Welcome to the Sixth Form
The Sixth Form takes boys through their A levels and, in most cases, on to university. Most parents find sending their sons to us for this two-year period gives students an opportunity to excel at a crucial period in their lives. In the 'Lower Sixth' boys generally sit their AS level exams, moving on to their A2 level exams in Upper Sixth.
Boarders reside in our Sixth Form House, Laidlaw, opened in 2009. The day boys have their own base at school, Evans House. All boys are given a rich balance of responsibility and freedom. Many will be prefects, and will have duties and responsibilities in helping to run the School. Rather than wearing school uniform, dark suits symbolise their growing independence.
Boys starting with us in Lower Sixth will join a year group of around 80. Some have been here from age 8 or 9, while others joined later. Whilst this group has bonded into a lively community, new boys are always welcomed, and help to enrich life at Merchiston. We welcome boys from all over the world: at the last count we had 24 different nationalities. Indeed our Sixth Form, and the wonderful new Laidlaw House, is proving so popular that there is a strong demand for places.
Some boys find that our Sixth Form gives them that extra impetus and 'edge' to get the A level results they require. For others (from abroad) it may be the opportunity for them to improve their spoken English. And for some it is Merchiston's sporting excellence in rugby, cricket or tennis that is the attraction.
We are proud that over 85% of our boys get into their university of first choice, and why we have an excellent record of sending talented boys to some of the top universities in the world.
If you would like to find out more about our Sixth Form, please just get in touch. We would be delighted to welcome you to our community and give you an insight into the life and unique benefits of a Merchiston Sixth Former.
Alex Anderson, Dean of Sixth Form