Primary School News

Junior Girls’ Swimming Success

Merchant Taylors’ Junior Girls’ swimming team have been celebrating a successful season. The girls travelled to Darwen on the 20th April 2016, for the AIJS Swimming Championships. The girls had great success at the event, reaching all the finals and coming away with five gold medals. The under 10 Individual Medley was won by Evie Warnock (who swam two years up), the under 10 Breaststroke was won by Ashlyn Warnock, who also set a new record in this event and in the Under 10 Butterfly, Hannah Neave was the winner. Both the Under 10 Medley and Freestyle Relay teams came first and a new record was set by the girls for the Medley Relay. The team consisted of Grace Barr, Ashlyn Warnock, Hannah Neave and Elizabeth Wake.


Full AIJS Team photo, from left to right; Victoria Woodier, Ashlyn Warnock, Niamh Scott McCormack, Elizabeth Wake, Harini Sethuraman, Evie Warnock, Hannah Neave, Grace Barr, Isabella Green, Maya Ravindran and Grace Maciver.


As well as this the Junior team also qualified for the English Schools Swimming Association National Primary Schools Relay Finals, which will be held in Sheffield on the 18th June. The girls qualified in both the Medley and Freestyle Relays and are looking forward to the challenge ahead. The team consists of Maya Ravindran, Niamh Scott McCormack, Ashlyn Warnock, Hannah Neave, Grace Maciver and Isabella Green.


The English Schools National Finals Team, from left to right; Ashlyn Warnock, Niamh Scott McCormack, Maya Ravindran, Hannah Neave, Isabella Green and Grace Maciver.

Well done and good luck to all the girls who are involved.

Boys’ Celebrate Excellent Inspection

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Merchant Taylors’ Senior and Junior Boys’ are celebrating an outstanding Inspection Report after the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) praised the School as being ‘Excellent’ in the key categories of Pastoral Care, Pupils’ Personal Development, Curricular and extra-curricular Provision, Safeguarding, Governance, Leadership and Management.

Below are some of the direct quotes from the Report.  Click to read the full Report and the Headmaster’s letter.

Report Quotes – March 2016

Academic Excellence:

  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic, pupils respond well to academic rigour.
  • The academic curriculum has been enhanced since 2010 and is now excellent.
  • Pupils benefit from much specialist subject teaching.
  • The inspection endorsed the school’s aim to ‘enable pupils to reach the highest possible levels of personal achievement and academic attainment, inside and outside the classroom’.
  • Expertise in mathematics and physics is demonstrated by pupil’s success in National Challenge events.
  • Pupils throughout the school have a very positive attitude to learning.
  • The post-16 curriculum offers pupils an excellent range of subjects.

Extra Curricular:

  • Extra-curricular opportunities are excellent.
  • The breadth of the extra-curricular and enrichment offering is also a strength of the school.
  • The school successfully encourages all pupils to take part in the wide selection of cultural and sporting activities. Pupils value these opportunities not just in terms of enjoyment, but also in the chances they provide to represent the school, and to take on leadership and management roles.
  • There are over 200 music lessons per week.
  • The ethos of the CCF develops integrity, loyalty and respect for others.
  • The ability to be self-reflective and ambitious is something that runs as a constant throughout a pupil’s time at school with a view to developing skills of integrity, compassion and resilience.


  • The personal development of pupils is excellent.
  • They are self-confident without a hint of arrogance.
  • They have a purposeful strength of what they want to do next and are ready to meet the challenges of adult life.
  • Pupils benefit from excellent systems of pastoral support, including careers guidance.
  • A welcoming and friendly community. Pupils are courteous and kind and show respect for those who teach or care for them.
  • Pupils’ self-discipline and calm purpose are evident through excellent behaviour both in class and as they make their way around the school.


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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

O1n the 23rd April at 11am, CBeebies will air their adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was performed and filmed in Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. It looks to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and aims to
introduce young children into the exciting world of Shakespeare.

The crew was bursting with CBeebies cast members such as; Mr Tumble, Mr Cook as well as Line from Swashbuckle, and Chris and Pui from Show Me Show Me. Other cast members included presenters Andy Day and2 Cat Sandion along with  Nicholas Burns from Benidorm and Josette Simon OBE.

Yet for one local girl, Evie Verity Clark, a year 3 pupil at Merchant Taylors’ Infant School, the adventure went one step further, when she had the opportunity not only to meet the cast, but to also preform alongside them. Evie herself plays ‘Peaseblossom’, one of the fairies, as well as playing another smaller role as a page. Evie worked hard throughout the long and exciting day, and thoroughly enjoyed herself.

The full preview can be seen on the CBeebies Player, or by going to the CBeebies website.


Reception Visit Stockley Farm

The reception classes recently enjoyed a fun-filled and busy day out at Stockley Farm. The children made some new and interesting friends and had the opportunity to meet and feed the latest additions to the farm. As well as this the children explored the surrounding woodland and even enjoyed a ride on the back of the tractor.






Parent Careers/Work Experience Survey

Dear Parent(s), Guardian(s),

Please follow this link to take you to a short survey on Parent Careers/Work Experience.  We have kept it concise to avoid ‘survey fatigue’ and are extremely grateful for you taking the time to fill it in:

The information, needless to say, is fully confidential and will not be shared with any other party.   It is purely to help us to continue to engage with our parent body and ensure we are providing your sons and daughters with the careers support and advice they need as they prepare to enter a constantly evolving and competitive work place.  This is not only for the older pupils – our pupils start making subject choices from Year 8 onwards – and these choices will be directed by ideas of what they are interested in and inspired by at that age.

Please can you complete this over the Easter break and we look forward to collating the information at the start of next term.   To all those of you who fill out a survey you will automatically be entered into a draw to win a bottle of champagne!


Yours sincerely,

DHCsig                                                                                                                         Louise Robinson

D H Cook                                                                                                                         L A Robinson

Headmaster                                                                                                                     Headmistress

Mad Science at Stanfield

This term our Junior Mad Scientists have had lots of fun investigating physics, chemistry and biology topics.

The pupils explored the senses and in particular how the others can affect our sense of taste.  We carried out blind taste tests, learned about nutrition and then created our own Jelly Tot sweets.

Another session was centred around light and observing the light spectrum through various lenses.  The children used torches and lasers to observe light beams.  It was a challenge to work out some of the optical illusions but we had lots of fun making our own periscopes.

In our chemical reactions session we investigated how heat can change materials.  We heated sugar and made our own candy floss – delicious!  We also created fireworks by burning magnesium, sodium and copper.  Our scientists got very messy making their own slime!

The session on electricity was very exciting.  We used balloons to create static electricity and used a Van de Graaf generator to observe our hair standing on end!  It was quite daunting to hold onto the generator and know the current of electricity was flowing through your body, but our brave scientists all enjoyed the challenge!