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Merchiston Castle School

Merchiston Castle School

294 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0PU

0131 312 2200



Merchiston Castle School
School type Boys' Day & Boarding Preparatory, Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1833
Headmaster Mr Jonathan Anderson
Date Appointed August 2018
Boys Age Range 7-18 years (boarding from 11-18)
Number of pupils 380
Number of boarders 260
Day fees per annum £17,190 - £29,250 per annum
Boarding fees per annum £28,830 - £40,320 per annum
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:8
Associations HMC, SofH, BSA, IBSC, SCIS

Building Strong Foundations

Many schools can boast about their exceptional academic results, university success rates, extensive sporting and co-curricular programmes, welcoming atmospheres and stunning grounds and facilities. Indeed, we can do that as well.

What makes us different, however, is a combination of things: our size, a genuine focus on the needs of the individual, and the fact that we really understand boys and how to get the very best out of them.

It is a potent trio. It is what enables us to know our boys really well and to understand what makes them tick. It is why we can support them in a way that is material and motivating to them. It is the reason your son will strive for personal excellence and want to be the best version of himself. It is the secret of their, and our, success.

Our mission is to provide a caring community for every boy, which treats him as an individual, unearths and nurtures his talents, encourages him to pursue excellence in all he does, and enables him to flourish.

Our community's wellbeing is central; without it, no one will ever achieve their best. That is why wellbeing underpins everything we do. Our boys thrive because they are known, understood, valued, and supported in everything they do.

Merchiston is a remarkable school where boys make lifelong friends and community connections whilst gaining a world-class, global, outward-looking education.

We 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.

Merchiston's young men leave us as rounded individuals, not only having achieved the highest level of personal academic success but with a sense of who they are and with respect for others, having learnt what it means to have true integrity and character. Our success proves that what we do works.

Curriculum - Merchiston Juniors

The curriculum at Merchiston Juniors is designed with the following principles in mind: challenge and enjoyment, breadth, progression, depth, personalisation and choice, coherence and relevance.

Our curriculum provides the opportunity for individual study, creativity, leadership, co-operative learning, self- and peer assessment and target setting. Co-curricular activities in the arts and sport provide numerous additional opportunities to be challenged, to flourish and to succeed. We look to develop successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. We believe that the wide range of opportunities on offer allows each learner to thrive and develop in a rounded manner.

Outdoor Learning

We are incredibly fortunate to be able to use the outdoors every day to help develop and extend our pupils' skills and enhance our curriculum. Our pupils forage and collect eggs for baking, incorporate nature walks into descriptive writing, collect autumnal leaves for Art lessons, perform drama under the spectacular tree canopy and much more.

Home from Home

The school provides a stimulating, challenging, yet supportive and encouraging environment where your son can grow up surrounded by his friends within our unique house structure.

A House Parent ensures the smooth-running of the domestic side of the House and provides valuable pastoral wellbeing support. An enthusiastic and committed team of tutors and prefects allows us to provide exciting recreational and social activities, designed to meet the needs of every boy. Boys leave Merchiston Juniors eager and ready to make the most of the opportunities available to them in the Senior School, and detailed discussions take place to ensure their smooth transition to life in the Senior School.

Links with Girls' Schools

Merchiston also benefits from its strong links with girls' schools for drama performances, cultural events and social gatherings.


A visit is the best way to get a feel of the unique ethos and junior education we offer. We would be delighted to show you around and introduce you to our staff and boys. Contact our Admissions Department at admissions@merchiston.co.uk for more information and to arrange a visit. A Warm Welcome Awaits!