Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 510 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1888

General Information

The best education for life.


Merchant Taylors’ Girls School also includes Stanfield Mixed Infants and Junior Girls’ School which is located less than a mile down the road, and enjoys close links with Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ Schools which are also very close by. The school is well resourced and has excellent facilities for Sport, Art and Drama. On the Boys’ School site is a brand new sports centre with climbing wall, fitness suite, sports hall and dance studio for shared usage. There is also a heated indoor swimming pool, grass pitches and a share in Northern Club’s facilities. The main campus has a gymnasium, tennis courts, a sports hall, a fitness suite, a drama workshop, two art studios (complete with a 19th century Parisian printing press) and a new Sixth Form Centre. The school recently had ‘The Vitreum’ built; a new gallery space which hosts our own exhibitions of GCSE and A Level projects along with artwork from visiting artists. Facilities are available for lacrosse, badminton and basketball. There is strong music department which runs a school orchestra, a variety of ensembles and choirs and provides the pupils with the opportunity to attend regular music tours abroad. Other extra-curricular activities include the Combined Cadet Force (with Army, RAF and Navy divisions), the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, rowing and sailing club, Joint musical and dramatic productions with the Boys’ School and a fantastic variety of sport. Teachers at the school are dedicated to nurturing the individual strengths and talents of each student.

Entrance Requirements

Our own entrance examination.


School assisted places are available by both merit and means.

Open Days

Our Open Events are in October with Visiting Mornings in January, March and June. There is also a Taster Day in June for Y5 pupils and a Sixth Form Information Evening in November. These events will be listed on our website near to the time ( All visits are welcome at any time of the year, please contact the school if you would like a tour (Mrs S Barrington: 0151 932 2414)


2016/2017. Seniors: £3,650 per term. Juniors: £2,728 per term and Infants £2,701 per term.


ISI Inspection 2011

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs L Robinson

Contact for enquiries: Mrs S Barrington, Admissions Officer

Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School
Liverpool Road
L23 5SP

[t]: 0151 924 3140
[f]: 0151 932 1461

Location Description

On the A565, close to the M57 & M58 interchange and within easy reach of M6.

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School News

Merchant Taylors' independent school Merseyside

Merchant Taylors’ are delighted with this year’s successful students who have recently received offers to study at Oxford or Cambridge University from September 2017.

Leon Reason,

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a student from Aintree has been offered a place to read History at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge.  A keen student of History, English Language and Government and Politics, and after a rigorous interview process, Leon has secured his place at the university of his choice against fierce opposition.  Leon is a curious and very hard working student with a passion and love of reading.  In addition to Leon, Jack Zhou has been offered a place to read Mathematics at Queens College Oxford.  Maths is one of the most competitive courses at university; Jack’s natural intelligence, ability and determination have shone through, throughout his time at the school and he thoroughly deserves this offer to study at one of the world’s top centres of learning.  Jack is also part of a four man team at the Boys’ School, who have won through to the national finals of the UK Maths Challenge Competition, later in the spring, where they will compete against the best 32 schools in the country.     Merchant Taylors’ is particularly strong in the sciences and Maths; this is the third offer to a student at MTBS, to study Maths at Oxford, in the past three years.

Not to be outdone by the boys, Jessy Li from Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School has been offered a place at Cambridge to read aerospace engineering.  Jessy is studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics.  She visited Leicester Space centre with the School and designed and launched a rocket! She has also attended the Institute of Physics lectures and the X-ray Mass Spectrometer Gala (XMaS) organised by Liverpool University to engage young women in STEM based subjects.  Jessy won a Gold award in the National Senior Maths Challenge and Merit in the Kangaroo stage of the competition as well as the Liverpool Physics Olympics. A highly motivated student, Jessy already has a grade A in her Chinese A level and is on track for a string of A* grades.

Merchant Taylors' Girls' independent school Lancashire

Congratulations to Upper Sixth student Samantha Jones who has been awarded a three year Aerospace Engineering Apprenticeship with BAE Systems subject to her achieving the

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requisite A level grades. Having made it through the highly competitive application process, consisting of an online test, Samantha was invited to attend an interview in Preston. Following a timed dexterity test where she was tasked to build the basic structure of a typhoon, Samantha was offered one of only 50 places on the apprenticeship scheme.

This alternative to university will allow Samantha to make valuable contacts and learn hands on about the industry whilst getting paid to do so. She will spend her first year learning together with other apprentices before specialising in her second and third years. With potential to secure a career with BAE Systems following completion of her three years, this promises to be a rewarding and successful further education route.

Samantha joined Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School in Sixth Form as an Ogden Scholar and chose to study Physics, Maths and Art at A level. She thoroughly enjoys the diversity of her subjects and hopes to combine them in a creative role in engineering design in the future. STEM subjects are extremely desirable to employers and are very popular amongst students at Merchant Taylors’. As more women are being inspired into scientific careers, Samantha is proud to be entering this industry. She added “BAE Systems is an amazing company and I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity. I would like to thank Mrs Copley for suggesting it as an option for me to pursue.”

Merchant Taylors' girls independent school Merseyside

We were delighted to welcome Countdown’s Rachel Riley to Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School yesterday for a ‘STEM-sational’ event designed to encourage young women to study

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science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) based subjects.

Rachel, who studied maths at Oxford, spoke to hundreds of girls from schools all around the region.  She began by dispelling a few maths myths. ‘There’s no such thing as a maths brain. You just need to work hard & practice. I had to relearn my times tables by redoing them whilst listening to the countdown clock.’

Attendees wanted to know about her own experiences. ‘Me? I’m inspired by a project that wants to send nano spaceships to the next star system. My favourite things are applied maths & studying time travel and my craziest showbiz story was when I met Stephen Hawking, he’s a bit cool! I love doing things that scare me but challenging myself & making it happen!’

She was joined by two of the UK’s leading female scientists Dr Anna Slater and Dr Melanie Windridge.  Anna, who works at Liverpool University in the Chemistry Department, has a PhD in Supramolecular Chemistry.   Her research has resulted in her being awarded the Royal Society-EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship and she has also been shortlisted for the 2016 Women of the Future Awards. Dr Melanie Windridge, who has a Doctorate from Imperial College London, is an expert in the aurora and in fusion energy.  She likes to combine her scientific knowledge and experience with her love of adventure to promote a better understanding of Science.  She has also appeared on TV in science shows and written two books.

The event was organised by Merchants’ Physics Teacher, Mrs Jennie Lynch, in conjunction with the team behind The Big Bang North West, All About STEM. As well as listening to the inspirational guest speakers the girls were given the opportunity to participate in a number of engineering and maths based workshops.  Leading Universities and Companies were also on hand to provide an insight into potential career paths.

Mrs Lynch envisaged a programme that would motivate girls to consider the many opportunities open to those who study STEM based subjects and judging by the responses of the participants she certainly achieved that and much more.




Merchant Taylors' girls independent school Merseyside

Pupils at Merchant Taylors’ continue to thrive both inside and out of the classroom, with many achieving great success in their sporting endeavours alongside their

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academics. For the girls’ cross country teams last week, this was no different, with both the year 7 and senior teams being crowned County Champions at the Merseyside Cross Country Championships that took place on Saturday 14th January at Arrowe Park on the Wirral.

What makes MTGS a leading school in Cross Country is the commitment and hard work seen by the vast number of runners that compete in each race. In the last 20 years, MTGS have always had a group of senior runners competing consistently for the school. These girls are fantastic role models for our younger runners, namely this year Morag Molyneux (Cross Country Captain), Ellen Murgatroyd (Vice Cross Country Captain), Emily Woodier, Rebecca Southwart, Faye Carr and Emily Storch. These girls have been supported in the open age group with a group of committed girls in Year 10.

We are absolutely delighted to see this senior squad become County Champions in the final league race and in addition to this, our B Team in the senior age group attained a bronze medal. The highly committed runners in our Inter age group are also enjoying a great deal of success. The success of the exceptional Year 7 runners this year must also be commended and we congratulate them on their County Champions 2016/17 title.

At MTGS the Cross Country team is chosen from a very successful running club held on a Friday night. This is well attended by girls of all abilities who help to create a positive ethos towards running for fitness, competitions and enjoyment. This develops and enables the girls who then go on to compete in the cross country races throughout the year.

Mrs Moore (Head of PE) states, “We have some star runners in school but what brings us success at County level is our squad approach to running and being part of a team. The spread of talent and commitment continues to inspire us all to continue to strive for success in the coming seasons.”

The Junior runners also compete in a series of league races within the Sefton district on a Wednesday. These are ongoing and we wish the girls the best of luck in the coming races.

Merchant Taylors' girls independent school Merseyside

Earlier in the year lower sixth Physicists took part in the XMaS competition launched nationwide by Warwick University with help from IGGY, Sepnet, STEMNet, Ogden Trust and

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the Institute of Physics.

Students were asked to write a two page essay on “What is the legacy of Kathleen Lonsdale both in terms of her scientific discoveries and for women in science?” All the girls produced fantastic entries, adding their own little touches to get themselves noticed by the judges, including a rap, sway presentation and a glittery structural model of benzene!

The prize… A four day all-expenses paid trip to visit the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble! Taking part in the Synchrotron@Schools Programme whilst touring the XMaS Beamline, meeting scientists from a range of disciplines as well as having the chance to explore the beautiful city of Grenoble.

A huge congratulations to the following girls whose essays and creativity massively impressed the judges, securing four of the 16 winning spots on this once in a lifetime trip:

Lauren Widders

Nia Almond

Catherine Magennis

Emma Pearson

The trip will take place 2nd-6th July 2017, well done girls!!

Merchant Taylors' Schools independent schools Merseyside

This year students at Merchant Taylors’ Schools have been rewarded for all their hard work and effort with an outstanding set of A Level results. 

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Over three quarters of the year group, at both the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools, have achieved A* to B grades.  It is expected that the majority will be awarded their first preference place at some of the UK’s top universities.  Academic subjects are the mainstay of the top grades reflecting the personalised teaching environment and small class size advantage of the Sixth Form.  This achievement is significant at a time when standards are being tightened and grade inflation is being prevented.

Merchant Taylors’ is particularly proud of the accelerated progress students make throughout the senior years.  National data from the A Level Performance System (ALPS), a student focused system which collates data from over 1500 schools, colleges and FEs, demonstrates that students are making the best possible progress through Key Stage 4 and 5 curricular.  Headmaster of the Boys’ School, David Cook, said “ALPS results place our Schools in the country’s top band for value added teaching and learning.  With one of the lowest fees in the UK this is an outstanding measurement for a northern based school. These results, which consistently year on year place us as the leading the school in the region, demonstrate the value and excellence of the education we offer. ”

Headmistress of the Girls’ School, Louise Robinson, is also delighted with the results; she said “I am very proud of girls’ academic success and impressed by their ability to balance a demanding curriculum with important extra-curricular interests.  We encourage students to enhance their academic achievements through Extended Project Qualifications and a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as sports, drama, music and Duke of Edinburgh awards.”

Top achievers this year are Laurence Duncan and Lydia Seed.  Lydia, with 4A* grades, has gained a place at St Andrews to study medicine.  She balances her academic study with a passion for music and drama.    Talented musician Laurence, who has achieved Grade 8 for trumpet, flute and piano, will go to Warwick to study Maths after achieving 4 A* and 1 A grade.

Merchant Taylors' Girls' independent school Merseyside

The British Biology Olympiad is a highly prestigious, national, Biology Competition, run by the Royal Society of Biology.
This year we had a number of our

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Upper Sixth students, who preformed extremely well, amongst the thousands of entries for this award.

In addition to the girls success below, one of the bronze medalists, Victoria Mason, has bee awarded a very prestigious award, which was based on a written biology scholarship paper. As a result she has been awarded the top scholarship available, the Bangor Excellence Scholarship for 2016-2017, congratulations Victoria.

Our success this year are as follows;


  • Shika Nishith
  • Sarah Goldstein
  • Laura Park
  • Alex Corlett
  • Laura McGuckin

Highly Commended

  • Florence Wilkes

Bronze Medals

  • Mishelle Fernando
  • Victoria Mason
  • Lydia Seed
  • Oishi Sikdar
  • Corinne Molyneux

Badminton Champion Lizzie Tolman continues to go from strength to strength after being selected once again to represent England, this time in the Under 15

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European Championships.

Lizzie, who is in Year 10 at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School, was ranked number 1 in her age group when she only 10 years old and won gold for England in the ladies doubles in an international tournament earlier this year.  She will travel to Switzerland in February for the event that is held only once every 2 years. The Championships are by far the most prestigious competition on the junior calendar and she will be part of an elite team of 4 boys and 4 girls.

Miss Erica Jones, Head of P.E. at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School said, ‘Lizzie has worked so hard for many years to get to this level and we are very proud of her achievement in representing her country. She is an inspiration to our other young badminton players and a great role model. Her influence on the badminton success at the school is immense and she is always a joy to work with. Good luck Lizzie!’


The Phoenix Youth Theatre is a company of performers who are all under 21 and was set up in 2008 to discover, develop and display

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the musical theatrical talents of the young people of St Helens and its surrounding areas.  Having performed Evita last year, they took on the complex Lloyd Webber adaptation of Phantom of the Opera – with Natasha Agarwal playing the role of Christine Daae – a ballet girl from an Opera Company who is under the tuition and spell of the Phantom of the Opera.  The story is an intricate and exciting combination of love, anger, fear – with a smattering of comedy – and Natasha’s performance was extraordinary with her exceptional vocal talents being stretched to the full.  She was able to use her full range of notes in the operatic pieces whilst putting her own, beautiful sound to the more well known songs such as “The Phantom of the Opera” and the ballard “All I Ask of You”.

Natasha commanded the stage all the way through the show as the audience was drawn into her relationship with the Phantom.      This relationship moved from tenderness and vulnerability to anger and fear and Natasha stole the show with her characterisation.  Alongside her character’s relationship with the Phantom, she also falls in love with a rich patron of the Opera House, the Vicomte de Chagney, and Natasha’s voice moved seamlessly from dark to light as Christine had to fight her feelings and decide whether to follow the Phantom or risk him killing Raoul.  There was not a dry eye in the house by the end!

What a wonderful evening and Natasha was an absolute joy to watch.   She was an enormous credit to the school, her family and most importantly to herself and I cannot wait for next year’s production!  Well done Natasha!

Two of our Sixth Formers were asked to speak about their study into osteoporosis at an international conference held in Berlin. Here, they explain what

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they found:

How well do you know your bones?

Peak bone density is reached by women by the age of 30. This means that at an age between 25 and 30 our bones have obtained maximum calcium they ever can for the rest of our lives. A low peak bone density therefore increases the chances of osteoporosis affecting a person later on in life. The only way to increase the peak bone mass is to increase calcium intake and participate in weight bearing exercise such as running and skipping. In teenagers this only means that we have around 10 to 15 years left to acquire this calcium. It is important therefore that teenagers are aware of this. We wanted to find whether teenagers really did know this. Our study on Year 11 pupils was to test their awareness of osteoporosis.

We provided all the willing subjects with an initial questionnaire to test their baseline knowledge of osteoporosis. This was then followed by an educational intervention from both of us on osteoporosis and the preventive measures that should be taken. We then gave all the subjects a further questionnaire to test their knowledge of osteoporosis following the educational intervention.

The results showed that in the very beginning the pupils had a very low understanding of osteoporosis with over 40% of the students being unaware of the meaning of osteoporosis. The initial average score was 3.72 out of 9 which then increased to 8.92 following the educational intervention.

This study established that many teenagers were unaware of osteoporosis and indirectly it showed that governmental organisations and NGO’s were not doing enough to increase the awareness of osteoporosis among teenagers. To highlight this lacuna we submitted our results to the Fragility Fracture Network for consideration of presentation in their meeting. To our amazement and delight our paper was accepted and they invited us to present our study in the international Fragility Fracture Network Conference in Berlin in August 2013.

Presenting our findings to leading professionals in the world of osteoporosis was an amazing experience. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and we gained a lot from it.

We would like to thank all our classmates who happened to be the study participants, the teachers for supporting us throughout our work and especially Mrs Wadsworth and Mrs. Robinson who provided us with both guidance and ethical approval.

Jemima George and Chinar Parikh

The Girls’ School Senior Chamber Choir was privileged to be given the opportunity to perform Choral Evensong on April 24th, with thanks to the Dean

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and Chapter of Liverpool Cathedral. The venue, which hosts visiting choirs including cathedral choirs, poses considerable challenges; the choir stalls are situated either side of the awesome chancel with a considerable distance between them. To the choir’s credit, they ‘filled the space’ throughout the service and made the most the cathedral’s wonderful acoustics.

Natasha Agarwal, soprano, performed Faure’s ‘Pie Jesu’ quite exquisitely, prior to the service, and the Responses were led by Nell Vitty, who sang beautifully with a confident, crystal-clear tone. The girls were ably directed by Marie Bush, Deputy Headmistress at the school, and accompanied by distinguished musician Daniel Bishop, Associate Organist, Liverpool Cathedral.

The girls loved every minute of this memorable experience; the choir’s procession (in pairs) through the chancel, to the accompaniment of the splendid organ, was truly unforgettable!

Following this magnificent success, the choir has been invited back for a future Evensong Service. What an accolade! We can’t wait…

By Pramudi Wijayasiri, U6

In February, Lucy secured her place to represent the North West WJ15 1x in the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta which took place this weekend. This was

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a huge achievement at the time and since Lucy has been training hard to ensure she could give the best performance on the day. This she did, securing Silver with a time of 6.24 minutes over 1500m. She took 2nd place after 200m and held it all the way to the end. This is a superb achievement and everyone is very proud. She is now looking forward to The National Schools’ Regatta in May where she will compete over 1000m. A massive congratulations to Lucy and good luck with the training.

51 girls ranging from the very youngest to the very oldest pupils at MTGS travelled to London over the Easter break to perform as part

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of the Girls’ school’s choir and symphony orchestra. The concert was held at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. After their captivating performance, the girls found time to do some sight-seeing in the capital city; sampling the burgers at the Hard Rock Café, seeing The Phantom of the Opera at the theatre, watching the BBC film Dr Who in Trafalgar Square and even squeezing in a workshop with the French Horn player, Simon Morgan, from the Lion King Orchestra. A fantastic few days was had by everyone, and the girls did the school proud.

Every Tuesday during the Spring Term, over sixty juniors participated in an exciting after school club called: Mad Science. Each week three real scientists led

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a range of interactive science activities where pupils experienced hands on experiments and explored scientific themes such as light, energy, gravity, robots and space.
In our first few sessions we encountered lots of fun and messy science including LIGHT groups, where we had a great time working on laser mazes and limboing under laser beams, GRAVITY sessions making our very own bouncy balls by mixing powder and water together in a mould; a study of ENERGY where we harnessed energy from elastic bands and raced elastic band cars, played with poppers and used catapults in teams and ROBOTS where we had to think about what humans and robots had in common – such as communication systems and body parts. We got to control robots by clapping and using remotes. We could each take a wind up robot home too!
Mad Science was really fun and made science even more interesting.
(Adapted from a report by Magnetic Maggie and Supersonic Saffron in Year 6)

Four girls at Stanfield have excelled at the regional AJIS Athletics Tournament at Robin Park, Wigan, which took place on the 5th February earlier this

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Despite 25 schools competing, Lilly-Ann Grayson managed to break the existing sprinting record to claim her gold medal. Lilly also competed alongside Molly Morris where they bagged a bronze in the six-lap relay together.
Adelina Gram, 5T, came second in the vertical jump, and Maria Primuk competed at the top of her game to claim bronze in the triple jump.
The tournament, organised by Westholme School, has only been running for two years and is for Y5 and 6 boys and girls. Stanfield hopes to compete annually and uphold the girls’ winning streak, especially after such a high precedent was set this year.

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