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Teachers Strike Update

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

The NUT Teaching Union is taking industrial action on Tuesday 5th July. We are finalising our opening status to see if the Academy can remain open and a letter will follow tomorrow with an update.

Pupils prepare to highlight their achievements in ‘the Boardroom’

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

Envision logoA group of enterprising students from Merchants’ Academy have been selected as finalists in the Community-Apprentice Challenge running in schools across Bristol.

The inter-school competition Community-Apprentice is a bit like the Apprentice on television.  Young people have to develop, and crucially demonstrate, skills and personal qualities whilst managing their own projects.  In this case, however, they can only win as a team, not an individual and by tackling a social problem of their choosing.

Bristol’s answer to Lord Sugar, George Ferguson, is on the search for a winning team he believes has what it takes to make a difference for others.  The final is taking place in his ‘Boardroom’ in the Wills Memorial Building on the 28th of June and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony which will be attended by our students on 30th of June at the University of the West of England.

Team ‘Together We Can Stop Bullying’ from Merchants’ Academy have been selected as one of four teams to progress on to the Boardroom Challenge Final. They have worked really hard since September researching their problem, planning what to do about it and overcoming a range of problems to make it happen. Now they have been reflecting on what they have achieved and the impact the experience has had on themselves and others.

Team ‘Together We Can Stop Bullying’ wanted to raise awareness amongst younger children about bullying and the impact this can have on people. The team designed their own interactive workshop for primary age children, and have delivered this to year 5 classes in two local schools.  The team received very positive feedback from the children and teachers about what they had learnt, and the group now intend to adapt their workshop into a teaching resource and share this with local schools.

You can watch a short three minute film about their project here:

Another team at the school, Team ‘Pugs Not Drugs’, have been nominated for the resilience and problem solving award by the judges.

Team ‘Pugs Not Drugs’ chose to tackle the issue of drug and alcohol addiction and through their project they decided to raise money and awareness for the Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) which supports those with addictions, their carers, and dependents, including young people dealing with the addiction of a parent or loved one. The team held a fundraiser in their school, and following that success they have now been invited to run another fundraising event at the offices of healthcare company AXA PPP.

You can watch a short three minute film about their project here:

During the first round of the Boardroom Challenge both teams had to clearly articulate the skills they had developed from this experience drawing on specific examples. As well as helping them in the competition, this will provide them with examples for interviews for further education or jobs.  Employers are increasingly interested in transferable skills, like team working and problem solving, and it is important that students know how to evidence examples which demonstrate this.

Employees from Lloyds Banking Group have been mentoring the students throughout the project. Team Coach Adam Gallimore said “It’s been incredibly rewarding and really good fun working with the Merchants’ Academy students over the last few months. It’s been great being able to help coach and support the teams by using my experience of working in a large corporate. It’s amazing to see how far the students have come in a short period of time”.

Whatever the results it is clear that our students have really enjoyed this experience and gained a lot from it.



A-Level & GCSE Results Day

Posted on: June 10th, 2016 by Merchants' Academy No Comments

Please find below the details for Results day –

A Level – Thursday 18th August.

  • Year 13 should collect results between 9:00 – 10:30.
  • Year 12 should collect results between 10:30 – 12:00


GCSE – Thursday 25th August 9:00 – 12:00

What if students are unable to collect results that day?

  • Provide the Academy with a stamped addressed envelope and results will be posted that day.
  • A member of the students immediate family can collect results on the students behalf as long as they have a signed letter from the student giving consent.
  • Collect results from reception from 1st september


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

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)