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Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, Scotland



School Details
School Crest
Colinton,
Edinburgh,
Edinburgh, Scotland,
United Kingdom,
EH13 0PU

Tel: +44 131 312 2201
Fax: +44 131 441 6060

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Founded:1833

Headmaster:
Mr A R Hunter, BA

Director of Admissions:
Mrs Kay Wilson

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
AGBIS, SHMIS, SCIS, ISEB, ISCO, AMDIS, ISC, ISBA, HMC, BSA, ASCL, SLS
Religious affiliation:
Inter-denominational
Teaching languages:
English
Age Range & Fees
Age
Range
7 - 18
Annual
Day Fees
£14,595
to
£23,505
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
NA
 
NA
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
£20,280
to
£31,650
Number of Pupils
School Boy
Boys
School Girl
Girls
150
Day
0
300
Full board
0
0
Weekly
0
450
Total
NA
This school offers
flexi-boarding.
Number of Staff
Please contact school for more details on staff numbers
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:


Entry test or exam, Scholarship or bursary exam, Interview, Taster days, Common Entrance, GCSE results, Report from previous school, Scholarship exam, Please apply to school, Assessment
 

Scholarships & Bursaries:


Financial need, 6th Form, Academic, All-rounder, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Art, CDT, Choral, Means tested bursaries, Clergy/Ministers, Junior school entry, Senior school entry, Means tested scholarships, Sport, Music, Siblings, Other bursaries, Other scholarships, Teaching

What we offer


  • Economics
  • Classics
  • Electronics
  • Design technology
  • Government/Politics
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • ICT
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Arabic
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • English
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Water sports
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Hockey
  • Cricket
  • Astronomy
  • Shooting
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Drama productions
  • Dance
  • Cycling
  • Chess
  • Adventure training
  • Skiing
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Pipe band
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of international students
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • School bus service
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
 
 
Head PhotoMerchiston Castle School, one of Scotland's leading independent schools, is the only boys' independent boarding school in Scotland, offers the English curriculum, and has a global outward-looking dimension. We take pride in specializing in the education of boys and preparing them for the world, developing aspirational and sensitive, yet gentle-men! Think about a wonderfully caring and nurturing family environment, where they will learn to like learning more.

Merchiston is a school of contrasts: located just five minutes from a village; in a parkland setting, but with views towards and easy access into the wonderful, cosmopolitan capital city that is Edinburgh.

With a generous teacher to pupil ratio of 1:7, Merchiston is particularly renowned for its academic excellence. Merchiston's exceptional performance at A Level and GCSE over a significant number of years, demonstrates that our boys, as a cohort, are consistently amongst the highest achieving boys in Scotland.

Merchiston has a strong reputation for its sporting achievements, with current pupils participating at international level in sports, ranging from fencing to cricket. The School is particularly well known for the high standards of its rugby.

Music is encouraged through the purpose-built music school which caters for a wide range of instrumental and choral pursuits - more than two thirds of the school are involved in music. Merchiston benefits from its strong links with local girls' schools for drama and musical performances, other cultural events and social gatherings. Our links ensure that our boys can develop their social skills and relationships soon blossom.

For students from overseas there is the opportunity to experience the British education system as well as to improve their English. In addition to a full academic, sports and extra-curricular programme, Merchiston also provides extensive individual support to a number of its students. English as an Additional Language (EAL) is provided.

Alumni - The Merchistonian Club, founded in 1865, boasts many high profile members, including the Scottish rugby player John Jeffrey who gained 40 International caps, the politician The Rt Honourable Lord John McGregor and Sir Peter Burt, Former Chief Executive of the Bank of Scotland.

The alumni allows old boys to keep in touch. As always, sport is high on the agenda, and Merchistonians field teams for rugby, cricket, golf, tennis, squash, curling, shooting and swimming.
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