Welcome to Merchiston Juniors
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Welcome to this section of the website, which will give an insight in to what Merchiston Juniors has to offer you.
I believe we are uniquely placed to give boys the ideal start to their education from 8 years old. We offer a different approach from other schools in that we smooth the progression from Junior to Senior education, which avoids the steep 'step-up' boys can experience when moving on from Primary education. We do this by introducing our Juniors to Senior School teachers and teaching methods from age 10, and during their two final years with us they are given all the resources and expertise of our Senior School. We 'graduate' the critical development period between 10 and 13, allowing our boys to move up to the Senior School with confidence and added experiences. It's the 'best of both worlds': the advantages of a vibrant Junior School, with the facilities of one of the UK's leading Senior Schools.
Some parents also find that starting their sons at Merchiston at 8,9 or 10 ensures that they avoid the stress and uncertainty around Common Entrance exams - or the decision making process around which senior school they will choose.
Boys at Merchiston Juniors can board or be day-boys. Safe and secluded Pringle House, where the boarders live and all boys are based, is a great way to introduce young boys to the concept of boarding, with taster weekends and step-up boarding options.
Merchiston Juniors also offers parents and boys fantastic added value; the facilities, and teaching excellence in science, ICT and technology is significantly enhanced compared to most other junior schools, and the boys enjoy an exceptional range of co-curricular activities and sports.
We believe we have a very special Junior Department - which is perhaps something of a hidden gem. But the best way to find out more is to visit us. I'd be delighted to show you around and introduce you to our staff and some of the boys.
Niamh Waldron, Head of Merchiston Juniors