Merchiston Castle School
294 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0PU
0131 312 2201
Boys' Boarding & Day
|Headmaster||Mr A R Hunter|
|Date Appointed||September 1998|
|Boys Age Range||7-18|
|Number of pupils||450|
|Number of boarders||330|
|Day fees per annum||£14,595 - £23,505|
|Boarding fees per annum||£20,280 - £31,650|
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'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 really does turn the 'C student' into a 'B student' and the 'B student' into an 'A student'. Our 2016 results at every level offer clear evidence of the value-added by the School, for which we are in the top 5 per cent of the UK schools.
Merchiston's exceptional performance at A Level and GCSE over a significant number of years, demonstrates that our boys, as a cohort, are consistently amongst the highest achieving boys in Scotland. Furthermore, nine of our leavers in 2016 are attending top 30 international universities in QS World University Rankings 2016-17, and 50 per cent of students have gained places to Russell Group Universities, such as Bath, Cambridge, Oxford and other top international institutions. A number of students gained admission to USA Ivy League Universities, such as Cornell and Brown.
Merchiston is committed to leading students towards 'personal excellence'. Currently, our extra-mural initiatives include entry for the Mathematics and Physics Challenges and Olympiads, English Speaking Board examinations, foreign language trips, Arkwright Scholarships (Design and Technology), and many others.
Sport for all
Merchiston prides itself on fostering the pursuit of excellence in a sport-for-all environment. In 2016-17, there were 73 different teams, of all abilities, playing competitive fixtures across 16 sports: a total of 539 fixtures. More impressive is that 89% of all pupils, from 7-18, represented the school at some stage in the year. The School is currently represented nationally and internationally in many sports, such as athletics, cricket, golf, rugby and target shooting. We have also achieved Scottish honours in tennis, rugby and clay pigeon shooting in the last three years. The Tennis Academy is ranked number two World Tennis School, by the ISF World Schools Championship, 2017 and number two in the UK in the LTA Team Tennis Schools rankings, 2017; the Golf Academy is the number one UK Junior Ranked Golf School in the ISGA rankings 2016-17, with two members ranked in the top four UK Individual Junior Players, 2017.
The co-curricular programme at Merchiston delivers life skills, such as: leadership, teamwork, and mentoring through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, Combined Cadet Force, prefectship, Koinonia and other activities.
Music and Drama are major parts of life at Merchiston. These departments collaborate regularly and pupils of all ages have the chance to be involved, either performing on stage or working behind the scenes. There is an orchestra and other instrumental groups, including pipe bands, and a choir and choral society, as well as opportunities for individual instrumental lessons. Merchiston also benefits from its strong links with local girls' schools for drama and musical performances, other cultural events and social gatherings. Our links ensure that our boys can develop their social skills and relationships soon blossom.
"Science is a great strength."
Tatler Schools Guide, 2015
"I am very happy with my son's Merchiston journey - he has turned into a thoughtful, confident, friendly, ambitious young man, eager to make his way in the world, safe in the knowledge that he has the backing of a group of fellow Merchistonians with whom he has shared his journey. He can stand in any company and speak eloquently with wit and charm and we are extremely proud of him."