Boys entering the School between the ages of 7 and 12 become members of Merchiston Juniors. This is home to all pupils in the Junior 4 and Junior 5 classes, and the First to Third Forms. Pringle, the House to which they belong, is set within a walled garden and the House is supervised by the Head of Merchiston Juniors, who is the Housemaster, resident Tutors, a Housemother, and a team of Prefects chosen, as in the other Houses, from Upper Sixth Form students.
The House has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Boys spend their free time in a variety of welcoming rooms, including games and model-making areas. A spacious kitchen and comfortably-furnished dayrooms provide further focal points for relaxation and, if a boy chooses to board, accommodation is in homely dormitories. There are also ample opportunities to sample boarding, either on a flexible basis or through a step-up boarding package.
Members of Merchiston Juniors lead very busy lives and it is partly for this reason that the boys very quickly and happily settle into the life and routine of the School.