french inspired outfits or in red, white and blue. Lunch had a french theme too. It was a memorable day and we were able to experience France without ever leaving Crosby!

(More photos have been posted onto our Facebook page)

Junior Boys’ Sports Day

Congratulations to all boys on their efforts and good behaviour on Sports’ Day. We were all impressed with the commitment and determination shown by our young athletes. It was also very pleasing to see the way the boys encouraged and supported each other and the sportsmanship shown throughout the afternoon. Thanks to all the many parents who came along to support this event.

Special congratulations should go to Monty Barr in Y5 who broke one of our oldest records in the 400m, which was previously recorded in 1984 by Max Munro.

Reminder to parents: Trophies won at Sports’ Day can be engraved and kept for a year. Please return these next June. Medals can be kept by pupils.

Service of Thanksgiving for Louis Simpson

The whole school, alongside his family, joined together on Friday 16th June for a Service of Thanksgiving to remember and give thanks for the life of Louis Simpson, a pupil at the school from 2013 to 2017.

The service was held in St Faith’s Church, Crosby and was planned and prepared with great love by Louis’s friends in Year 9  – they had reflected on their friend who had such an impact on them and with whom they shared laughter, joy, fun and also difficult times.   Through it all, and through facing the death of so lovely a friend, they honoured Louis in their prayers, readings, music and thanksgiving.   The service was very beautiful and all of us who were privileged to be there, while very sad, were also uplifted by the actions of Year 9 pupils and deeply proud of them.  The Middle Girls’ School Chamber Choir’s rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, one of Louis’s favourite Liverpool anthems, was particularly poignant.

After the service, a tree was planted in Louis’s memory on the Boys’ School site in the presence of his family and friends.

This service will undoubtedly remind the pupils of the friend they have lost and their personal sadness so the following advice from bereavement experts may be helpful as you talk with your son or daughter:  

  • Tell the truth. Talk about death vs. “going to sleep.”
  • Allow for your son to talk about feelings. If this is the first loss your son has experienced, he may not know how to respond and will be looking for your guidance.
  • Affirm all expressions.  It is okay to express feelings honestly. Tolerate the expressions rather than dismissing them or discouraging the expression of feelings.
  • Encourage for written expressions such notes, letters
  • Reaffirm that your child is safe and that your child is loved.
  • Affirm that your son’s reaction is normal and you understand the way he feels.
  • Help your son to return to as normal routine as possible.

Delighted Pupils from Little Crosby Primary School Win Cricket Festival

Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School was delighted to welcome 80 Year 5 and 6 primary school pupils to take part in its annual Kwik Cricket Festival in Crosby.

Kwik cricket is a high-speed version of cricket aimed at encouraging children to take part in the main sport.   Many of the rules are adapted from cricket and can be altered so that virtually any number of children can play in the time available.  For this festival each school brought 10 players – with 8 per team on the pitch at one time and each team played 4 games and had a great day of cricket.

The festival winners were St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Little Crosby.  Rachael Webb, who brought the victorious team, commented that “the pupils were absolutely thrilled to win.   For some of them, it was the first thing they have ever won with school”.     Thomas from Year 5 said “it was amazing!    We’ve never done a cricket tournament before, or even really played cricket, so it was really great to win!   It’s one of my favourite memories ever from school.”  It was the first time the pupils from Little Crosby had visited Merchant Taylors’ which made the victory even more special for them.

David Cook, Headmaster at Merchant Taylors’, was delighted to welcome so many enthusiastic cricketers to school.  “Currently we have 8 boys from various year groups who have been selected for Lancashire cricket teams.  One of our pupils, George Lavelle, captained the England Under 16 team in 2016 and has been selected to play for the full Lancashire 2nd XI in several games already this season.   Another of our 1st team players, Tom Hartley represented MCC Schools at Lords last year and we are celebrating our Under 15 team recently becoming North of England champions in the ESCA Cup.   It is excellent to see so many boys and girls taking part in today’s festival and that the future of the sport looks to be in safe hands”.



Eco-Schools Visit Junior Boys

Yesterday, Lilian Stewart from Eco-Schools, visited our school.  MTJBS eco-council showed her around showcasing the fantastic work they have completed over the past few years on how we are carrying out ways to look after the environment we live in. She reviewed our action plan and checked our evidence.  The boys thoroughly enjoyed showing her around the school ,our John Bebb garden and especially our new energy owl which we are using to help us save energy within the school.  We are now awaiting the results about whether we have achieved the ‘Green Flag Award’ status. Fingers crossed!

Year 4 Career Day

On Friday 19th may 2017 parents gave up their time to talk to a small groups of pupils about their careers. This aimed to assist the pupils in expanding their knowledge about different occupations within the community. Giving them an understanding of the jobs they could train for In the future. We were lucky enough to have a range of occupations including a vet, dentist, nurse, educational film director, police and a member of the home office. It was a successful morning and the pupils were keen to ask the questions they had prepared earlier in the week.