|Specialism||Enterprise and skills|
|Location||Gatehouse Avenue, Withywood
|DfE URN||135597 Tables|
Merchants' Academy is an independent academy in Withywood, Bristol, England. The school is funded by Bristol City Council and sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol.
The sponsors provided an initial £2 million towards new school buildings and facilities, and continue to provide additional revenue support.
Merchants' Academy opened on 15 September 2008, replacing the former Withywood Community School. It is housed in a £30 million new build, which was erected on the site of the predecessor school.
The new build consists of seven separate buildings laid out around a central courtyard and the school was recently given the 2009 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) regional award for architectural excellence.
The Academy specialism is enterprise and skills and the Academy has links with various business partners such as Burges Salmon and the Bank of Ireland, who help deliver work experience and enterprise programmes.
A sixth form opened with the new Academy in 2008 and currently offers the International Baccalaurate Diploma and a range of vocational qualifications, including: BTEC hairdressing, construction and catering and hospitality. Students have access to an on-site hairdressing and beauty salon, bricklayers yard and professional kitchen.
The school has improved its results year on year and achieved its best ever GCSE scores in 2012, the table below shows the percentage of students hitting the key measure of 5 A*-C including English and Mathematics.
Academy sponsors the Merchant Venturers also own the Merchants' Academy Sports Centre adjacent to the school site, which is open to the general public, providing outdoor sports pitches, gym facilities and sports hall hire.
- The Merchants' Academy website
- Merchants' Academy Withywood, Registered Charity no. 1112261 at the Charity Commission
- http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/school.pl?urn=135597 St Bede's Catholic College
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