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Welcome to Merchants’ Academy

Welcome to The Merchants’ Academy website where you will find information for students, parents, staff and visitors.

For those new to Merchants’ I am delighted to introduce you to this vibrant, positive and purposeful Academy committed to ensuring all our young people are successful and happy during their time with us and are prepared for their future lives.

The Academy is co-sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol being independent of local authority control. Working together brings significant advantages and opportunities for our students.

About us

High expectations

We are dedicated to serving our young people and every student is important to us. We will develop the ambition, confidence and potential of each of our students. We have high expectations and are committed to seeing that each one of our young people achieves their full potential, ready to take an active and responsible part in society. This is a stimulating, caring and orderly environment in which to learn and grow.

Opportunities to stretch and grow

We develop and stretch the talents and gifts each student has and support the areas of learning they find more difficult. There are endless opportunities for young people to achieve success within and beyond lessons. There are extensive co-curricular activities and our business links ensure students’ learning about enterprise teaches them the skills for life. This is a place where each individual has respect for themselves and others.

Support and intervention

We will closely track the progress of students and ensure they achieve more than they ever thought possible. There will be effective and prompt support and intervention when needed.

The best staff, governors and learning environment.

The staff and governors are highly qualified, experienced and dedicated to the development and progress of our students. The buildings, facilities and resources are exceptional.

This website can only give you a glimpse of what The Merchants’ Academy has to offer your son or daughter. We welcome visits and would be delighted to show you the Academy at work.

We look forward to working with you to ensure each of our young people are inspired to achieve more than they ever thought possible.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Merchants’ Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 April 2015

Key information


  • A: Merchants' Academy Sixth Form
    • Address:
    • Gatehouse Avenue
    • Withywood
    • Bristol
    • BS13 9AJ
    • Website:
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    • Merchants’ Academy Sixth Form aims to provide students with knowledge, understanding and experiences that are essential for the successful transition from school to university, employment or further training. We know that this is a critical time for students and we are committed to ensuring that our Sixth Formers leave the Academy with skills that will prepare them for adult life.

      We understand that each student has their own ambitions and aspirations; we want to help make these achievable, by offering support, guidance and courses that will enable our students to leave the Academy with qualifications that are held in high regard by universities and employers.

      We also want our students to have the opportunity to try new activities, meet new people, test their skills and capabilities and learn how to lead. We therefore offer a wide variety of enrichment activities to appeal to the different interests of all our students. We hope that they will leave Merchants’ Academy with a unique set of memories, knowing they have gained more than their academic qualifications. This helps to ensure their CV and UCAS application will stand out from the crowd. This, alongside the excellent careers’ guidance and our supportive tutor system, will mean that they receive the individual support necessary for them to be successful in their future.

      We know that post 16 students are faced with choices and decisions which will change their futures and shape their lives.