Old Girls’ General News

However did we manage without the internet? Catriona Smith (née Carmichael)

…and where idle googling can lead you…be careful!  Like many of you, I received an email in February or early March about the weekly archive items which would be featured on the Merchant Taylors’ Schools website from 2016 to 2020 to mark the 400th anniversary of the school. I actually ignored it until one day […]

Helen Releases First EP as ‘Gazelle’

Since leaving MTGS in 2010, Helen Gaskell has embraced her creativity, turning her attention to music in pursuit of a dream career. Helen sang and played piano throughout school, having been captivated by jazz from an early age. On leaving Merchants however, she went on to study Chemistry at Newcastle University. During an exchange year […]

Old Girl Sian ‘Wins her Wish List’

Old girl Sian Stephens (nee Evans) 1980-87 was sitting at her desk one Monday morning opening emails to the busy careers enquiries mailboxes she managed as the national Recruitment Manager for a UK luxury boutique hotel chain when an email from a TV Company caught her eye. Looking for lively couples to apply for a […]

Brendan King Visits to discuss Old Girl Beryl Bainbridge

Last week we welcomed author Brendan King into school to reveal the real woman behind the popular novelist and MTGS Old Girl, Beryl Bainbridge and discuss his recent biography of her. Beryl was at MTGS from 1942-47.  Brendan talked about her time at school and said she struggled academically, he recounted some of her diary […]

Caitlin O’Brien – A Career in Medical Physics

Pick up my UCAS personal statement today and you’d be forgiven for thinking I’d booked a flight to CERN and was halfway to a career in particle physics. Instead, when I arrived at Nottingham to study Physics, the breadth of topics available and the freedom and flexibility of my course opened my eyes to opportunities […]

Nicky Swift (1991-98) – A Career in Musical Theatre

    It’s been eighteen years since I left MTGS, though in some ways it only feels like a few! I went straight to Birmingham University and got my music degree, followed by a post grad year at The Royal Academy Of Music (musical theatre course). It was always the route I wanted to go, […]

An Annoyance of Neighbours by Angela Lightburn (née Trench)

I’ve always had a secret desire to be an author. Even after writing academic papers, a PhD thesis, had letters and articles published in newspapers and magazines, I’ve yearned to be a Proper Author with my name on a book. Over the years I’ve gathered ideas for novels and even got as far as a […]

Top Industry Accolade for Anna Ratcliffe (1999 Leaver)

Former pupil Anna Ratcliffe (1999) and Director of The Michel Roux Jr Cookery School in Clapham, London, has been honoured with a top industry accolade for her work at Cactus Kitchens. The school works with a number of male chefs however the team running the business is entirely female. The school was crowned 2016 Cookery […]

Preparing Our Leaders of Tomorrow, Today

Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School in Crosby was delighted to welcome back one of its Old Boys, Major General Paul Nanson, CBE to deliver a lecture on ‘Leadership Under Pressure’ as part of the Merchant Taylors’ Speaker Series. Paul Nanson, who was appointed Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2015, spoke to an audience […]

Old Head Girls Welcomed Back for Supper

Mrs Robinson welcomed back Old Head Girls from the past ten years to join her for the annual Head Girls’ Supper. The girls joined the Heads of School and current Head Girl team for a lovely three course meal in the Library at MTGS. Those in addendance were Milly Cadman, Nicola Boyd, Eksha Gupta, Esme Malley, Ellie O’Shaughnessy, Laura McGuckin, Pramudi Wijayasiri, Francesca […]