Education is a core pillar of the Company's philanthropic work

The Company has promoted education as a tenet to its philanthropic work since the 15th-century when leading Merchant Taylors began to found schools across the United Kingdom to deliver free and quality education to young people.

Today, the Company works with 17 schools and educational institutions to continue providing quality education. However today, in line with the Company Strategy, the definition of education has been expanded to reflect vocational, specialist and extra-curricular fields to enable children ad young people to contribute best to society as well-rounded and grounded individuals.

As the Company's relationship with each of its schools and institutions is slightly different. find out more abut each below:


Brightwell cum Sotwell is a small primary school within the picturesque village of the same name. Operating under the umbrella of the Merchant Taylors' Oxfordshire Academy Trust it engages the children with a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges and stimulates their learning.

Purchased by the Company in 1984.

St. John’s is an IAPS boys’ day preparatory school with approximately 350 boys aged three to thirteen years old. Facing south on a thirty-five acre site we have outstanding views over London. To enable each boy to extend and develop his talents and interests so that he can grow in confidence and fulfil his potential. Both inside and outside the classroom the individual is presented with a range of opportunities which, when fully grasped, will enable him to flourish. 

Founded by Francis Terry in 1920, Merchant Taylors' Prep School is committed to maintaining a strong academic tradition whilst preserving a balance between the academic, spiritual, emotional and physical needs of our pupils. The school supports the development of the boys through both the quality of teaching but also an extensive range of extra-curricular and sporting activities.

Stanfield, Merchant Taylors' is a happy, friendly co-educational school where young minds are encouraged to explore and be inquisitive, unafraid to make and learn from their mistakes. The contemporary facilities, excellent teaching staff and smaller class sizes enable the school to bring the very best out of every girl and boy.


Founded in 1502 by Sir John Percyvale, King’s has been providing excellent education for children for over 510 years. They are proud of their Merchant Taylors' history and outstanding reputation but they also look forward to the exciting challenges of educating tomorrow’s generation. The school is a vibrant, dynamic community educating children from 3 to 18 years old; learning and personal development are at the heart of their community. 

Founded in 1620 by John Harrison, Merchant Taylors’ Schools are a famous family of schools based in Crosby, just north of Liverpool.

Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School is an independent day school for boys aged 11-18: it is one of the leading boys’ schools in the North West and consistently tops the Sefton League Tables for examination results. The School has a strong history and tradition of excellence as well as a reputation for producing well-rounded, successful and happy young men.

Founded by the Company in 1561

Merchant Taylors’ School is one of the ‘Great Nine’ schools of England. They have provided outstanding educational opportunities to boys in the London area since 1561. “Merchant Taylors’ is an exceptional learning community that provides a first class education in a humane and civilised environment. The value breadth of achievement as much as success at the highest level. In September 2015 Northwood Prep merged with Merchant Taylors’ School making an all-through school for boys aged 3-18.

Founded by the Company in 1878.

Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School is an independent day school for girls aged 11-18. Based in Crosby, Liverpool, it is one of the leading girls’ schools in the North West. In addition to providing an academic education, the school offers a diverse range of extra-curricular activities, so that pupils leave as rounded, confident and balanced members of society, well-prepared for further education and their careers.

St Helen’s School is a leading independent girls’ day school providing outstanding, all-round education for girls aged 3-18. Set in over 21 acres of beautiful grounds in North London, the school provides the opportunity for pupils to excel academically, fulfil their potential and acquire the skills, insight and confidence to become leaders in their future professions and communities, and make a valuable contribution to wider society. The school cherishes its rich history and enduring values but is also forward thinking and embraces innovation. Girls leave the school confident, independent and ready to take their place in the world.

St. Saviour’s & St. Olave’s School was founded as a grammar school for girls in 1903. It belongs to the St. Olave’s & St. Saviour’s Schools Foundation, which can trace its history back through four centuries to the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Today the school is fully inclusive and very successful inner city Church of England school for girls. The school provides an educational environment of stability and tradition that enables the whole community to learn from the very best of their shared heritage. 

Founded in 1659 by Walter Bigg

Wallingford School helps every pupil choose the right mix of elements that will send them into the world able and qualified to play their full part. At Wallingford School they believe there is much to be said for a long, happy childhood in the hands of caring adults. Young people here are so positive and confident partly because they are both respected and respectful. 

Founded in 1512 by Sir Stephen Jenyns

Wolverhampton Grammar School aims to be a busy, happy and successful community with young people, their learning, development and welfare at the heart of everything we do. The philosophy of WGS places scholarship at the heart of a challenging education which promotes achievement through active involvement. It seeks to develop self-awareness and a sense of responsibility, values both individuality and altruism, and fosters the spirit of community and commitment traditional to the School.

Founded in 1617 by Matthias Springham, Foyle College is a co-educational, grammar school which has been providing high quality education for the City of Londonderry and its surrounding area for almost 400 years. The school aims to help their students to grow academically, athletically and artistically enabling them to fulfil their potential both as members of the school community and as contributors to society.

Norland College's mission is to uphold and enhance the college's prestigious reputation and to provide a bespoke early years higher education, training and consultancy, informed by cutting-edge research, and cultivate outstanding graduates with lifelong career opportunities, professional support and continuous learning.

Whilst many of the founding principles of Norland have remained the same since Emily Ward started the College, the students are training and working in a very different world, which the teaching and curriculum reflect; but at the centre of everything is the health, well-being and education of the children we care for. 

Higher Education

Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and production artists in the heart of the City of London. Founded in 1880 in London, England. Students can pursue courses in music, opera, drama and technical theatre arts.

The London Music Fund is an independent charity with the Mayor of London as Patron. The Fund provides grants of to enable thousands of children and young people across every London borough to develop their musical potential.

Pembroke College is a distinctive, successful and supportive academic community at the heart of one of the world’s great universities.

Founded in 1473, St Catharine's College is a welcoming community of students, staff and Fellows in the heart of Cambridge.

Founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas White, St John's is proud of its reputation for academic excellence within a vibrant, supportive and socially diverse community.

The Savile Row Bespoke Association is dedicated to protecting and promoting the practices and traditions that have made Savile Row the acknowledged home of the best bespoke tailoring in the world and a byword for unequalled quality.

The Slade School of Fine Art approaches the practice of contemporary art and the history and theories that inform it in an experimental, research-oriented and imaginative way. An art school with a world leading reputation, the Slade makes a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art both nationally and internationally.