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Q&A with Dr Macaulay

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

HMADr Macaulay talks about her new position as Executive Principal of Merchants’ Academy Trust.

Please click the link below to take you to the full article

            Q&A: Dr Hilary Macaulay

Spirit of Aviation

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

SoA-8To find out more on this fantastic event, click on the image above or the link below:

Sports Relief

Posted on: March 18th, 2016 by Merchants' Academy No Comments


Students doing themselves proud for Sports Relief!

On Friday 18 March, Merchants’ Academy from Bristol raised some serious cash for Sport Relief at its Sponsored Mile and other fantastic fundraising events!

IMG_2499Merchants’ Academy students took on their own challenge for Sport Relief by completing the Sport Relief Mile during their PE lessons, dressed as their favourite sporting heroes for a small donation from their many enthusiastic supporters. Other activities organised in school included a staff bake off, sports quiz and staff v student football match. Each class took part and raised as much money as possible for Sport Relief.


Hayley Myers, Head of Frome House, said: “Students and teachers at Merchants’ Academy love taking part in Sport Relief. It’s an excellent way to bring staff, students and the community together to get active, have fun and raise money for a great cause!”

IMG_2491The money students raised during Sport Relief will help to change lives forever because Comic Relief spends the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Bristol, the UK and throughout the world a helping hand to turn their lives around.

Bristol Music centre, South

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

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Bristol Music Centre, South is home to two of the city’s most exciting new ensembles, the Bristol Bristol Modern Orchestra and South Side Choir, also a cutting-edge new Creative Music Technology programme.



The Bristol Modern Orchestra welcomes early stage, intermediate and Bristol music centre South photoadvanced young musicians between the ages of 10-16 on any instrument. Whether you play trumpet or guitar, violin or drums, we explore adventurous  arrangements of popular music. Sessions are split between sectional coaching and performance rehearsals.



Do you love singing? The South Side Choir is open to young people in years 6-8 and meets on Saturday mornings between 10am and 11.30am. Led by highly inspirational singing coaches, the group will develop young people’s vocal and musical skills through exploring adventurous arrangements of pop, rock, world and gospel music. Emphasis will be made on progression of part singing, vocal blend and tone and the choir will act as the ‘Voice’ to accompany other emerging instrumental groups at the Bristol Music Centre, South.


Creative Music Technology (CMT) run in collaboration with Knowle West Media Centre’s XLR sessions, is for musicians interested in music technology (analogue and digital), recording, composing and production. Whether you want to compose a computer game soundtrack or produce the next hit this is the place for you to learn the techniques required to get ahead in the creative industries


Group Times Standard Ages Cost (2 term)
Bristol Modern Orchestra 10am – 12pm All abilities 10-16 £25
Creative Music Technology 10am – 12pm All abilities 13-18 £25
South Side Choir 10am – 11.30am All abilities 9-14 £25


To book please contact Thomas Hamill:





Roadworks – Whitchurch Lane

Posted on: January 21st, 2016 by Merchants' Academy No Comments








From Monday 25 January, there will be a lane closure for approximately 10 weeks on Whitchurch Lane (Eastbound traffic) during the South Bristol Link roadworks. A temporary diversion will redirect traffic around Cater Road.

For more information, please click on the following link:

‘Whitchurch Lane Roadworks’ letter

Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze achieved!

Posted on: January 8th, 2016 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

A massive congratulations to the list of students below who have successfully been awarded their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The group worked exceptionally hard throughout the year to gather evidence for their physical, skill and volunteering sections and also completed a challenging expedition in the Mendip Hills.

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Mrs Hinde-Taylor and Lt. Dan Lewis were very impressed with their commitment to the award and their continued positivity throughout the time. Well done!

  • Owain Abbott
  • Jake Davis
  • Oliver Leighfield
  • Kieran Fitzner
  • Megan Frost
  • Ben Griffiths-Hammond
  • Lucy Fry
  • Katie Longhurst
  • Kerry Mauro
  • Sophie Ann Maggs
  • Cole McQuade
  • Conner Paisey
  • Olivia Phillips
  • Jamie Price
  • Alex Semple
  • Tommie Purchase
  • Ollie-May Woodland

Emergency Weather

Posted on: January 8th, 2016 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

Merchants' Academy WinterWe are approaching the time when we can experience challenging weather.  In these rare circumstances we will aim to keep the Academy open as long as it is staffed and safe.  In the event of a decision to close, we will announce this via text message to parents on our website and on Bristol Local Authority’s website.


Please ensure we have the correct mobile phone number for you to ensure you get these messages.  If you have changed your number please let Reception know as soon as possible.

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.