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Address: Merchiston Castle
School, Colinton, Edinburgh EH13 0PU.
details: Telephone: 0131
312 2200 (or, from overseas: +44 131 312 2200). Fax: 0131 441 6060
(or, from overseas: +44 131 441 6060).
History: Merchiston Castle School
was founded by Charles Chalmers as an all-boys boarding school in
1828 in Edinburgh. In 1833 the School moved to Merchiston Castle, a
nearby 15th century tower. In 1930 the School moved to its present
site, and the main buildings and boarding houses were purpose-built
at that time. This gives the School its beautiful location and
about 100 acres of parkland.
Governance: The School is a
registered UK charity; governed by its Board of Governors and run
by the Headmaster and senior teaching staff.
Mission: "To lead young men
in the pursuit of personal excellence through a well-rounded
education. To give each boy in his way the capacity and confidence
to live in an uncertain world, and to make that life as rich as
possible; more specifically, to encourage him to work hard and take
pride in achievement, to think independently, to face up to
challenges, to accept responsibility, to show concern for others
and to develop wider skills and interests."
Headmaster: Andrew Hunter BA.
Bursar: Andrew Clayton B
A , M
Senior staff: Peter Hall (Deputy
Head), James Dixon (Deputy Head - Academic), Alex Anderson (Dean of
Sixth Form), Philip Rossiter (Head of Middle Years), Niamh Waldron
(Head of Merchiston Juniors), Richard Charman (Director of
Boarding: Boys can board from 8 to
18. There are six houses: Pringle, Chalmers West, Chalmers East,
Rogerson, Evans and Laidlaw.
Day boys: All day
boys are based (for study, prep and sports equipment) in the
relevant house for their Form, except in Upper and Lower Sixth,
when they join Evans House.
Housemasters: Mr Nathan Mylin (Pringle), Mr Philip Rossiter
(Chalmers West), Mr Jason Cordingley (Chalmers East), Mr James Boyd
(Rogerson), Dr Ian Mitchell (Evans), Mr Rupert Heathcote (Laidlaw
North), Mrs Chispa Prini-Garcia (Laidlaw South).
School roll: The School currently
has 470 boys from 8 to 18.
School staff: 90 full and
Teacher to pupil
Average class size: Classes vary
from personal tuition for some specialist subject to a maximum of
20. Average size is 15.
School structure: The School is
divided into three parts: Merchiston Juniors (8+ to 13), Middle
Years (13+ to 15+) and the Sixth Form (16+ to 17+).
subjects: All key
subjects are taught: Humanities, Modern Languages, Classics,
Mathematics and Sciences. The School offers Mandarin, Latin and
Ancient Greek. The School also teaches Philosophy and Politics, and
has an excellent record in Design, Technology and ICT subjects.
Examinations: The School follows
the English GCSE and A level system. Boys sit AS Level in Lower
Sixth and A2 level in Upper Sixth. Some boys sit Scottish Standard
Grades and Highers/Advanced Highers where appropriate.
results: 2011 GCSE
pass rate at A*, A, B and C = 98%. 2010 A level pass rate at A*, A,
B and C = 94%. (Full results available on the Academic Results
Universities: Between 83% and 88%
of boys gain entry to their first choice University, mostly in the
UK, but also in the USA and China. Over 50 boys have gone to Oxford
or Cambridge over the last 10 years.
Music: The School runs two choirs,
a jazz band, a chamber orchestra and two pipe bands. Many boys
learn an instrument from the full range of orchestral instruments,
piping or drumming. The School performs regular musical dramas,
concerts, and pupils compete in events.
Sports: The School offers over 20
sports, including: rugby, cricket, football, fives, athletics,
curling, rowing, squash, swimming, tennis, shooting, skiing,
hockey, golf and basketball.
Co-curricular: The School offers a
wide range of co-curricular activities including: music, drama,
Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Combined Cadet Force, Scottish country
dancing, and business and entrepreneurial activities.
Links with girls schools: The
School has links with three girls' schools: St George's School
(Edinburgh), Kilgraston (Perthshire) and Queen Margaret's (York).
Merchiston operates fee schemes with these schools, as well as with
Casterton School, Cumbria.
Fees: Termly fees range from
£3,875 for a junior dayboy to £8,585 for a senior boarder.
scholarships: Parents may apply for
means tested awards of up to 100% of the fees if they are unable to
afford the fees. Academic scholarships do not carry fee
Term dates: Autumn - Early
September to mid-December; Lent - Early January until mid-March;
Summer - mid-April to early July.
Admissions enquiries: Director of
Admissions (Mrs Anne Rickard) - Tel: 0131 312 2201 (or, from
overseas +44 131 312 2201).
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