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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 2200
Fax: +44 131 441 6060

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Founded:1833

Headmaster:
Mr A R Hunter, BA

Admissions Manager:
Mrs Kay Wilson

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
ASCL, SLS, SCIS, SHMIS, AMDIS, BSA, HMC, ISBA, ISEB, ISCO, ISC, AGBIS
Religious affiliation:
Inter-denominational
Teaching languages:
English
Age Range & Fees
Age
Range
7 - 18
Annual
Day Fees
£14,100
to
£22,710
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
NA
 
NA
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
£19,650
to
£30,660
Number of Pupils
School Boy
Boys
School Girl
Girls
160
Day
0
300
Full board
0
0
Weekly
0
460
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, Report from previous school, Please apply to school, Assessment, GCSE results, Common Entrance, Scholarship or bursary exam, Taster days, Scholarship exam, Interview
 

Scholarships & Bursaries:


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

What we offer


  • Classics
  • Economics
  • Design technology
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Electronics
  • Government/Politics
  • French
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • English
  • Hockey
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Badminton
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water sports
  • Football
  • Athletics
  • Cross-country
  • Cricket
  • Adventure training
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Chess
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Astronomy
  • Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Drama productions
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Scuba diving
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Pipe band
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • 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 situated four miles from the centre of Edinburgh in 100 acres of beautiful parkland. The School has an unrivalled reputation for providing an excellent all-round education for boys aged 8-18, with boys achieving high standards academically, in the arts and in sports. The school was recently named The Sunday Times Scottish Independent Secondary School of the Year for 2009.

Merchiston has a friendly atmosphere and pastoral care is a top priority. The School's unique house system fosters friendship and security. Its homely Junior School, Pringle, (7-12 year olds) is located separately within the School grounds. A state-of-the-art Sixth Form boarding house with en-suite bedrooms, open plan social spaces and a gym opened in January 2009.

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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