Working at Merchiston Castle School

Merchiston Castle School is one of Scotland’s leading independent boarding schools, renowned for its excellent academic standards and pastoral care.  With an ethos based on traditional values, Merchiston Castle School encourages self-reliance and independence, as well as respect and tolerance of others.

The School has an enviable geographical position, located four miles outside of Edinburgh city centre, but retaining a rural feel with the Pentland Hills as a backdrop and surrounded by woods and playing fields. The School is situated close to the City Bypass and only a fifteen minute drive from Edinburgh International Airport.

There are currently around 200 members of staff comprising of Academic, Admin and Support, both full time and part time.

General Information

Merchiston sets out the policies and procedures for all employees in its staff handbook.  All successful applicants will be provided with access to this handbook and part of their induction will focus on these policies and procedures. Applicants should note that offers of employment are subject to:

  • Membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme

Successful candidates are required to apply for and obtain a satisfactory Scheme Record from the PVG scheme.  The School will pay the requisite fee.

  • Satisfactory Employment References

Applicants are required to provide details of 2 referees – one being your current or previous line manager. References will not be accepted from relatives or referees writing solely in the capacity of friends. References may be taken up prior to interview.  Applicants should advise their referees that contact from the School is a possibility.

  • Right to live and work in the UK

Employers must ensure that any prospective employee is legally entitled to live and work in the UK. Applicants will be required to provide documentary evidence of such eligibility.

  • Education, Qualifications and Registration

For applicants who apply for posts that require specific qualifications and registration, any offer of appointment will be subject to applicants providing evidence of such qualifications and registration. All staff working at Merchiston are expected to abide by the SSSC Codes of practice.  A copy may be downloaded here.

All teaching staff at Merchiston are expected to abide by the GTCS Code of Professionalism and Conduct. A copy may be downloaded here.

Current Vacancies

All of our vacancies are posted on

Teacher of Economics

8 February, 2017

Required for August 2017 Merchiston seeks an appropriately qualified, enthusiastic and committed Teacher of Economics to join our Economics Department in August 2017.  A willingness to be involved in the […]

Basketball coach

8 February, 2017

Required for Lent Term 2017 Please email completed Application Form, Self Declaration Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to If you require any further information, please contact Rory McCann, Director […]

Head of Design & Technology

8 February, 2017

An inspiring, creative and enthusiastic Head of Design & Technology is required to lead the School’s successful Design & Technology Department.  In addition, the successful candidate must be keen to […]

Head of Chemistry

8 February, 2017

We are seeking a dynamic and energetic practitioner to teach Chemistry and lead a thriving department, with Chemistry being one of the most popular Sixth Form subjects.  A willingness to […]

Teacher of Mathematics

14 February, 2016

Required for August 2017 We are looking for an exceptional Teacher of Mathematics, with a commitment to academic excellence and success for every pupil to join a highly motivated, enthusiastic […]