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Why Senior School?
Merchiston is the only boys' independent boarding
school in Scotland. As such we stand out - we are
unique in Scotland - and can never be accused of 'going with the
flow' (and we have no intention of changing to become a
The Governors, Headmaster and all staff at Merchiston
are united in one goal: to offer the best possible all-round
education for all boys who attend the School. In doing this we are
focused on a fundamental belief - a belief that boys thrive and
learn better in a boys only environment. Our belief in (and
passion for) this principle is supported by a growing body of
academic research, but also by the consistency and quality of the
School's results over the last ten years.
At Merchiston, our boys have the freedom and security to develop
and learn without the added competition from girls (who will often
be academically more able at the same age) - and they will also
benefit from teachers who are experts in understanding, mentoring
and teaching boys, as that is all they do. In many cases they have
been teaching boys for over ten years.
Thus, our mantra is "Boys first". Everything -
from the classroom to the sports field, from the boarding house to
the structure of the school day and our facilities - is 100%
focused on doing what's best for the boys.
Our Senior School, where the boys start very much as 'boys' at
13, and mature into young men taking their GCSE examinations at 16,
and then move on to Sixth Form for their A levels, lies at the
heart of our mission. This is where our ability to temper the
exuberance of young teenagers is matched with our understanding of
how to motivate them and our skill in helping them discover their
talents. It is where we help them to play hard and work hard, and
ultimately where we prepare them for the first major
academic challenge in their lives, their GCSEs.
University places take into account the quality of the GCSE
results, and so we leave no stone unturned in getting the C student
to a B, the B student to an A, and the A student to an A*.
Over the last five years, 97% (or more) of results have
been A*, A, B or C.
Academic results across all
subjects have been excellent over the last ten
On this benchmark alone, prospective parents can see some of the
benefits of Merchiston. There is, of course, so much more to the
School than academic results, as can be seen from the rest of this
site. An education is not complete without
cultural, sporting, and other opportunities - however, we know
that the heart of our mission is to deliver the academic education
If you would like to see more information on Merchiston's
results, please visit the Academic Results page.
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