Senior Girls 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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MTGS 2017 Team Kit Orders

Orders for Team Kit can now be placed with our Kukri MTGS Team Kit Shop 

The Kukri MTGS Team Kit Shop will be open until 14th August with a delivery time of 8 weeks. Players should receive their new kit by the October Half Term break. Please take care when ordering as once placed, the order cannot be changed!

Any girls who represent MTGS in any sport including swimmers, athletes, cross country runners and badminton players as well as our hockey and netball players, can have items from the Team Kit Shop. For Hockey, the only compulsory items are the home and away hockey socks and the team shirt. For Netball, the only compulsory item is the team shirt. Girls should only order team kit once they are regularly playing for a team.

Optional items available in the Kit Shop include a Gortex Fleece Lined Jacket and a compression base layer which do help to keep players warm. Girls may also buy track pants, hoodies and skorts which have their team number (hockey players) and name on them. These are the same design and colour as the standard PE Kit and therefore it is your choice whether to purchase these as a replacement or as an addition to their PE Kit. Team Shirts MAY NOT be worn in PE lessons but can be worn at training sessions as well as during matches. All other items in the Team Kit Shop can be worn in lessons as well as for training and matches.

The hockey socks are a stock item at Kukri and therefore have to be ordered separately and will arrive much earlier than the rest of the kit which is bespoke and made in China for us. Please make sure that you quote the code given on the sock ordering page so that you are not charged for delivery of the socks.

Girls ordering kit for the first time should email Mrs Moore using the following email address to check on their team number for hockey.

Please click here to take you directly to our MTGS Team Kit Shop at Kukrisport.

Please click here to take you directly to the MTGS Stock Items Shop (for hockey socks) at Kukrisport 

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”.

MTGS Welcomes Back Recent Leavers for Returnees Day

The Girls’ School was pleased to welcome back recent leavers for its annual Returnees Day.
Returnees Day is an important date in the School calendar and serves a dual purpose. It allows recent leavers to return to the School following their first year of University and share their experiences with staff and friends, but also offers vital advice and guidance to the current Lower Sixth, as they begin their final year of study and start to make decisions about their own University choices.

Our returning girls were extremely generous in giving their time, and answered any questions the pupils had. Following this they assembled in the quad for refreshments and to meet with staff. During this service, they received a humorous and insightful speech from Marie-Clare Gervasoni about the benefits of the Old Girls Association, and how it can be a vital resource for them following the completion of their own studies and entry into the workplace.

Our thanks to the girls for returning and to Head of Sixth Form Mr Lawell for organising the day.

Outstanding Rowing Success for Nia

Over the past few weeks Nia Almond has raced in her single scull at Chester Regatta and at Henley Women’s Regatta. Due to her outstanding levels of hard work, commitment, drive and focus she has performed to an excellent standard.

At Chester Regatta Nia was the fastest female sculler over the whole day racing in Women’s Elite Single Sculls, a superb result and was awarded the ‘City of Chester Trophy’ by the Regatta Secretary and Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Razia Daniels pictured below.

Nia then competed at Henley Women’s Regatta which held on the river Thames at Henley-on-Thames, an event targeted at elite women’s rowing. After completing a time trail down the 1500m course in the morning Nia qualified to race in the knockout stages of the regatta. Nia won the next round of the event by beating an accomplished sculler from Putney High School. In the quarter finals a Sculler from Agecroft Rowing Club, a centre of excellence in the North West, beat Nia to the finish in a tough and hard fought race. Nia has done a brilliant job to reach this high level of performance and competition after recovering from a severe back injury that ruled her out of racing for twelve months.

(Nia boating on the Thames)

Nia is one of a small number of pupils who are really leading the way and are an excellent example to the younger year groups and aspiring athletes.

report by Rowing Master James Carew

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.

Former MTGS Pupil receives Damehood

The Schools were delighted to receive news that former MTGS pupil, Professor Caroline Watkins, was to receive the DBE in the New Years Honours list for her services to stroke care nursing. Caroline is the only Nursing and Stroke Care Professor in the UK, and has received recognition throughout the field for her dedication and commitment to improving stroke care for patients.

A nurse for nearly 40 years, Caroline has held a position as Professor at UCLan for the last 15 years. In that time she has spearheaded numerous initiatives to improve stroke care, which has seen her research incorporated into the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke, the Joint Royal College Ambulance Liaison Committees Guidelines, and the National Stroke Strategy. She co-leads HeadPost, the UK arm of an international study into acute stroke care which is one of the largest nursing care trials in the world and last year received a ‘Special Recognition Life After Stroke Award’ from the Stroke Association for her contribution to improving the lives of stroke survivors. Her work has also produced the Stroke-Specific Education Framework (SSEF), a free digital service which allows care-providers to easily self-assess their knowledge and skills, and generates bespoke educational resources for the individual’s needs. The application won the Guardian University’s Digital Innovation Award for 2017 and is used by medical institutions throughout the UK.

On the day, Caroline was the first to receive an award, and said the whole experience ‘felt like a dream’. She recalled: “I don’t think I’ve been quite so nervous recently! However, I needn’t have been because the Buckingham Palace staff are just amazingly supportive and the whole day was organised to the nth degree. The Palace is very splendid and it was so humbling to see the other 87 people and their families queuing to go up to receive their awards for all the amazing things they have been doing”.

Caroline attended the event with her family – husband Kevin, son and current MTBS pupil Josh, and her 96 year-old mother, Ivy Emily Pope. The day was one of surprises, not least because Caroline found herself sat next to former Kinks frontman Ray Davies, there himself to receive a knighthood for services to the arts. “Ray Davies was just lovely – very modest and unassuming. He too was pleased to think of his mum being so proud of him having the knighthood. It was so lovely of him to congratulate me and it was so cool to meet him”.

While extremely grateful to have received the award, Caroline was keen to stress that none of these things happen in a vacuum, and that the award represented the work of many people in unison. “I always feel a bit of a fraud because research is not a sole pursuit. I have whole teams of fantastic staff that work alongside me, and senior colleagues and peers who are truly supportive on a day to day basis. I am also very lucky to have made contact with, and work amongst lots of incredible researchers and people in all walks of life that we collaborate with on projects and programmes.  Not least the people who themselves have had a stroke, or their partners and relatives. They give their time so freely to contribute to improving care and research – not for their own benefit but for others. So I think the award is for all of them too”.

We would like to congratulate Caroline on her success and wish her well for future. For more information on Stroke Care please visit: For more information on the SSEF, please visit:

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”.



Chloë Organises Charity Orchestral Flashmob

On 2nd June, Chloë Ellen Jones from Year 11 successfully organised an orchestral flash mob in aid of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and also the Manchester Arena Victims.

Chloë joined 23 of her friends from the Junior Royal Northern College of Music which she attends every Saturday, at the Trafford Centre Manchester during the half term. As well as Chloë on the flute, fellow MTGS pupils Angelina Dorin-Barlow played violin and Rachel Burnett played a saxophone solo. The group had been rehearsing since February and the event raised over £1100 for the causes.

Chloë has been recognised as a community champion by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and continues to raise funds for this charity which is close to her heart.

Please follow the links to view the Flashmob