One of the finest schools in the UK
Merchant Taylors' is an exceptional school. Boys experience far more than great teaching and learning, they have the time and opportunity to experience a truly all-round education. The amount of extra-curricular activity and essential pastoral support should not, of course, divert attention from the core academic work which must be the basis of any top school. What sets Merchant Taylors apart is that it combines the highest academic aspirations with a positive and collaborative atmosphere and a range of activities to rival any boarding school.
The facilities at Merchant Taylors are outstanding. Boys are always impressed by the sheer size and quality of the buildings and the beautifully kept grounds. The vast sense of space itself contributes to the pervasive atmosphere of civility and the unpressured and purposeful feel to the school community. The Good Schools Guide comments states ‘The school has the feel of an Oxbridge college with the same sense of unhurried calm and timeless beauty. The boys, too, seem remarkably unstressed. I think the beauty of the surroundings contributes to their good behaviour”. Facilities are first-class and are continuously modified and improved to respond to the demands of today’s education. There are over 200 acres of magnificent playing fields that mean there are outstanding opportunities for all sports. There are cricket nets, a heated indoor pool, two floodlit all-weather hockey pitches, lakes for sailing and windsurfing, grass and hard tennis courts, squash and fives court, a fencing piste, an athletics track and the central, magnificent playing field. There are school teams in rugby, hockey, cricket, basketball, athletics, golf, soccer, shooting, swimming, and tennis.
The individual boy is at the heart of Merchant Taylors School. Boys are treated courteously, as young gentlemen. The school's aim is to encourage boys to enjoy realising their natural talents without pressure. Merchant Taylors do not seek to mould boys to fit a pre-conceived model of the Merchant Taylors boy. The aim is that each boy discover his personal gifts and talents, so that he has the knowledge, passions, and skills, on leaving school. The school's mission is to support boys, to enable them, and to nurture their natural talents. It is important that each boy is able to do something that he loves and where he has the potential to excel.
There are 21 subjects at I/GCSE. 26 subjects at A Level. The school do not encourage boys to accumulate qualifications for the sake of it. Most boys take 9 or 10 subjects at I/GCSE and 3 or 4 A levels. Merchant Taylors also offer the Extended Project Qualification. The younger boys read a broad curriculum of over a dozen subjects, choosing a second language and two other option subjects in year 9. The school offer the three Sciences separately from entry into the School. English Literature is certified separately at IGCSE. Regarding Homework, Thirds and Upper Thirds Form (Years 7 and 8) have about 6 hours of homework per week. The Fourths (Year 9) about 9 hours.
For further information please visit the Merchant Taylors School website.