Merchiston Castle School, Key Information for Parents

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Merchiston is an all-boys day and boarding school based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Founded in 1828, it has sat in its current grounds since 1930, and sits in over 100 acres of parkland. The school caters for boys from the age of 7 and has a thriving sixth-form community. It is based on an ethos of pursuing personal excellence through the provision of well-rounded education. The boys are encouraged to make the most of their talents while developing key skills in areas such as commitment, team work, flexibility, clarity of purpose, and integrity.

There are currently around 460 boys on roll, including those in the sixth form and a student to teacher ratio of 1:7. Boys are taught in class sizes that average 15 students. Over 80% of boys leaving the school for University gain access to their first choice, including Universities in the UK, USA and China. The school has had 50 entrants to either Oxford or Cambridge over the past 10 years.

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Pupil Age Range 7 to 18
Boys or Girls Boys
Number of Pupils 450
Day Fees Per Year £14,595 – £23,505
Boarding Fees Per Year £20,280 – £31,650
6th Form Yes
Year Founded 1833
Nearest Airport Edinburgh Airport
Religious Ethos None

The school’s campus gives easy access to Edinburgh and is just 15 minutes from the nearest international airport, giving access to London and Europe, in little over an hour.

Merchiston offers students an English based curriculum covering all core subjects. They also have access to Scottish qualifications where these are deemed appropriate. All students have access to teaching and learning of key ICT skills, foreign languages and communication, verbal and written, skills. Teaching is done by ability and the students are placed in ability sets for lessons. This policy is currently under review.

At GCSE all students study English, mathematics and the sciences. They also study at least one foreign language and two to three other subjects of choice. These can include humanities based subjects, creative arts, physical education or computing. Students have great choice at A ‘Level to follow their own academic interests and skills.

School Notices – 2017-2018 Open Events For Parents

For all open events from Merchiston visit:

Information Morning – Saturday 3 February 2018.


Tennis Academy Taster Workshop – Saturday 3 February 2018.


Merchiston Journey (Information Evening) – Saturday 3 February 2018.


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Grounds and Facilities

Merchiston is situated in a neo-classical building and surrounded by 100 acres of parkland. The school grounds also contain a range of newer buildings that house the library, music and IT departments and the Pringle Teaching Centre. The grounds also contain squash courts, 2G floodlit AstroTurf, an athletics arena, sports hall, football pitch, playing fields and a shooting range. The campus also contains its own swimming pool and the remains of a ruined castle. As well as providing a calm and welcoming environment for the students the facilities at the school are hired out for everything from weddings and conferences to film shoots. The team at the school also provide accommodation and support with planning, catering and decorating for the events that take place on the school grounds.

Extra-curricular Activities

Target Shooting
Jazz Band
Chamber Orchestra
Pipe Band
Entrepreneur/Business Clubs
Combined Cadet Force
Scottish Country Dancing
Duke of Edinburgh
Local/International Charity Links

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More information on Scholarships & Bursaries

Merchiston offers a range of support options to families wishing to attend the school. There is a 5% discount for the second son attending, and 20% for third son; these apply when the brothers are attending at the same time. Sons of those actively serving in the Armed Forces receive a 10%, as do boys whose sisters attend one of Merchiston’s sister schools.

Means tested financial support is also available. This can cover up to 100% of day or boarding fees and is based on a completed Statement of Financial Circumstances; more information about this can be downloaded from the school’s Fees page on the website. The school also aids parents in applying for external financial support, such as the Joint Educational Trust. In addition, the school offers a range of scholarships and awards. The nature of these depends on the year of entry to the school, but all last for the entirety of the student’s time at the school as long as conduct and performance remain positive. The main areas that carry awards are music, sport, art and design, design technology, and general all round performance. More information and an application form is available on the school’s scholarship page.

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