Merchiston Castle School


Merchiston Castle School

Type: Day / Boarding / Single Sex (Boys only)
Age Range: 7-18
Head's Name: Andrew Hunter
Address: Colinton Road
United Kingdom
Phone: 0131 312 2203
Fax: 0131 441 6060
Division: Scottish

School Profile

Merchiston is Scotland’s only boys’ independent boarding school, offers the English curriculum, and has a global, outward-looking dimension. The School prepares boys for adult life, developing aspirational, and sensitive, yet gentle-men, in a caring family environment, where they learn to like learning more. Merchiston fosters traditional values and self-reliance, alongside respect and tolerance. We motivate pupils to strive to achieve the highest levels possible in all spheres of life.

Boys grow up surrounded by friends within our unique house structure. Over 65% of pupils board, and a full boarding programme is offered. Our international boarders form around 20% of our School population and come from over 20 countries.

Each boarding house caters for a particular age group, enabling boys to develop a wide circle of friends, and to learn how to support each other. Pringle, set within a walled garden, houses boys aged of 7 - 12. Between 13 and 15 boys move through the Chalmers and Rogerson Houses, providing a high level of pastoral care as the boys grow through adolescence. The purpose-built Sixth Form house offers 126 en-suite bedrooms.

The 2016 results were again outstanding: 43 per cent achieved A* and A grades, continuing a long‑running trend of Merchiston’s boys being amongst the highest attaining in Scotland.

Our curriculum meets 21st century needs, developing skills as well as knowledge and understanding, and is delivered in a way that appeals to boys. All staff are able to tap into the huge bank of knowledge and experience we have at the School, enabling every boy to reach his potential. We hold regular reviews and assessments so issues can be highlighted, strengths identified, and plans made. Our results at every level offer clear evidence of the value-added by the School, for which we are in the top 5% of UK schools. Continuity, progression and good communication within our planning enables us to meet every boy’s needs, whatever his abilities, and varied rates of learning. Personal, Social and Health Education, within the Wellbeing agenda, addresses the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of the boys.

Merchiston’s sport-for-all environment fosters the pursuit of excellence, with equal emphasis on recreation.  In 2015/16, 87 different teams, of all abilities, played 590 competitive fixtures across 16 sports. 89% of all pupils have represented the School. The School is currently represented nationally and internationally in many sports. As one of the leading innovators of sports education in the UK, our Tennis Academy is ranked number three in the UK in the LTA Team Tennis Schools rankings, 2016, and our Golf Academy is the No.1 UK Junior Golf School (ISGA 2014/15 and 2015/16).

The co-curricular programme delivers such life skills as leadership, teamwork, and mentoring.

Music and Drama are major activities, involving pupils of all ages. There are numerous instrumental ensembles and choirs, as well as opportunities for individual instrumental lessons. Strong links with local girls’ schools for performances, other cultural events and social gatherings ensure that our boys can develop their social skills and relationships soon blossom.

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