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Our Sponsors

The work of Merchants’ Academy is made possible through the outstanding support and expertise provide by the co-sponsors, the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol and is brought to life by a team of excellent teachers and leaders. The sponsors are the key to success of Merchants’ Academy and are what makes the Academy unique, both locally and nationally. They are an essential part of the Academy vision, able to give our students exceptional chances, experiences and opportunities unavailable elsewhere.

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The Society of Merchant Venturers plays a prominent role in the commercial life and institutions of Bristol. From its origins in the fifteenth century, the Society has developed an involvement with a wide range of charitable activities especially in education.

The Merchant Venturers are the founders and principal sponsor of Merchants’ Academy and the Merchants’ Academy Trust. With the clear aim to make Merchants’ Academy one of the best schools in the country, the Society provides the Academy with financial guidance, governance and other opportunities, including support to equip students to meet the challenges of life beyond the classroom.

Our students also have the opportunity to take part in joint activities with those from other schools run by the Society including Colston’s School and the CGS Trust.

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The University of Bristol ranks as one of the top 10 universities in the United Kingdom. It is actively involved in the development of the Academy curriculum and allows students to access its excellent academic facilities. The university also offers support in other areas such as mentoring and the provision of vocational work placements.

The university provides extensive support and opportunities for our Sixth Form including scholarships, preferential offers of grades to gain a place, with the additional possibility of bursaries to support degree studies.