Address: Merchiston Castle School, Colinton, Edinburgh EH13 0PU.
Contact details: Telephone: +44 (0)131 312 2200. Fax: +44 (0)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.
Mission: “To lead young people 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: Mr Jonathan Anderson
Bursar: Mrs Pippa Axon
Senior staff: Alan Johnston (Senior Deputy Head), Kerri Fox (Deputy Head Pupil Support), Stephen Campbell (Deputy Head Academic), Richard Charman (Deputy Head Co-curriculum), Irene Stewart (Assistant Head Pupil Support), Freddie Main (Assistant Head Pupil Support), Niamh Waldron (Head of Merchiston Juniors).
Housemasters: Ms Niamh Waldron (Pringle), Mr William Ogilvie-Jones (Chalmers West), Mr Niall Lear (Chalmers East), Mr Philip Rossiter (Rogerson), Mr Richard McCorkell (Evans), Mr Nick Lieberman (Laidlaw South), Mr Danny Rowlands (Laidlaw North).
School roll: The School currently has 450 boys from 7 to 18.
School staff: 90 full and part-time staff.
Teacher to pupil ratio: 1:7
Music: The School runs three 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.
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 these girls’ schools: St George’s School (Edinburgh) and Kilgraston (Perthshire).
Admissions enquiries: Director of Admissions (Mrs Kay Wilson) Tel: +44 (0)131 312 2201. Email email@example.com