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MA.16. a modern, dynamic, student centred sixth form provider, allowing you the freedom and independence to follow a personalised academic pathway towards your goals and aspirations, whilst offering the pastoral support and care fundamental to student wellbeing and achievement.

MA.16. A destination of choice #AimHigh

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I am extremely proud to welcome you to our new Sixth Form provision, MA.16, based right at the heart of Merchants’ Academy.

With a truly exceptional team of experienced teaching and pastoral staff we are privileged to work with, and support, our community of students through their post-16 education.

MA.16 welcomes both home grown and external students from right across Bristol, who are looking for a supportive, dynamic, student centred sixth form experience.

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our community of students, and as such we offer a diverse range of traditional academic subjects married alongside a wide variety of vocational courses for students aged 16-18. From the academic courses of English Literature, Maths, Biology and Chemistry to the more vocational pathways including Lv3 Applied Sciences, Travel and Tourism and Sport. Please see our most recent course offering booklet for further details.

We have forged links with many local business partnerships, enhancing our provision and allowing us to offer a more contexualised curriculum.  Our current partnerships include Bristol Community Sport Programme which works alongside our Lv3 Sport programme and the football academy, as well as Boston Tea Party who work closely with the our Catering students. The support of these external business providers allows our students a unique learning experience whilst developing links and opportunities for the future.

At MA.16. we strive to offer our students more than just an academic curriculum. We are passionate about building well rounded individuals who have the confidence to believe in themselves and aim high.  Our staff are passionate about offering a clear cultural capital for all  regardless of background and prior life experiences. Therefore, interlinked with the academic studies, we have a vast menu of extracurricular experiences and life skills sessions for all of our students; from Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, to cultural trips around the UK and abroad, as well as opportunities to learn about managing finance, accessing further or higher education or simply knowing how to independently cook a nutritious, balanced meal.

From 2019 we open new facilities aimed at giving our students a bespoke environment dedicated to them .Our new facilities offer students a fresh, modern, vibrant learning environment clearly focussed on student wellbeing. Our new common room offers an environment designed for relaxing and socialising with our family of students across both lower and upper sixth. The room boasts some exceptional urban artwork produced by the highly acclaimed Bristol street artist John D’oh. The common room leads out to a relaxing sixth form garden focussed on student wellbeing. Here students can work, read or relax listening to some music or chatting to friends. The garden leads up to our MA Sports Centre where our students have free access to the gym facilities whilst studying with us, continuing our commitment to wellbeing. Next to our student common room is the sixth form study room. Here students can use the computers, read or complete work independently, expanding their knowledge and continuing their learning. Whilst we pride ourselves on our strong emphasis of student wellbeing, we also have very clear expectations around self- directed time and structured work periods encouraging our students to strive for academic excellence and self- determined goals.  

Two years at MA.16. will transform your opportunities for the future, open doors that you could never have imagined and will help you achieve more than you ever thought possible. If you have any further questions or queries please contact us at


I very much look forward to meeting soon.

MA.16. A destination of choice #AimHigh


Mr Andy Marshall-Aherne

Assistant Vice Principal


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