EXAM RESULTS

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Our exam results show both the consistency and excellence of an education at Merchiston, which place us annually at the top of the league tables of Scottish schools.

The Examination results 2016 may be downloaded here.

GCSE and A level results 2011-2016

GCSE 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
% Pass (A*-C) 98 97 95  96 98 97
% A* grades 28 38 29  22 35  28
% A grades 31 27 31  35 35  30
% A*, A & B grades 89 90 86  82 89  86
A level 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
% Pass (A-E) 100 100 100 99  100 99
% A* grades 24 21 19 18 12 13
% A grades 39 35 33 36 28 30
% A*/A/B grades 84 81 81 81 76 77
% A*/A/B/C grades 95 96 94 96 91 94

You may have heard that some schools’ results are skewed by statistical quirks. In reviewing Merchiston’s track record above, it is worth noting a few key facts.

  • Merchiston is a mixed-ability school. Entrance to the School is not 100% based on academic ability, and thus it is not a ‘hot-house’ for very bright boys.
  • Merchiston does not pre-select a small cohort to take the key GCSE and A level exams. Some schools do this, only selecting the most able students.
  • Merchiston is a boys only environment. Most schools are co-educational. Girls perform better in exams – UK statistics show this. However, as the results show, our boys hold their own and often excel.