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Sits coolly around the top of the league tables, seemingly without trying too hard, a testament to teachers who inspire without applying undue pressure. But while it’s no hothouse or conveyor belt to top grades, it’s not for the faint of heart. ‘It’s hard to get in and they expect a lot of you right from day one,’ said a parent. Academic rigour – and ultimately success – is par for the course. If your son was in top set at his previous school, don’t be surprised if he’s in the bottom set here. But with exam results a given, MTS is really about...

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What the school says...

Merchant Taylors' School has provided an outstanding education for boys since 1561; academic excellence is achieved without undue pressure and the school's focus is always upon the individual child. The school enjoys superb facilities for sport, activities, music and IT; academic standards are high, but the school is committed to the development of all aspects of a boy's character. ...Read more

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Head master

Since 2013, Simon Everson MA PGCE, educated at Solihull School and Cambridge (English) before completing a masters in philosophy at Nottingham. Latterly head at Skinners’ School in Tunbridge Wells. Was adamant that very few schools would tempt him away but couldn’t resist the lure to MTS, where he took over ‘a school with wonderful tradition, but one that’s vibrant and relevant now’. Still loves teaching – currently philosophy and ethics to year 9s.

Unaffected, unruffled and with a wry sense of humour lurking below the introverted, intellectual exterior. A corporate head, according to parents – well-liked and respected (including by staff) and easy-going face-to-face (we’ll vouch for that) but his public persona is on the loftier side, we heard. Possibly a little distant from the younger boys too, resonating...

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Special Education Needs

Merchant Taylors' is one of the top dozen academic boys' schools in the UK. All boys participate fully in all aspects of the curriculum and the wider life of the school. Every boy’s strengths are valued and his areas for development supported. The school makes provision for a large number of gifted and talented pupils and has a learning support department staffed by specialist teachers. All boys are screened on entry to the school and progress is tracked. Where it becomes apparent that further investigation or intervention is needed, this is arranged by the learning support department in consultation with the boy’s parents and teachers. Learning support operates as a whole school model, with specialist support available to all teachers to ensure boys’ learning needs are met.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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