Merchant Taylors' Company has a proud tradition of supporting education, providing young people with bright futures
The Company's support for education began in the 15th-century, when records show a school near the Hall, at Cornhill was maintained by the Company. As the Company expanded and grew in standing, so too did the ambitions of its members. While investment in formal education within London remained over the 16th and 17th centuries, the Company's leading philanthropists looked to alternative routes to make an impact.
Following the precedent set by other Livery Companies, Sir John Percyvale, founded the King's School in Macclesfield in 1502. Over the course of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Company and its members established schools across the United Kingdom, focusing on the provision of education for 'poor skolars' at a wide range of schools and educational institutions. The Company continues to believe in education as a core pillar of its mission and, crucially, as a social investment.
'As a result of [Merchant Taylors'] support, we are able to ensure children from low-income families all over London fulfil their potential in music and beyond'
Over the centuries, the Company has grown substantially, and today Merchant Taylors' is proud of 17 affiliated schools and higher education institutions.
The Company's membership continues to engage with education through volunteering and governance opportunities. Through offering experience, expertise and time, as well as financial giving, the Company strives to ensure that educational support remains at the centre of its work. Find out more here.
Recognising that education is an investment in the future, recently Merchant Taylors' has broadened its scope from promoting only traditional academia to include a fuller type of learning: 'An education which aims to develop the full person [...] including cultural and creative learning as well as the development of the intellect.' Through this more inclusive interpretation, the Company has re-established its links to its tailoring roots, through the Livery Companies' Skills Council and particularly, the Golden Shears, which celebrates sartorial innovation and excellence. The Company also proudly connects students within and across its schools and institutions network to celebrate their sporting, musical and artistic endeavours.
As part of the Company Strategy, the provision of educational opportunities for disadvantaged young people is key. Through funding bursaries, scholarships and giving grants to charities that are focused on education, the Company's membership commits itself to making a positive impact on young people's lives. Please keep up-to-date with our work in education here.
'The award is enabling me to better support the family of the child I sponsor through the charity Compassion UK'