Merchant Taylors’ School for Girls/Crosby 麦钱特泰勒斯女子中学,Crosby, Liverpool
Tel: 0151 924 3140 Fax: 0151 932 1461
• GIRLS, 4–18, Day. Boys 4–7 only
• Pupils 920, Upper sixth 79
• Termly fees £1473–£2052
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1888, it is suburban and single-site in the centre of Crosby which is
on the coast, 10 miles from Liverpool and 12 from Southport. Its well-designed
and pleasant buildings lie in gardens, with playing fields nearby. The junior
school is nearby and has recently been extended. It is a non-denominational
school and has strong traditional links with Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School,
especially in cultural activities. It is a well-run school with high academic
standards and very good examination results. The music department is extremely
strong; theatre studies are offered to A-level. There is a good range of
extra-curricular activities and sports, where high standards are achieved. In
the sixth form there is a very substantial commitment to local community
services and 80 girls are members of the joint CCF.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18; 920 day pupils (860 girls, 60 boys).
Senior department 11–18, 615 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used. No
special religious requirements; music and sports skills looked for. State school
entry, 75% main senior intake plus several to sixth form. Own junior department
provides approx 40% of senior intake (enquiries/application to Merchant Taylors’
Junior School, Stanfield, Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool L23 5TH).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras School assisted places and bursaries
available. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; dinner and music extra.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Julie Brandreth, appointed 2004. Educated at Stockport
High and Priestnall High School, and at Manchester University (English),
Manchester Polytechnic (education) and Leicester University. Previously Deputy
Headteacher at Hodgson High School Specialist Technology College, Head of
Communications at Palatine High School (Blackpool) and taught at Kirkham
Grammar, Grange School and Offerton High School.
Teaching staff: 50 full time, 20 part time. Annual turnover 3%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 96 pupils in upper fifth: all gained at least grade C in
9+ subjects with an average score of 63 (62 over 5 years).
A-levels: 75 in upper sixth: 99% passed in 4+ subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 432.
University & college entrance 90% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (5% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 10% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 10% in science & engineering, 10% in
law, 48% in humanities & social sciences, 4% in art & design, 18% in other
subjects eg pharmacy, psychology, business, accountancy. Others typically go on
to non-degree courses eg art foundation or resit A-levels.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 23 AS and A-level subjects
(including theatre studies).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition all take AS and A-level general studies. 40% take science A-levels;
40% arts/humanities; 20% both. Some discrete key skills teaching but flagged up
through sixth-form courses.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: A preliminary screening test for dyslexia is available
and examination concessions arranged; all-round awareness of the condition
though no specific dyslexia unit.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level.
Work experience links for sixth formers through Lingua programme.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week) and across the
curriculum, eg project work and presentations. 80 computers for pupil use (8
hours a day), all networked and with email and internet access. GSCE, AS and
A-level ICT offered.
Music: Over 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 8 musical groups: 5 choirs, 2 orchestras, 2 bands. Pupils
regularly in National Youth Choir, National Youth Orchestra and National
Children’s Orchestra; several girls in regional youth orchestra; choir took part
in Classic FM Christmas concert.
Drama: Drama offered, GCSE drama, A-level theatre studies, ESB exams may
be taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school productions and all in
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 6 A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles, graphics also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, athletics, tennis, swimming, dance, gymnastics,
cross-country compulsory. Optional: leisure sports eg rowing, sailing, squash,
badminton, step aerobics. County and regional representatives in hockey,
cross-country, athletics; several national swimmers, English Schools athletics
finalists, cross-country and badminton champions and modern dance national
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF optional for 4–5 years at age 14+ (80 girls are members of joint
CCF). Community service optional for sixth form (140 girls participate). Up to
15 clubs, eg chess, dance, drama, debating etc, some joint with the boys’
Uniform: School uniform worn, modified in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: No house system or prefects – school affairs run by
sixth-form committees. Head girl and 2 deputies, elected by staff and seniors,
confirmed by Headmistress. School Council.
Religion: Compulsory, non-denominational morning assembly.
Social: Work closely with brother school. Regular trips abroad. Pupils
allowed to bring own car/bike/motorbike to school (but not use car park). Meals
self-service. Tuck facilities at break. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Those involved in serious breaches of rules (eg caught
smoking on the premises) might expect immediate suspension until facts were
verified; those with drugs may be expelled.
Alumni association is run by Mrs S Duncan, Fairhaven, Serpentine
South, Blundellsands, Liverpool L23 6UQ.
Former pupils Dame Beryl Bainbridge; Prof Janet Finch
(Vice-Chancellor, Keele University); Jane Garvey (BBC presenter).