Think about a world in which boys can be boys, but where in time, they will grow to become ambitious, aspirational, and sensitive, yet gentle-men! Think about a wonderfully caring and nurturing family environment, where they will learn to like learning more. Then, think about igniting their interest in such diverse things as … cooking … cricket … and chemistry!
Merchiston is a school of contrasts: located just five minutes from a village; in a parkland setting, but with views towards and easy access into the wonderful, cosmopolitan capital city that is Edinburgh. Nearly everything boys could imagine by way of co-curricular activity is here on campus, but the School is only a short drive from the nearest beach, ski-slope, sailing school or golf course. We congratulate our leaving pupils on achieving their first class academic performance, but what is also interesting, is that girls from our sister schools say that ‘Merchi’ boys make the best Scottish country dance partners!
We are a Scottish school, offering the English curriculum, but with a global, outward-looking dimension, based just 15 minutes from an International Airport and a 1-hour flight from London, Paris or Amsterdam.
If you want all of this and like us you believe in the mantra of Boys First, please do come and visit us.
Andrew Hunter, Headmaster
Andrew Hunter, affectionately known as 'Headman', took up the position of Headmaster in 1998. After graduating from Manchester University in English and Religious Studies, he taught English at Worksop College, Nottinghamshire and Bradfield College, Berkshire and in both Schools was promoted to Housemaster.
The “Hunter Years” have been a period of considerable change at Merchiston, during which much has been achieved. The School roll has grown from around 350 to its biggest ever roll of 475; the academic, pastoral, cultural and sporting reputation of the School has continued to go from strength to strength and facilities have improved drastically. The Spawforth Library was opened, providing a wonderful facility and oasis of calm for private study; the Pringle Centre was built for the teaching of the increasing number of junior boys; Gibson House Science laboratories were upgraded to an excellent standard; Laidlaw House, the most significant building project since Merchiston’s move to Colinton in 1930, was opened in 2009, providing luxurious accommodation for our Sixth Formers; the former Rogerson East, no longer needed for residential accommodation, was converted into Mount Olympus, giving departmental bases for Classics, Economics and Geography, along with the ‘Masterchef’ cooking facility; and most recently, the magnificent 2G AstroTurf was opened in September 2016, providing an amazing floodlit all-weather sports facility for the boys, and adding further diversity to their sporting programme. The introduction of the Tennis and Golf Academies has also added further opportunities within sport. However, this list merely “scratches the surface”. Andrew and Barbara are very much a husband and wife team, who have led, and continue to lead the developing Merchiston.