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Merchiston Castle School

294 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, Scotland EH13 0PU
Tel: +44 (0) 131 312 2201

Private School (Fee Paying) Boys 7 - 18 Years Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

Merchiston is a remarkable School where boys make lifelong friends and community connections, whilst gaining a world-class, global, outward-looking education.

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Word From The Head

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Mr Jonathan Anderson

Merchiston is a remarkable School where boys make lifelong friends and community connections, whilst gaining a world-class, global, outward-looking education.

Our community’s wellbeing is central; without it, no one will ever achieve their best. That is why wellbeing underpins everything we do. It is what makes for meaningful and connected conversations. It is how we get to know your son really well. It is why we can support and motivate him in just the right way. Your son will thrive because he is known, understood, valued, and supported in everything he does.

When your son joins us, he will leave Merchiston as a rounded individual, not only having achieved the highest level of personal academic success, but also with a sense of who he is and with respect for others, having learnt what it means to have true integrity and character.

I would love to talk to you about your son and, more importantly, talk with him to work out what makes him tick, discuss where he wants to go next and make sure he has the toolkit to get there. I invite you to take a closer look at Merchiston to gain a feel for the unique atmosphere, ethos and spirit we offer and to discover how we can deliver an education made for your son.

Warmest regards

Jonathan Anderson,

Open Days, Visits & Events

28-09-2024 - Open Morning

Join us on Saturday 28th September (10am - 12pm) for our Open Morning.

Come and see Merchiston in action and explore our beautiful campus. It's a great opportunity for prospective families to meet our teaching staff, listen to students enthusing about their favourite subjects, meet our Academic Leadership Team and find out more about what Merchiston can offer your son. You will also be able to speak to our Parent Ambassadors, our Director of Sport, Director of Tennis and Director of Golf.

What We Offer

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing
  • IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Classics
  • Design Technology
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Ancient Greek
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Chinese - Mandarin
  • Dutch
  • English
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Band
  • Cadets
  • Chess
  • Choir
  • Coding
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • First Aid/Life Savers
  • Pipe Band
  • Public Speaking
  • Robotics
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Assessment
  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • Academic
  • All-rounder
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Bursaries
  • Choral
  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Financial Assistance
  • Music
  • Scholarships - Other
  • Siblings
  • Sixth Form
  • Sport
  • Inter-denominational
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range7 to 18
    Annual Day Fees *£17190 to £29250
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£28830 to £40320
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

    286Full Boarding0
    0Weekly Boarding0
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 0
    Part-time: 0

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    Current Parent

    The teachers we have met so far have all been fantastic – very personable, they all seem to know all the different boys and we love that.  

    Leaver Parent

    Trust the team, your son is in good hands!  

    Leaver Parent

    My advice [when considering a school for your son] would be to prioritise which offerings and characteristics your son would benefit from most and assess the strength of Merchiston in each area. For me – it would be good values, strong ethics, friendship and excellence in the department your son...  

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