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Our excellent exam results and the destinations of our leavers speak for themselves. How it happens is much more important, for that is at the very heart of our success.

We will get to know your son: his strengths, and areas for development; his interests, and what motivates him; how best to support him through challenges. We will talk to him, encourage and stretch him. We will identify opportunities and discuss options. Together we will make, and refine, plans until we get it right. Our structure really helps: one individual might teach your son a subject, chat with him in the house and coach him on the pitch. That knowledge of your son in the round really helps us to support him academically and to ensure he is equipped to succeed to the very best of his ability, to achieve his personal excellence.

Stage Description
Juniors, Year 4-8 (P4-S1)
  • Ages 7 - 12
Fourth Form, Year 9 (S2)
  • Ages 13-14
  • Pre-GCSE Year
Shell and Fifth Form, Year 10 & 11 (S3 & S4)
  • Ages 14-16
  • GCSE years
Sixth Form, Year 12 & 13 (S5 & S6)
  • Ages 16-18
  • A Level
  • Select Scottish Highers available


Fraser Newham

Academic Leadership Team

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Dale Cartwright

Academic Leadership Team

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A school that offers an education tailored  to each and every individual pupil, as we say to our pupils ‘a school with an education made for YOU.

We are enormously proud of our son and all that he has achieved – and been given the chance to achieve – whilst at Merchiston. His time here has been the making of him and we feel he could not have been better prepared for the next stage of his journey

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Academic News

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Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

Today we were lucky enough to welcome A.F. Steadman, the author of 'Skandar and the Unicorn Thief', to Merchiston for a magical Monday morning.

Geography Pentlands Fieldtrip

On 28 April all IGCSE Geography pupils visited the Pentland Hills where the source of the Lyne Water is located. This was in order to undertake fieldwork for their coursework which involves measuring many river variables. Shell students Teiyoon K and Adrian W tell us more...

Vivian French Visit

This morning we were delighted to welcome best-selling author Vivian French to Merchiston, to speak to our J4 and J5s and special guests from Colinton Primary School and St Mark's RC Primary School.

Welcome Back

Merchiston welcomes back its students after the Easter break, with a Summer Term of exciting opportunities ahead of us.