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CULLUM MCALPINE ELECTED LEADER OF BRISTOL’S SOCIETY OF MERCHANT VENTURERS

Cullum McAlpine has been announced as the new Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers (SMV) – one of the region’s leading philanthropic organisations.  Having spent most of his business in the construction sector in South West England and South Wales, Cullum brings an enormous amount of experience to the leadership role.  The Society has changed a great deal over recent years, becoming significantly more outward facing. Cullum believes there is still…
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Society of Merchant Venturers Celebrates Charter Day

WHAT IS CHARTER DAY? The Society of Merchant Venturers celebrates Charter Day each year on 10th November (or on the closest Monday after the 10th if the 10th falls on a weekend). Charter Day itself commemorates the granting of the Royal Charter by Edward VI in 1552, endorsed by Charles I in 1639. On this day, the new Master of the Society for the ensuing year takes office and together with…
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FAIRLAWN PRIMARY SCHOOL CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR WITH COLOURFUL WALL DISPLAY

The first pupils at Fairlawn School in Montpelier have marked the completion of their reception year by creating a colourful wall hanging that celebrates how they feel about school. The 29 children worked with textile artist Gemma Jones on the project. Each child designed a panel and then transferred the ideas on to a green felt background, using brightly printed fabric scraps, ribbons, buttons and bows. With the help of…
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MERCHANTS’ ACADEMY COLLECTS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Merchants’ Academy was applauded by members of the Royal family recently when the Academy’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Centre was presented with a special plaque during a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to recognise its invaluable work in the community.  2016 is the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which is globally recognised and offered in 140 countries around the world. Joining the Merchants’ Academy representatives at…
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CGS TRUST SCHOOLS HOST ‘OLYMPICS WEEK’

More than 650 children from five Bristol schools are setting off on the road to Rio this week (June 20-24). The starting gun for ‘Olympics Week’ at CGS Trust will be fired by sprinter Jason Gardener, a gold medal winner at the Athens Games in 1984 – but it won’t just be a dash to the finishing line. The students, aged four to 16, are in it for the long…
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NEW LOGO FOR CGS TRUST

CGS Trust has grown from strength to strength over the past year, and continues to build a positive profile and maintain a strong reputation both in the educational community and within the South West region. It is important that the CGS Trust brand reflects both the professionalism and ethos of the Trust and its family of schools. In support of this, the Trust has launched a new logo that represents…
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COLSTON’S LEADING THE WAY IN EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

An innovative employability programme launched this year by Colston’s School which prepares students for life in the global economy, has impressed industry professionals from across Bristol at an outstanding project showcase event. The scheme named Future Leaders is the brainchild of Colston’s Deputy Headmaster (Academic) Dr Paul Hill and gives students a head start with preparations for university applications, career choices and of course the employability skills that are in…
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ASTRONAUT TOUCHES DOWN AT MERCHANTS’ ACADEMY

Mike Foale, the first Briton to walk in space, held students spellbound when he visited Merchants’ Academy Bristol to talk about his career. He told the audience of Year 7 and 8 students how he wanted to be an astronaut from the age of six and pursued his ambition with determination. He was finally selected by NASA at the age of 30 and went on to take part in six…
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MERCHANTS’ ACADEMY WINS ‘NATIONAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR’

The music department at Merchants’ Academy in Bristol has been declared the best in the country. The Academy took the national title at a glamorous ceremony in London’s Knightsbridge, dubbed the Oscars of the music teaching world. Almost 300 teachers, musicians and VIPs were at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence event, hosted by Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor and attended by celebrities including Julian Lloyd Webber and Fanny Waterman. Merchants’…
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665 – COLSTON’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL RECEIVES HIGHEST NUMBER OF FIRST-CHOICE APPLICATIONS IN BRISTOL

Colston’s Girls’ School has received the highest number of first-choice applications in Bristol. A total of 363 families put the academy in Cheltenham Road as their top preference when applying for Year 7 places for September.  The secondary school also notched up 184 second preferences and 118 third preferences. Most of the 140 girls sent offers on March 1st were selected by random allocation. Applications come from across the greater…
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