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Why Sixth Form?
For any parent or boy thinking about changing schools at the age
of 16 or 17, there will be a big question as to whether it is the
right thing to do. The risks, of adapting to a new environment so
close to A levels or Highers, or of meeting new people and
teachers, can often appear to outweigh any perceived benefits.
The only way to really make your mind up is to
come and visit us.
In our Sixth Form boarding house, Laidlaw, every boy has
his own room, en-suite shower, internet access and study area. See
all the activities experiences on offer, and above all meet the
boys, teachers, and the Merchiston community.
Form boarding house, Laidlaw.
Our academic results show that Merchiston boys excel in the
crucial A Level exams, which determine a boy's options for
University and further education. Over the last five
years our pass rate at A*, A, B and C at A level has always been
between 93% and 95%. In 2010 we had the best A*/A results of
any school in Scotland. Over 85% of boys are accepted at their
first choice of University.
For all boys Sixth Form is a culmination of their school days.
It should be a time when they enjoy additional freedoms, are being
prepared for the challenges of University, have fun - but also work
hard and leave having achieved what they desired. At Merchiston we
work hard to deliver a special experience for our boys in both
Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth.
Sixth Form boys enjoy greater freedoms;
but this is matched by greater responsibility and duties to help in
the running of the School.
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