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Atmosphere decidedly northern ex-direct grant grammar school. Academic work a serious priority, more important perhaps than glitzy facilities – some classrooms are on the shabby side but serious refurbishments and new builds in progress......

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Merchant Taylors' is a famous family of Schools with an enviable reputation on Merseyside, throughout the North West of England, and nationwide. Merchant Taylors' Boys' School is located near to, and has close links with the Junior Boys' School, as well as Stanfield Mixed Infants and Junior Girls' School and Merchant Taylors' Senior Girls' School. Founded in 1620, the schools always achieve among the best GCSE and A Level results on Merseyside and in the North West and enjoy exceptional extra-curricular success. Entrance requirements as follows: English, Maths and Verbal reasoning examination. Specimen papers available on request. Recommended to ask advice from current school on specific weak spots. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Atmosphere decidedly northern ex-direct grant grammar school. Academic work a serious priority, more important perhaps than glitzy facilities – some classrooms are on the shabby side but serious refurbishments and new builds in progress...

Headmaster

Since 2005, Mr David Cook (40s); read history at Birkbeck College, London; taught at Caterham, housemaster and head of history at Giggleswick, deputy head at QEH, Bristol. Held short service commission in Cheshires. Sharp, decisive and energetic, mind clearly spilling over with ideas for school. Good listener, not without gravitas. Son in school and daughter in sister establishment.

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Traditional curriculum, including German, Spanish, Latin, Greek; separate sciences. GCSE results 56 per cent A*/A in 2016. Relatively few go on to arts subjects at A level, where science and maths rule. Things may change after current radical curriculum review (head has some interesting...

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