‘A balanced curriculum, excellent pastoral care and a high A Level pass rate make Merchiston one of the UK’s leading independent schools’ – www.ukboardingschools.com
Merchiston is the only boys’ independent boarding school in Scotland, offers the English curriculum, but has a truly global and outward-facing dimension. The School takes pride in specializing in the education of boys and preparing them for the world, developing aspirational, and sensitive, yet gentle-men! Think about a wonderfully caring and nurturing family environment, where they will learn to like learning more.
With an ethos based on traditional values, Merchiston encourages self-reliance and independence, as well as respect for and tolerance of others. The 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 exciting 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, the School continues to emphasize the primacy of academic work, which is at the heart of the total curriculum.
* Interim Academic Results 2017/18
We provide a stimulating, challenging, yet supportive and encouraging environment where your son can grow up surrounded by his friends within our unique house structure. Over 65 per cent of pupils board so there is never a dull moment as we provide a full boarding programme seven days a week. Our international boarders form, in most years, around 20 per cent of our School population and come from over 20 different countries.
Each boarding house caters for a particular age group and the atmosphere and activities are tailored accordingly. The House structure enables boys to develop a wide circle of friends, and to learn how to support each other.
Merchiston also benefits from its strong links with girls’ schools for drama performances, cultural events and social gatherings.
A range of scholarships is available at ages 10+. A financial concession is not automatically applied to a Scholarship but, where parents wish, they may apply fir means-tested financial assistance.
Type of School- Boarding and Day School for boys
Age range- 7–8
Number of pupils- 440
Number of boarders- 286
Teacher/pupil ratio- 1:7
Religious traditions- Non-denominational
Fees per term. Boarding £7,030 - £10,970; Day £5,010 - £8,070.
ISC association- HMC, SofH
Affiliations- BSA, IBSC, SCIS
Mr. Jonathan Anderson, Headmaster
Merchiston Castle School
Edinburgh EH13 0PU
+44 (0) 131 312 2201