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New Term Sees Continued Success at Merchiston's Golf Academy

Published Tuesday 3rd of September 2013 10:57:33 AM

Merchiston Golf Academy new pupil, Murray Naysmith (16), handicap 2, has made a superb start to his time at Merchiston.

Winning the Paul Lawrie Junior Jug at the weekend, Naysmith has also been selected to represent the Scotland Schoolboys` U18 team against England. Director of Golf, Alan Murdoch, is delighted to be starting a new term as the number one school in Scotland according to the Independent Schools' Golf Association school rankings for 2012/13.

'Murray has started extremely well as a new pupil at Merchiston and we hope this success continues. This year we have 17 boys in the Academy and I am really looking forward to working with all the pupils. It is important we develop Scottish talent, however, it is also good to have some international boys too. This year we have boys from three different continents - Europe , Asia and Africa . We have a busy schedule starting next week with a school fixture against Loretto played at Kings Acre, where the Golf Academy is based.'

The Edinburgh based school is also listed as number 4 in the UK, which is particularly impressive, given that the Golf Academy at Merchiston only launched in 2011.

Supporting Information

Merchiston is unique in Scotland (and, indeed, north of the Home Counties) as a boys' boarding school with day pupils within it. We have strong and effective approaches to develop each boy's personal achievements and boast an impressive record of helping boys excel far beyond their expected results at GCSE and A level. Our academic record is excellent and we are consistently in the top flight of independent schools in the UK. Pupils' applications to the most prestigious colleges, within the UK and abroad, continue to meet with success.

Merchiston's sporting programme plays an extremely important role in School life and the team of staff works hard to achieve excellence within a 'sport for all philosophy', offering training and competition in over 20 sports. At present, the School has internationalists in rugby, cricket, tennis, golf, shooting, table tennis and modern pentathlon.

Our main objective is to motivate pupils to try their hardest and to strive to achieve the highest levels possible in all areas - firstly, academic, then cultural, sporting, leadership and simply living together as part of a community. The modern way of life at Merchiston is therefore busy and exacting and we seek to maintain the delicate balance of priorities within and outwith the classroom. However, whilst revelling in the excellence of the sporting, musical and numerous other activities, we continue to emphasise the primacy of academic work, which is at the heart of the total curriculum.

Pastoral care underpins all aspects of Merchiston, for if the boys are not looked after, they cannot perform. Essentially, whilst we are concentrating on the academic platform of each boy alongside the importance of co-curricular activities, we also try to focus on developing boys who have a sense of values. We are wholly committed to nurturing each boy's talents and believe passionately in recognising the importance of the learning and teaching of boys.

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