Merchiston Castle School
294 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0PU
0131 312 2200
Boys' Boarding & Day
|Headmaster||Mr Jonathan Anderson|
|Date Appointed||August 2018|
|Boys Age Range||7-18 years|
|Number of pupils||400|
|Number of boarders||260|
|Day fees per annum||£15,330 - £26,040|
|Boarding fees per annum||£22,080 - £35,880|
|Associations||HMC, SofH, BSA, IBSC, SCIS|
Building Strong Foundations from Age 7
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.
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 housemother 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.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
A range of scholarships are available at ages 10+. A financial concession is not automatically applied to a Scholarship but, where parents wish, they may apply for means-tested financial assistance.
The Junior School at Merchiston is very special, which is perhaps something of a hidden gem. To arrange a visit, please contact Mrs Kay Wilson, Director of Admissions, on +44 (0)131 312 2201