Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Boys
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 731 (Boys) 0 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1620

General Information

The best education for life.


Many of the boys attend Stanfield Mixed Infants and Junior Girls' School before coming to the Junior, and then Senior Boys' Schools.

Facilities include a brand new sports centre with climbing wall, fitness suite, sports hall and dance studio. There is also a heated indoor swimming pool on site, a language laboratory, extensive playing fields, fully equipped science laboratories, an art and design suite, cricket nets, a self-contained music block and a share of Northern Club’s facilities. The schools also have their own shop.

About 200 boys receive weekly instrumental tuition and there is a subsidised scheme for beginners on orchestral instruments. There is a School Choral Society, Junior School Choir, Senior Concert Band, Swing Band and a Junior School Brass Band, all of which perform frequently inside and outside the school. These are in addition to a number of smaller ensembles which ensure that all musical tastes are covered. There are 10 visiting specialist music teachers and close links in music with our sister school, Merchant Taylors' Girls' School. There are also close links with the Girls' School in Drama, which now forms an integral part of the Upper School curriculum as well as being a major extra-curricular activity. The Senior Schools work together on Joint School productions throughout the year.

Entrance Requirements

Our own entrance examination.


School assisted places are available by both merit and means.

Open Days

2019. All visits are welcome, please contact the school.

For more information please contact our Admissions Team on: 0151 949 9366 or


2019/2020. Seniors: £3,911 per term / £11,733 per annum. Juniors: £2,924 per term / £8,772 per annum. Infants £2,837 per term / £8,511 per annum.


ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr D H Cook

Contact for enquiries: Mrs P Saffer, Admissions Officer

Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School
Liverpool Road
L23 0QP

[t]: 0151 928 3308
[f]: 0151 949 9300

Location Description

Merchant Taylors' Schools are situated between Liverpool and Southport near to the beautiful Crosby Beaches, have good road and public transport links on A565, are close to M57 & M58 interchange and are within easy reach of M6

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School News

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On Friday 24th May, Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School played host to a conference on mental health, entitled “Talking Minds”.

Educators from all over the country came to

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hear talks from mental health experts Natasha Devon MBE, Jonny Benjamin MBE, Dick Moore, and former England Rugby League International, Danny Sculthorpe. They told their stories and gave advice on how schools can improve the mental well-being of students. Staggered throughout the day were workshops sessions delivered by a range of experts from the University of Liverpool, ChildLine and Merseyside Mindfulness.

A proportion of tickets for the event were given to local primary and secondary schools, and it is hoped that more events like this can be put on in the future. Organiser, and Head of Middle School, Randal Yates said “It was a pleasure to host Talking Minds and we were extremely privileged to have the likes of Natasha and Jonny speak. If the advice given out by industry professionals to the teachers in attendance can help even one student, then the event has been a success.”

“The well-being of our students is of upmost importance, and it is even more important in the age of end-of-course examinations to put strategies in place to help support pupils through their journey at school.”

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On Friday 26th April the School was privileged to host BBC Radio 4 for their ‘Any Questions?’ program.

Any Questions? was first broadcast in 1948 and

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visits a different part of the country every week with a panel of four speakers including politicians, policy makers, writers and thinkers, who answer questions from audience members

The panel consisted of former Labour MP and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Daily Mail journalist Harry Cole, Conservative MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Jake Berry, and Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine.

Around 370 members of the public, students and parents from the school attended and had the opportunity to pose questions on topics such as climate change, Brexit and the leak of confidential government defence advice.

During the show, several of our Sixth Form Politics students served as ushers and waiting staff for the guests and were invited to stay for the show and the reception afterwards. The panel very kindly agreed to stay on after the show and took questions from the students, as well as members of the public, relating to the various issues discussed. They were very generous with their time and spoke at length to those in attendance.

David Wickes, headteacher at Merchant Taylors’ School for Boys, said: “It was a fantastic honour to be chosen as the venue for such a highly-respected show and it was great to welcome so many members of the local community into the school. “Our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to question politicians and influencers about major issues that will undoubtedly shape their lives for years to come.”

The School would like to thank the BBC for choosing the School as a venue and all of the staff who were involved in the setup process to ensure the show ran smoothly.

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Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School has been crowned the winner of the prestigious Ian Robinson Award for the 2017/2018 rugby season.

It was presented on behalf of

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the Liverpool & District Referees Society at their annual AGM dinner, which was held at Wirral RUFC, on Monday 14th May 2018. The award, which mirrors a similar one given to the senior clubs, is given to the school or college which has demonstrated the best administrative competence and hospitality throughout the rugby season.

It is voted for by the referees who have officiated games at schools throughout the Merseyside and West Cheshire region.

Malcolm Irving, Secretary, who presented the award, said: “This is a well-deserved award and one which I wholly endorse from personal experience and frequent visits to the school.

The team is always welcoming but also keep their distance and respect your pre-match space and ensure that the changing room is ready to receive you despite the amount of kit left by others!

This is the third time in the last four years that Merchant Taylors’ have won this award, so their consistency is a true quality.”

Mr Deiniol Williams, Headmaster at Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School, said: “We are delighted to have received this award again. It is a real testament to the team for all their hard work and is a fitting end to another successful season at Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School.”

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The RAF CCF Section travelled to RAF Halton, Aylesbury, to compete against nine other teams from across the UK CCF RAF schools on Sunday 24th

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June. The team had been busy practicing at weekends for the event and were confident that this practice would pay off.  Hours of pounding the drill square, getting wrapped up in knots with leadership tasks and pouring over books on topics such as Aircraft Recognition and RAF knowledge smattered in amongst GCSE and A level revision is testament to the dedication of the team.

Under the leadership of CWO Apel MTS, the RAF Section were victorious in picking up the Command Task Trophy for the second year running. Overall, MTS came a very creditable 7th place, with other notable performances in first aid and shooting. Well done to all the cadets involved!

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This year’s outstanding A Level results once again reinforce Merchant Taylors’ Schools’ position at the top of the local league tables.  With a pass rate

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of 100% at the Girls’ School and 99.9% at the Boys’ School, over two thirds of all exams were achieved at the highest grades. Many students have gained their first choice University course to study a diverse range of subjects from Medicine, Law and Physics to Engineering, Mathematics and Classics.   All three Oxbridge offer students have had their places confirmed. Jessy Li and Leon Reason are both going to Cambridge; Jessy to study Engineering and Leon to study History. Shenghao Zhou is going to Oxford to read Mathematics.

Merchant Taylors’ is committed to providing scholarships and two students, Andrew Park and Samantha Jones, have benefited this year from fully assisted places, co-funded by the School and the Ogden Trust.  Andrew, who plays basketball for Wales, has achieved all A*/A grades and will study Medicine at Newcastle.  Samantha has opted for a different path and will be taking up her award of a three year Aerospace Engineering Apprenticeship with BAE Systems.

Today’s results are particularly notable as they are the first of the new linear A Level system introduced by the Government in 2015, designed to make exams more challenging.  With this added pressure, Merchants’ recognise the importance of strong pastoral support, an area in which it was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in the recent Independent Schools’ Inspectorate Inspections.

All this success comes in a year of numerous extra-curricular achievements in sport, music and drama.  The schools also reached two national finals with the Girls’ athletics team and the Boys’ cricket team.

Headmistress of the Girls’ School, Mrs Louise Robinson, praised the girls for their achievements, she said ‘I am delighted that the hard work and perseverance, supported by the excellent specialist academic staff, have been rewarded by fantastic results.’ Mr Deiniol Williams, in his role as Headmaster of the Boys’ School said ‘I am very proud of what our boys have achieved over the last two years – they deserve every success. Today’s results are just reward for the efforts which have been applied by students to their academic studies. Of course, none of this could have been achieved without the dedication of our subject-specialist teachers and the support of our parents.’

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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.

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We were delighted to welcome Old Boy, Brigadier Matthew Lowe MBE to return to School as the Inspecting and Review Officer of the

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Combined Cadet Force for Inspection Day this year. After leaving in 1981 and following a career in the Army he has successfully achieved a Rank of Brigadier in the Parachute Regiment and has held outstanding appointments all over the world. Brigadier Matthew Lowe was commissioned into The Parachute Regiment in 1984. He has served in all continents less Antarctica and has been deployed on operations to Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has been: an exchange officer in Australia; an instructor at Sandhurst and the Joint Services Staff College; the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment; and the Deputy Commander of London District during the Olympics. He is currently responsible for controlling the Army Cadet Force and the Combined Cadet Force. In his spare time he is a trustee of the Parachute Regiment Charity, a rugby referee, and an enthusiastic user of good quality chainsaws.

The Brigadier was welcomed back to the School by Mr Cook, Mrs Robinson and Contingent Commander Colonel Mike Slemen, then introduced to a large gathering of N W Military who were supporting the special event.

There was a Lunch for all the guests and on completion the programme commenced with the Brigadier inspecting a Guard of Honour. Three Senior Tri Service Cadets then escorted the Brigadier round the various stands before the 260 cadets formed up and marched on for the Final Parade. A large gathering of guests and parents also enjoyed touring the activities.

Following the Final Parade the Brigadier presented awards to cadets including prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards and a Memorial Trophy was presented to the Outstanding Cadet Recruit, Tom Dixon.

The Brigadier finally expressed a “Thank You” for being invited back and he praised all involved including Officers and proud parents and then wished the Cadets every success in the future. Brigadier MP Lowe then received ‘Three Cheers’ to complete the successful Inspection.

In the evening the Brigadier was the Guest at the Dining Out Night, as many of the Senior Cadets now go on to Universities. At the Dinner it was announced that the Best Cadet of the Year was Regimental Sergeant Major Jacob Foster and he was presented with a Trophy. He was then given the task of presenting an engraved Tankard to the Brigadier to remind him of his day back at his Old School.

Brigadier MP Lowe added: “I was delighted to return to Merchant Taylors’ as the CCF Inspecting Officer on 5 May 2017. Lt Col Mike Slemen, my erstwhile rugby coach, had organised a brilliant day: lunch with both Heads, Contingent Officers and supporting staffs; a Guard of Honour; a range of activity stands; a section attack demonstration; a parade with awards; and a dining out for the senior cadets in the library-all executed with great panache and style, and widely supported by families.

Cadet Forces are my job and I’m delighted to report that Merchant Taylors’ is one of the very best. Having Altcar Camp for shooting, RAF Woodvale for flying, and sailing water nearby helps enormously, but it’s the quality of the leadership opportunities that the schools’ CCF officers devise that really makes the difference. I was very impressed by the style and confident manner of many of the cadets I met, with the three Section heads and the NCO instructing on medical techniques being especially inspirational young people.

CCFs aren’t just about recruiting for Defence. They are about preparing young people to assume leadership positions in all aspects of national, and increasingly international, life. Academic achievement is highly desirable but it isn’t everything. Universities and employers want young people who can recognise a context, understand the goal, assess the resources available, make a plan, allocate tasks and inspire others.

I finish with a very personal thank you to Mike Slemen, his Contingent Officers and the three Section senior cadets for a wonderful day. I had a happy foray down memory lane, but much more importantly saw the next generation of our national leaders, and the future is bright!”

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Sixth Form pupil and Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton athlete, Dan Slater, is having a wonderful cross country season. Dan had already established himself as one

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of the country’s best Under 15 runners by winning the English Schools Cup title before coasting to the Merseyside crown that year.  On 7th January 2017 Dan took the winning title in the U17 Merseyside Cross Country competition and he will go on to represent Merseyside and run in the Cross Country Inter-Counties Championships in Loughborough in March.

Also an extremely talented triathlete Dan has made the England Talent Squad and qualified for Team GB to race in the European Triathalon Championships in July 2016.

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Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School is celebrating the achievements of its History Department after being awarded the prestigious Gold History Quality Mark by the Historical Association.


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is a national award and it took 12 months to complete.  The award is rigorous involving a full audit of provision, the creation of a substantial portfolio of evidence across a range of different areas and an inspection visit to meet the department and observe teaching. The department was assessed in Teaching and Learning, Curriculum, Achievement, Leadership and Enrichment with each section being well regarded in the final report.

It was recognised in the report that the ‘learning and achievement in the subject is strong’ and that GCSE results in History are ‘impressively high’ at 98% A*-C, alongside A level success of 100% A*-C. This is the result of the hard work and dedication of both the pupils and teachers, supported by the wide range of resources that are used in the department to inspire and complement the teaching. In addition to this, the work that the history department does in the local community was also commended.

History continues to be a popular subject at Merchant Taylors’ and this department has strong influence on other areas of the curriculum and school life. It was acknowledged in the report that our pupils ‘understand the purpose of studying history and are highly motivated’ being guided by a strong curriculum and structured feedback.

Mr Heap, who is Head of History and Politics and a Principal Examiner for the Edexcel History GCSE, said “We are delighted to be one of the first schools in the country to achieve this prestigious award. The department as a whole has worked hard over a number of years to create an innovative History curriculum which helps our students to see how the events of the past directly shape the world in which we live. Since 2013, 29 boys have gone on to read History at university having achieved outstanding A Level results according to national benchmarks. At GCSE the department has increased the number of boys achieving an A* when the national trend has been one of sharp decline. However, this award recognises a lot more than just exam results. We help our students to develop a genuine love of the subject which will never leave them. In future years we look forward to working even more with the local community and with local schools to promote the teaching of History.”

The award was well deserved with the History department being described by the assessors as ‘well led, influential and forward thinking’. With very few secondary schools being awarded Gold so far, this is testament to the outstanding education that Merchant Taylors’ provides.

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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.


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Every year in May the County of Lancaster Rifle Association (CLRA) runs a cadet shooting meeting for all school and cadet teams operating in the

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North West. This year the meeting was attended by 15 competing sides, with the Army Cadet Forces of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and the Isle of Man, the Sea Cadet Corps, and schools including Sedbergh and ourselves putting forward teams, with these teams representing more than 6,000 cadets from the region.

This year the meeting was held on the 28th & 29th May, and this weekend turned out to be some of the best shooting weather I have seen in my five years in the shooting team.

With just one weekend of practice two weeks prior to the event to finesse and hone our skills after a year of not shooting this weapon, it seemed as though this year we would not be as prepared as we had in previous years. However this impression was quickly corrected, as on the first day of the two-day competition which was a check-zero event where we were allowed to shoot at 200 yards to confirm the sights on our rifles were correctly set, our A team of myself (CSM Bowen), CSM Cope, and Cpl’s Puddifer and Taylor, B team of Cpl Beveridge, L/Cpl Hodkinson, Able Seaman Fitter, and Cdt Harper, and Reserves of Cdt Blythe, Bostock and Stables were shooting consistently and accurately, building confidence in the teams.

This confidence carried over to the Sunday, where the competition started and the shooting was scored. Turning up at the Hightown hotel at 0745 the weather was ideal – the clear skies and very little wind made for perfect conditions. The morning consisted of a 300 yard shoot in our respective teams. With just 50 minutes to have the four man team shoot and each of their shots scored, it was a tough task, especially given that the cadets in the butts were having a tough time manipulating the targets due to their weight, which cost us valuable time. After shooting, as the two seniors, CSM Cope and I had to coach one another and then the other members of the team, adding further constraints to the time. Despite this, the shooting went well, and placed us in a good position in the tables, ready for the second shooting session that afternoon.

After a ‘Brownie’ – a paper lunch bag provided by 42 NW brigade each containing sausage rolls, chocolate, fruit, and water, we moved back to conduct the second shoot. This shoot was at 500 yards, which to give some idea of distance is the same as the length of 5 football pitches, with the ‘V bull’ on the target – the highest scoring centre ring – only being 6 inches across, making for a hard target. This shoot is naturally more challenging, however in previous years we have tended to do better at this range than the 300 yards. This year was no different, and despite the wind which had by now started gusting we scored highly across the board aided by a high quality of coaching supplemented by knowledge from RSM Brett, with the whole team (and the reserve pair of Blythe and Stables of note) scoring better than could have been expected given the now-windy conditions.

Overall the meeting proved a massive success for the team, as we won the overall competition for the third consecutive year (8 man team), 2nd in the aggregate shoot, placed 2nd (A team) and 3rd (B team) in the 4 man competition, and myself and CSM Cope placing 2nd in the 2 man team competition. As well as this the competition gave the new and un-vetted members of the team a chance to gain experience and help to develop their already capable skill set. Also a mention must go to the two who were in the butts for the weekend – Recruits Puthuran and Mannicham.

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During Easter Mr Miller accompanied a team of four year 10 pupils to the annual ‘Extreme Physics’ residential courses held at Lancaster Royal Grammar School.

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The boys were pitched against teams from other schools in a number of ‘extreme’ and highly competitive challenges. The activities were enjoyed by all and included rock climbing, building dragsters and indoor sky diving. Throughout the trip students had to complete a journal and prepare a group talk on a physics topic. The boys placed highly throughout the events and won numerous rosettes for their achievement, knowledge and creativity. The competition was fierce and there was only a few points separating the top five schools. The team of James Alexander, Joseph Chadderton, Laurence Duncan and Alex Robinson rounded off a very successful and enjoyable trip by taking fourth place. Participants of the trip are now eligible for Ogden university scholarships if they go on to study Physics at university.

Having won the Merseyside section of the Lancashire indoor cricket competition last term eight boys from Years 7 and 8 travelled to Manchester to play

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in the finals on Tuesday 23rd April. This form of the game is fast and furious, with each match comprising eight overs per team and a variety of scoring methods depending on which walls are hit and how often the batsmen run between the wickets. No balls or wides trigger free hits, batters have to retire after reaching 25, and the last man stands.

Merchants opened up with good wins against Rainford High and Ormskirk Grammar. The third match against RGS Lancaster looked likely to be the deciding game and we really played well to restrict their score to 67 and then chase it down with an over to spare. All that seemed necessary after this was to beat QEGS Blackburn and Wellacre. In the Blackburn game, however, we allowed them to score 85 with some very careless bowling and although we batted very well we fell four runs short. This threw the competition wide open again and meant that we had to win our last game and get as many wickets as possible. We won this match very easily and bowled our opponents out. We ended up with the same points as RGS Lancaster but won the competition by having taken more wickets in all matches added together. Much of the credit for this must go to George Lavelle whose wicket-keeping was absolutely outstanding. Almost half the 34 wickets we took were stumpings by George. Our two spinners, Kunal Mahambrey and Ehren Agarwal also bowled brilliantly and all the batsmen played with confidence and aggression. George Lavelle reached the retiring score of 25 in all but one match, Kunal Mahambrey showed a calm temperament throughout and Tom Barker and Ehren Agarwal batted very well in tight pressurised situations. The supporting players, Arav Soin, Adam Weston, Alex Thorpe and Nathan Lyon all played their part and took catches or scored vital runs when called upon.

Congratulations to all the boys for superb way in which they represented the school and Merseyside in this competition.

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