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Pastoral care, the School's duty to care for all
boys whilst they are with us, is naturally a key concern for all
parents and a vital priority for the School. One of our key goals
is to ensure we are a safe and happy community, and this depends on
everyone within the community feeling valued and supported.
At Merchiston all boys have a defined
support structure in place to monitor and mentor their well-being
and day-to-day happiness.
Every boy has a
Tutor and specific
Prefects whose role is to safeguard
their welfare when at the School, but often also to understand and
help with any other issues. From J4 to Shell inclusive, there is a
Housemother who also helps look after the boys.
Additionally, the Chaplaincy
Team provides spiritual guidance and counselling;
indeed, many parents find that the intuitive skills of Nick Blair
and Alex Anderson are an additional valuable resource.
The Medical Centre, staffed by
a well-qualified and dedicated team of registered nurses and
doctors, provides excellent care at all times for the boys' health
needs. The School also ensures there are qualified
First Aiders in attendance at home
Implicit in the ethos of the School is the awareness that as
boys enter and pass through puberty, many important and difficult
issues will confront them. A Personal and Social
Education programme appropriate to each year group
is run within the curriculum. The programme is extensive and
wide-ranging: teaching is through PSE classes and RS lessons, as
well as through House seminars and co-curricular talks.
Every member of staff is concerned with the safety and
well-being of each pupil in the School at all times.
The School has a legal requirement to ensure
that all the pupils live in a safe environment. Follow the link for
The School received excellent reports on
its welfare standards by HMIE /
Care Commission - the official
For more information on the benefits of
boarding at Merchiston, please see Why boarding?.
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