Senior Boys News

Boys Collect ‘Making a Difference’ Challenge Awards

A group of Merchant Taylors’ Year 10 boys visited the University of Liverpool Management School on Tuesday 25th April to collect the awards they had won for the ‘Making a Difference’ challenge. The project, which invites schools to present a business case for philanthropic efforts in the local community, involved synthesising marketing, advertising and budgeting elements in a presentation judged ultimately by the Director of Studies for Marketing at the Management School. Three groups won prizes, with the team led by Noah Williams and Scott Thomson securing the prestigious Directors’ Prize.

The competition was run through our Middle School enrichment programme, World Tomorrow Today and Mr Simpson, who runs the World Tomorrow Today programme, commented that the awards were ‘a vindication of our intention to have boys acquire skills that are wholly essential in the world of work at a young age and to offer them the opportunity to interact with other institutions and organisations. To this extent I am very grateful to the Management School for giving up so much time to provide feedback on the projects submitted’.

Below is a photograph of representatives from the three winning teams.

Year 11 Boys Experience the Medical Profession

During the Easter break, twelve boys from years 10 and 11 took the time to gain work experience at the Wigan Hospital Cardiology department. The boys were able to gain a valuable insight into the medical profession and were fortunate to experience many aspects of Cardiology.
Shadowing Dr Gulliford, Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine, and his colleagues doing ward rounds on acute admissions gave the boys hands on experience of the day-to-day role of a doctor. They attended the Academic Cardiology Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting and were shown around WWL Heart Centre, the Coronary Care Unit, the Cardiac Department and the Cardiac Catheterisation Unit. To help them understand more about the subject of Cardiology, they were given a lecture on Cardiac anatomy, Blood Circulation in the foetus, and a short talk on the history of milestones in Cardiology. In addition to this they were shown how the various investigations are conducted in the Cardiology Department and attended outpatient clinics at the Thomas Linacre Centre, which exposed them to a different aspect of medicine. The boys were also fortunate to have the chance to meet Mr Robert Armstrong, Chairman of the Trust who is photographed below with the students.
For these boys who are hoping to go on to higher education and careers in this field, having this experience will provide them with a greater understanding of the expectations and demands of these professions. They are now aware of the vital skills required in these roles such as the importance of maintaining confidentiality. The boys were able to learn a great deal from their time spent in the Cardiology department and all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Callum takes Bronze at the British Schools Judo Championships

Congratualtions to Callum Davidson who was amongst the medals at the British Schools Judo Championship held in Sheffield earlier in April. Over 650 competitors took part with around 400 schools represented. Amongst a strong field Callum, who is in Year 8, started strongly advancing to the semi final.  Unfortunately he was beaten in the semi final but showed great determination to rally and put in a professional display in the Bronze medal final to take the bronze.
Callum said ‘I’m really happy to have won this medal and have to have represented MTBS at a national event.’
This achievement follows on from his recent success at the North West Closed Judo Championship held in Blackburn in October where Callum took home the Gold medal.

Outstanding Mathematical Achievements for MTBS

It all adds up for Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School’s Maths Department with a succession of outstanding achievements at national competitions. 

Most recently, after taking part in the Regional Finals, Year 9 pupils David Xu, Shaun Fernando, George Farrar and Aakash Dharmaraj are through to the National Final of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Junior Maths Challenge which will be held in London in June. In what was a very close contest, against 30 other schools, the team came out on top after 4 rounds of combining teamwork and individual efforts to solve a myriad of maths problems.  This achievement places the team into the top 60 schools in the country. 


The UKMT Team Challenge aims to promote mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills within a competitive environment.  This marks the second such success within the last few months after a group of Sixth Form boys, Jack Zhou, Andy Park, Max Cadman and Dylan Wang, took part in the UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge at Carnatic Halls, Liverpool University.  After winning this regional competition they took part in the National Final last month and were placed within the top 40 schools in the UK.


Maths is at the core of the academic offering at Merchant Taylors’, last year 72% of boys achieved A*/A grades at GCSE with many boys taking their GCSEs a year early in Year 10.  Individual successes in national competitions have been outstanding and just before Christmas 15 boys entered the UKMT Senior Individual Maths Challenge achieving 4 Golds, 2 Silvers and 6 Bronzes. David Xu who achieved a Gold has also qualified for the Senior British Math Olympiad. Jack Zhou, Jiaming Zhang and Tiantian Gao achieved Gold and qualified for the Senior Kangaroo Competition, which is sat by invitation only.

Headmaster David Cook said ‘to achieve so much at such a high level is testament to our boys’ abilities and their hard work.  It also reflects the extremely high calibre of the maths being taught at Merchant Taylors’. ’

Sefton Super Reads Award Afternoon

Thursday 30th March, at Crosby Library

Pupils from several schools met at Crosby Library to hear which author had won the annual Sefton Super Reads award.  Two of the authors were able to attend, and gave fascinating accounts of their writing processes.

Ally Sherrick told us how she had always loved writing, but it was only after she left her job in public relations that she was able to turn her hobby into being a full time writer. Black Powder was her first published novel. Because she writes historical fiction, she spends a lot of time reading and researching the period she is writing about.

Laurel Remington works as an environmental lawyer and fits her writing round her job and family of three girls.  She confessed that she was not a good cook, but that she had checked the culinary accuracy of the baking for The Secret Cooking Club.  She was inspired by the idea of the effect of a mother’s blog on her children, and by her children’s love of baking.  Her novel found a publisher when it won The Times Chicken House prize.

Several of our boys entered the book review competition, and Oliver Bigley was awarded one of the book token prizes, for his review of Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.  This book was announced as the 2017 winner at the end of the afternoon.

Appointment of Acting Headmaster for Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School from September 2017

The Governors of Merchant Taylors’ Schools are delighted to announce the appointment of Deiniol Williams as Acting Head of the Senior Boys’ School from September 2017.

Deiniol Williams joined Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School in September 2014 as Deputy Headmaster (Pastoral) and a Teacher of Biology. He spent the first nineteen years of his career working in boys’ schools until he took on the role as Head of Sixth Form at Wisbech Grammar School, a co-ed environment. He has a BSc(Hons) in Marine Biology and he currently plays the cornet and trumpet as well as being a nationally qualified Sub Aqua Instructor.

Beverley Bell, Chair of Governors commented that “we are delighted to have someone with Deiniol’s warmth, energy and ability to lead the Boys’ Senior School from September. The Board of Governors would like to take this opportunity to thank David Cook for all he has done for the school during his 12 years as Headmaster and wish him the best of luck when he takes on his new role”.

Deiniol Williams commented “I am extremely honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School from September 2017. I look forward to working with Governors, Staff and Boys to build on David Cook’s legacy in order to develop the School’s impressive reputation and standing on both a local and national level”.


Liverpool City Drinks 2017

This year’s annual Liverpool City Drinks took place at the historic Racquet Club Hotel in Chapel Street.  Over 60 former pupils (of all ages), former staff, parents as well as current school staff attended throughout the evening.  The event was organised by the Schools’ Alumni Relations department and sponsored by the Old Girls’ Association.  It was great opportunity for those working in the Liverpool area to network with people from the Merchants’ community and to catch up with old friends.

Festival Gold For Bigley Brothers 

Oliver & Joseph Bigley, two brothers from the Junior and Senior Boys’ School, had a roaring success at the Wirral Speech and Drama Competition this weekend. The Wirral Festival is a key date in drama competition diaries as it has been running for over 50 years.

Both boys came home with a selection of trophies after beating stiff competition and winning their classes in verse, prose, a solo acting piece and a duologue acting section.

Both boys worked very hard on their pieces and are now starting work on their next LAMDA Exams before work commences on new pieces for the up and coming festivals at the end of the year. Well done boys!

Boys Enjoy Success at The British Physics Olympiad

The British Physics Olympiad has run national competitions in UK schools for 25 years to reward and challenge the best physicists. The exam papers stretch lateral thinking and encourage students to apply fundamental principles in novel situations. Of our pupils who took part in the GCSE Challenge paper, Mazin Karem achieved a silver award, placing him in the top 10% of students nationally. Bronze awards were achieved by Adam Weston, Raymond Win, Rahul Panikker, Abhinav Rajendron and Joe Saffer. Congratulations to all the boys who took part!

Guest Speaker James Shone Gives Motivational Speech to Parents

Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School was delighted to welcome an outside speaker, Mr James Shone, to Crosby to speak to pupils, staff and parents on one of the biggest issues facing young people today – mental ill health.

James feels that ‘mental ill health is the new cancer of our young people today’ and believes passionately that it is very important for young people to learn how to make wise choices; “we can all learn so much from our mistakes and how to develop robust and wise decision making”.

James was a school teacher and house master, forced to quit teaching in 2013 following a brain tumour that left him without sight and his body partially disabled. Motivated by his desire to see children fulfil their potential, James set up the charity ‘I Can And I Am‘ and has spent three years visiting hundreds of schools to speak about his journey and the importance of inflating the balloon of self-belief.

James joins an eminent list of outside speakers who have visited the school as part of the Merchant Taylors’ Speaker Series.   General Paul Nanson, CBE visited in September last year to address the school and local community on ‘Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow,’ and Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore had visited six months earlier to deliver a presentation on ‘The Adolescent Brain’ where she mounted a strong defence for every teenager in Britain who has ever slammed a door, smoked a cigarette or driven a car too fast!

‘It is always a privilege to welcome specialists to our school to share their knowledge with our pupils, staff, parents and local community and James Shone is a truly remarkable man with an inspirational message’ said David Cook, Headmaster.