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Cologne Trip Update

Posted on: November 27th, 2015 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to advise you that with some regret we have had to move the scheduled Cologne trip to a later date. Merchants’ Academy has decided that, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office information subject to change and through careful risk assessment, the trip will be rearranged for March 2016.

Through negotiation with our travel agent they have confirmed that we can move dates at no additional cost and cancellation charges will not apply.

An individual letter has been sent to all parents and carers of students on this trip. For more information, please contact the Academy.

Caroline Milkins (Trip Coordinator)

Envision Update: Planning, Pitching, and Help from Lloyds Bank!

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

Envision runs a 10 month programme called Community Apprentice, which encourages young people to engage in the issues they see in their community and to make a difference to them through their own social action projects, whilst gaining key employability skills at the same time. It’s a competition across Bristol, where teams from 10 schools compete to make the biggest social impact and best develop their skills.

This year at Merchants’ Academy Sixth Form students are taking part in the programme. The group has split into two teams, tackling their two issues which are Drugs and Alcohol and Child Poverty. Having decided on their issues, the teams are now embarking on their project planning, before they will have to pitch their project to a panel of ‘Dragons’ on 2nd December at the Pitch Event.

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Along the way, the students are getting help from corporate volunteers from Lloyds Bank, who give up their time to coach the young people through the planning, pitching and skills development.

Wednesday 11th November saw the teams meeting their corporate coaches for the first time. The event was a huge success, with both young people and   coaches learning and gaining a lot. After getting to know each other, the students were encouraged to think about the skills the coaches needed in their roles, and to identify key skills they wanted to work on, and actions to help them in this. They also received help with project planning and the projects are starting to take a really exciting shape!


The teams left the coaching session with some key actions to pursue, having identified what their priorities are and how they can best accomplish their goals as a team. The students will now be planning their project and pitch in sessions before the Pitch Event – it’s an exciting time to be involved in Envision!


For more information about Envision and Community Apprentice please visit

Venturers’ Academy – our new school

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

Venturers Academy Consultation Advert 10x10In March, we were successful in our application to the Department for Education to establish a new school for children with autism, which opens in September 2016.   There will be 84 places for children aged 4 to 16 with a statement/EHCP for autism.  This is a busy but exciting year to get everything ready for opening.  Part of the pre-opening is to formally consult on the creation of a new school.  There will be two opportunities to find out more (see information box – left). 

There is also a website which has further information,  This site will be added to over the coming year as more is known.


Exam Result Celebrations

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by Merchants' Academy No Comments


There have been great celebrations at the results for Merchants’ Academy. On every marker they are up and particularly impressive is the doubling of A and A* grades this year.  Principal Anne Burrell said “The students, staff and parents are to be congratulated on their dedication to getting the best results.


Young people across the ability range have worked so very hard and gained results to be very proud of. Students have taken every opportunity provided by the Academy to achieve more than they ever thought possible.” 

We will confirm final figures as soon as possible but we are delighted with the achievements of our young people.


Venturers’ Trust

Posted on: July 22nd, 2015 by Merchants' Academy No Comments
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Merchants’ Academy is part of The Venturers’ Trust. The Venturers’ Trust is an umbrella trust set up by the Society of Merchant Venturers to support schools in the greater Bristol area. It does not seek to be the largest sponsor in the area, but to be the most respected, and the one with the highest impact.

The Trust aims to demonstrate exceptional added value through outstanding progression rates, the development of highly skilled and well-rounded young people, and the transformation of local communities.

More details can be found here –

Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award Practice Expedition

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

On Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July, 24 Y9 students undertook their Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award practice expedition on the Mendip Hills. They set off after school on Friday and arrived at Mendip Camp, where the students put up their tents and set about cooking their evening meals. Despite some rather dismal weather, the students had great fun building a camp fire and many tasted their first roasted marsh mellows.







The four groups were up with the sunrise and broke camp early ready for their 8:30am start. Carrying all of their kit, they embarked upon their routes to Yoxter Rifle Range, visiting several checkpoints along the way. Considering that it was the first time that they put the navigation skills they had learnt in the classroom to the test, the staff were very impressed with the students and their abilities.

All students completed their expedition in good time and really demonstrated their tenacity and optimism in sometimes gruelling physical conditions. Miss Riley, Miss Jenkins, Miss Edwards, Lt. Lewis and Mrs Hinde-Taylor would like to congratulate all of the students who took part; you achieved far more than we thought possible!









Merchants’ Academy Secondary Choir perform in Paris

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

Head students announced

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

Easter-EggsWe are pleased to be delivering our second bi-termly update and, as with the letter sent to you in December, we have had some great events and successes. Here are some highlights:

New Head Students

This week we have been delighted to announce the results of our Head Student elections; the winners are as follows:

  • Head Girl – Shannon Perreira; Deputy Head Girl – Charlotte Wright
  • Head Boy – Kyle Cording; Deputy Head Boy – Dean Taylor

University Acceptance

72% of our year 13 students have applied to, and been accepted by, universities across the country this year.

Read more in our Sixth Form Easter Term Review Letter

Comic Relief – Acaderillo staff video

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

How many teachers can you spot?

No students were harmed in the making of this film.

First match for 1st XV

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

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Merchants’ Academy had their first ever Senior 1st XV fixture on Wednesday 11th February 2015.  After two terms of rugby co-curricular, Mr Applin and Mr Booth whittled the number down from 90 to 20 boys from Y10-Y13 who would complete a six week programme with England Rugby Union community coach Kei Burgh. The students were picked, not only because of their rugby skills, but their continued commitment and dedication to rugby.
The weeks of training focussed on the professional environment they would encounter if they decided to pursue rugby as a career, covering aspects like: fitness, positional development, teamwork, self-discipline, communication and respect.

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The inaugural match was eagerly anticipated, as Millfield 1st XV had just recently won the RFU U18 National Trophy and is a traditional rugby powerhouse in England school rugby.
The game got underway with Merchants’ receiving the kick off and a slight uphill slope in the first half. After 5 minutes things were looking good – we had possession and were working well as a team.  Then Millfield received possession and their regular training started to show with well drilled passing and rucking, eventually taking a 20 point lead through 4 tries.
100_1853 croppedAt this point, the Merchants’ players showed real character and some of the BRISTOL values such as Boldness and Tenacity. Firstly, with a great line break from Jordan Buet, zig zagging his way for 60 metres setting the tone, before tries from Dom Bradley, Connor Bodnarazek and Bradley Laver helped Merchants come from behind and take the lead 20-21. Connor converted all three difficult kicks.
Although these would be the last points scored by Merchants’ Academy they were extremely well lead by Kyle Cording, who tackled anything that moved. So much so that the opposition coach and players were all commenting on his work rate and big hits!
Towards the end of the game the players showed real resolve under some tough conditions, as Millfield started to field a few more of their 6th Form players (the coach hinted at playing some of the 2nd XV) looking to cement a long awaited win, as Merchants’ tackles kept flying in.
As a team the boys did the Academy proud and Millfield have expressed an interest in making this an annual event. Well done to all that made this possible.

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