ACS International School

Merchiston Castle School

Colinton, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom EH13 0PU

Age Range & Fees

Age Range7 to 18
Annual Day Fees£15030 to £24210
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£0 to £0
Annual Full Boarding Fees£21090 to £32910

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
154Day0
286Full Board0
0Weekly0
440Total0

Number of Staff

Full-time: 0
Part-time: 0

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Mr Jonathan Anderson


For 185 years, Merchiston has excelled in providing boys with an education full of learning and life-shaping experiences. We aim to give each boy his own capacity and confidence to live in a dynamic and ever-changing world and to make their life as rich as possible. Crucially, we encourage him to work hard and take pride in his achievements, to think honestly and independently, to show concern for others and to develop wider skills and interests.

Merchiston is a school of delightful 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. Nearly everything boys could imagine by way of co-curricular activity is here on campus, but the School is only a short drive from the nearest beach, ski-slope, sailing school or golf course. We are a Scottish school, offering the English curriculum, but with a truly global and outward-facing dimension.

Being part of our boarding community means learning opportunities are not limited to school hours but continue throughout the day and evening - on our fields, in our classrooms, and in our houses. We believe that this provides boys with the building blocks to become lifelong learners and to celebrate success throughout their lifetime. We prepare them for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in an extremely competitive world in which they will be required to demonstrate commitment, flexibility, teamwork, clarity of purpose, and integrity; regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.

As part of every pupil's journey through the school, we care for the pupils by developing positive values, a commitment to learning and their sense of personal identity; we follow our mantra of 'Boys First' and our boys thrive because they are known, understood and valued.

There is an intangible quality to a school; something that one can only appreciate during a visit. It is the sense of community and the culture of excellence, humility and respect that makes us stand out. Our school is a remarkable place for boys to make lifelong friends while gaining a world-class education. We ensure that our young people are ready to contribute to, and shape, the world of tomorrow.

Please come and visit us. We look forward to welcoming you, sharing this very special place with you, and showing you what we mean.
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What we offer

  • Classics
  • Design technology
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Ancient Greek
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water sports
  • Adventure training
  • Astronomy
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Pipe band
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Hearing
  • Dyslexia
  • MLD

Method of Entry

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

Scholarships & Bursaries

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

Accreditations and Affliations:

  • AGBIS
  • AMDIS
  • ASCL
  • BSA
  • SLS
  • HMC
  • ISBA
  • ISC
  • ISCO
  • ISEB
  • SCIS
  • SHMIS

Religious Affliations:

  • Inter-denominational


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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