Primary School 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.


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Magical Maths Club Returns to Stanfield

Following the success of our previous Magical Maths Clubs, we are pleased that Professor Poopenshtinken will be returning to Stanfield in September to offer a whole new course of Magical Maths activities.

Professor Poopenshtinken, the mathematical genius, came to join us again in assembly to visit KS1 and he was fantastic! He showed us some magic tricks using his mathematical magic. Reception and Year One watched with wonder as the professor used all his skills to beat the teachers and their calculators as he read some mysterious and magic stones!

Mrs Bonner will be running this club, which begins in September and runs after school each Tuesday. Any available places can be booked by following the link:

This is a completely new course for all children, so those returning to the club will not be repeating any activities. If you have any further questions, contact Mrs Bonner at

Chair of Governors awarded CBE

The Schools were delighted to receive news that the Chair of the Governors, Beverley Bell, has been awarded a CBE for her services to Road Safety and the Freight Industry.

Beverley is an Old Girl of MTS (1971 – 1978) and has served as the Chair of the Governors since July 2016. Her award comes in recognition of her years of service in the transport industry, having been an independent regulator of the commercial vehicle industry for 17 years. Having graduated from the University of Liverpool in Law, she qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and opened her own practice in 1990 specialising in criminal and transport law. She was appointed as North-West Traffic Commissioner in 2000 at that time being the youngest the first female to hold the role. She was later appointed as Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain in 2011, and she retired from both roles on 31st May 2017.

Speaking about receiving the award, Beverley said:

“I am surprised and delighted in equal measure. But this award is not just about my contribution but about the Traffic Commissioners and all they do to promote and champion the transport industry. The industry sometimes has a poor reputation which it doesn’t deserve and I have always been keen to promote the industry which literally keeps Great Britain moving”.

The Department for Transport also released the following statement, acknowledging Beverley’s commitment and dedication to the industry she has made her profession:

“We want to add our congratulations to Beverley Bell on this award following her retirement as Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England and latterly as Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain. She continues to champion the transport industries and will see this as a reflection of their importance to Great Britain. HGV and PSV operators make a major contribution to our economy, provide significant employment opportunities and strive to ensure the safety of our roads. It is right that this is recognised. We are delighted for all those working in the field of transport who have been recognised by the Queen this year and in particular to Beverley after 17 years of public service”.

Year 4 Aztec Day – reports by Lucy Edey and Coco Millar

Year 4 Aztec Day!  by Lucy Edey

On Thursday 15th June the Year 4 girls at Stanfield had an Aztec Day at Calmecac Aztec School.  We had to wear a sheet tied over our shoulder with a belt and a t-shirt.

When we got into school we had to write our names backwards on a sticky label so Mrs Richardson would call us our Aztec name.  Mrs Richardson’s name was Arabrab and mine was Ycul.  When we had done that we designed headbands with felt pen.  After we finished Arabrab made it fit on our heads and added a feather.

When everybody had finished, Arabrab prepared some tortillas, peppers, avocado and tomato.  I only got a tortilla and some pepper.  Afterwards, Arabrab poured us a cup of Aztec chocolate milk and we also had Aztec chocolate, I really like it.

Just before break time, Tony the school photographer came in and took some photos.  He did a really cool one and he asked us to slowly move forwards.  He took a lot of pictures very quickly and I think it’s going to look amazing!

After morning break time we had to make a menu for Montezuma.  Montezuma was expecting at least 30 courses but Arabrab said she wanted about 15 courses!  I found out that the Aztecs ate doe, rabbit, frogs and even turtle!  I DEFINITELY will not eat any of them.  We wrote the menu in our GWB.  We also learnt the good manners.  They sound very strict.

Then we had lunch.  After lunch we did some Aztec art.  We made Gods Eyes.  It was quite hard at first but then I got the hang of it.  Arabrab cut us some coloured wool for us to make it with.  We got some twigs and put them in a cross.  We tied the twigs together with a piece of wool.  Different colours of wool mean different things, like blue wool means rain and green wool means the crops growing.

After break time we went straight to the hall to do an Aztec dance.  The other year 4 teacher Haras taught us the dance.  It was really fun.  We had to do a sequence of moves to an Aztec piece of music.

At the end of the day one person from each class got sacrificed.  The person from Haras’s class was Enraef.  Because the Aztecs weren’t very fait we made it fair.  Arabrab cut up some pieces of paper and put a cross on one, whoever got ht epiece of paper with the cross on got sacrificed.

My favourite part of the day was making gods Eyes because it was fun.  I really enjoyed that and I will never forget it.


Aztec Day by Coco Millar

On Thursday 15th June year 4 had Aztec day. We came in authentic costumes and attended Calmacac school. To start off we decorated paper and made hats. A little later we tasted Aztec food. We tried avocado, tortillas, peppers, tomato, a chocolate drink and dark chocolate. Then, we wrote the rules of Calmcac school. Eiddam had been naught and was hung over the chilli fire. We learned more about what the Aztecs lived like and ate. Then we prepared a sixteen course meal for a God. After Lunch, we went to do some dancing in the hall it was great fun! We were split up into four different groups and we made different dances. To finish off the day Eiddam and Enraef were sacrificed by me and Alleb. My favourite part of Aztec day was the food tasting because I got to try new things! Everybody said they really enjoyed the experience and thought it was fun to step back I time.

AJIS Athletics Success

Congratulations to the Year 5 and 6 Girls’ who competed in the AJIS Athletics last week. 11 girls took part in what is always a very tough competition. Many of the girls made the finals in their events meaning they were the quickest 8 in the North West. As well as this, we came away with silverware in an AJIS event, silver in the long jump, bronze in the high jump and gold in the Year 6 relay.

The girls involved were S. Holt, O. Davidson, A. Kahramaner, F. Kelly, I. Kirby, A. Gregson, R. Curzon, E. Wake, H. Neave, E. Clark.

Well done girls!

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”.