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At A Glance
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|Address||Merchiston Castle School, Colinton, Edinburgh EH13 0PU|
|Telephone Number||+44 (0)131 312 2200|
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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.
We aim to ensure that your son:
- Acquires the confidence and leadership skills to succeed in a dynamic and global world, and to strive for the highest standards
- Balances modesty and confidence
- Becomes an enthusiastic and curious learner achieving excellence in all he does
- Develops compassion, respect for others and integrity
- Discovers and embraces all the opportunities on offer to develop his talents
- Enjoys a sense of happiness and fulfilment
- Learns tolerance and responsibility
- Understands the needs of others within and beyond our community
- Mrs Ruth MacLellan (Pringle)
- Mr William Ogilvie-Jones (Chalmers West)
- Mr Bruce Aitchison (Chalmers East)
- Mr David Blair (Rogerson)
- Mr Richard McCorkell (Evans)
- Mr Nick Lieberman (Laidlaw South)
- Mr Danny Rowlands (Laidlaw North)
The School runs three choirs, a jazz band, a chamber orchestra and two pipe bands. Your son can learn an instrument from the full range of orchestral instruments, piping or drumming and rock music instruments. The School performs regular musical dramas, concerts, and pupils compete in events.
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.
Fees Summary 2019-20
|Age(s) of Pupil||Boarding Fee per Term||Day Fee per Term|
|IV Form and above||13 – 18||£11,730||£8,510|
|II and III Form||11 – 12||£8,390||£5,660|
|J4 to I Form||7 – 10||£7,220||£5,010|