It is the policy of the Guild to treat applicants in the same way, regardless of colour, race, nationality, national origins, ethnic origins, religion or belief, religious practices, sex, gender reassignment status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

Terms of Use

These terms of use apply to the website of the Guild of Mercers’ Scholars (the Guild Website), please read them carefully.

  • The Guild Website is provided by the Guild, a not-for-profit organisation.
  • The Guild Website provides information about the Guild and its activities and other information that may be of interest.
  • We take all reasonable care to ensure that the materials and information on the Guild Website are accurate and complete however they are provided for general information purposes only and all liability is excluded in respect of any loss or damage which may arise in connection with the use of or reliance upon any materials and information appearing on the Guild Website.
  • Copyright in the pages forming the Guild Website belongs to the Guild, unless otherwise stated. All rights are reserved.
  • We reserve the right to suspend the Guild Website at any time for operational, regulatory, legal or other reasons.
  • Users of the Guild Website may access and use the Guild Website solely for their own personal purposes. Users must not use any content of the Guild Website for any commercial or illegal purpose.
  • Users of the Guild Website are prohibited from transmitting to the Guild Website any unlawful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate any law.
  • The Guild Website may provide links to other websites, these are provided for convenience only and do not imply affiliation with or endorsement by the Guild. Selecting any of these links will direct you to a website that is not related in any way to the Guild and the Guild takes no responsibility for the content contained on any other website.
  • If you have any queries or complaints regarding the Guild Website, please contact the Guild at:


Privacy Policy

Any personal information collected, gathered or processed by the Guild is subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy. All personal information is treated with the utmost confidentiality and with appropriate levels of security:

  • The Guild takes care to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act (1998) (the Act). For the purposes of the Act, the data controller is the Guild of Mercers’ Scholars, the clerk Communications,
  • The Guild uses the personal information we collect from our members for a range of activities relating to the running of the Guild (including the maintenance of records and the provision of membership services) and to comply with statutory obligations. All personal information is kept throughout your membership and, to the extent necessary, for such reasonable period after your membership has expired.
  • Our members personal information will:
    • only be used by the Guild for purposes consistent with the aims of the Guild;
    • will be available to only our members and to the public in the limited form you have stated on your membership form, for the Members Directory and for requested contact purposes only.
  • The Guild will not sell, distribute or lease members personal information to third parties and will only pass on such personal information where we are required by law to do so.
  • The Guild uses a security system that protects members personal information from unauthorised use. However as (a) no data transmissions over the internet and (b) no other methods of communication can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, we cannot take responsibility for any unauthorised access or loss of personal information that is beyond our control.
  • Members have the right to ask for a copy of the personal information held by the Guild, and also have the right to require the Guild to correct any inaccuracies in such personal information.
  • If:
    • any of the personal information you have submitted to the Guild about you changes; or
    • you have any queries concerning your personal information; or
    • you have any questions on the Guild’s use of the personal information, please contact
  • The Guild Website may provide links to other websites. Before supplying any personal information to any other website, the Guild recommends you check that website’s privacy policy. The Guild does not accept responsibility for the protection of any personal information or data supplied to other websites.
  • We may update this Privacy Policy and we would encourage our members to review this policy from time to time. This Privacy Policy was last updated on 7th August 2016.


Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Statement

The Guild of Mercers’ Scholars (GMS) has a particular and ongoing interest in, and concern for, the care of all of its Apprentices who are the pupils of some of the schools in the Mercers’ Company’s ‘Educational Cluster’ of schools.

The GMS has developed its policies in accordance with the principles established by the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 and in line with government publications: ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (March 2015) and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (as updated for September 2016) (KCSIE).   It is also informed by ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused – advice for practitioners’ (March 2015).

The GMS has appointed as its Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Guildman Martin Edwards and also a Guildman as its Deputy DSL. They can be contacted on

The Guild’s Officers and its Apprentice Masters will at all times keep a watchful eye for any signs of abuse of its Apprentices, whether they be of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect, as defined in part one of KCSIE as updated for September 2016.

Should any case of alleged or suspected abuse be reported to or be suspected by the GMS’s DSL, it will immediately be investigated by the GMS’s DSL for action and appropriate follow up and it will also be reported to the appropriate DSL of the pupil’s (or former pupil’s) School for their investigation and action and appropriate follow up.

The GMS and its DSL and its Deputy DSL will ensure that all prospective Apprentice Masters have first obtained enhanced DBS clearance and are issued with a copy of the GMS’s full Safeguarding Policy and that they undergo suitable induction and training before Binding of any Apprentices.

All of them will do everything within its and their powers to report appropriately, to assist in any relevant investigation, to take appropriate action on any findings that may be reported back to the DSL, and any findings by the professional staff of any of the schools in the Mercers’ educational cluster of schools or by any other relevant competent authority or body.

Copies of the GMS’s full Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies are available upon request from the DSL on:


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