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Merchiston Castle School

294 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, Scotland EH13 0PU

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


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Word From The Head

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Mr Jonathan Anderson

I hope you find all you need on our website - www.merchiston.co.uk - to help you with the important task of selecting a school for your son.

Read, digest, explore. Meet our community. Discover what makes us different. Understand our aims for your son and how we will deliver on them. See if you can imagine him here.

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

08-10-2023 - Open Day

Join us at the Merchiston Junior & Senior Open Day.

Held in our Memorial Hall, our Information Morning will offer you the chance to chat to our departmental Staff, meet our Academic Leadership Team and find out more about what Merchiston has to offer. Our Admission Team will be on hand to answer any additional questions and guide you through the admission process too.

26-11-2023 - Information Session

Join us for a family-friendly, interactive morning to learn more about the much anticipated The Forest at Merchiston. Here we will share our ethos, architectural plans, curriculum, staffing and financial information and answer any questions you may have.

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
  • Bursaries
  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Academic
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Choral
  • Art
  • Siblings
  • Music
  • Financial Assistance
  • All-rounder
  • Scholarships - Other
  • 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:

    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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