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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

Merchiston is excited to launch our Saturday Electives Programme, which offers your son access to an incredible  breadth of learning opportunities, beyond the standard curriculum. We strongly believe in preparing Young Men of Integrity for life and in equipping them with transferrable skills to support them in their next steps. Students are invited to take full-advantage of our courses on offer and to find something which inspires & challenges them. Find out more about our Saturday Electives Programme here

Calum Mechie


Calum Mechie

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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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Sport & Activities

There were so many achievements happening this week in sports and activities, that we had to summarise them here. A big congratulations to all the boys below who were celebrated at our recent whole school assembly.

CityZen challenge team

Congratulations to these VI pupils: Geoff S, Emmanuel C, Sam Y, Adam H, Kit N, Rohan R, Cliff Z and Richard Z who all successfully completed the Institute of Civil Engineers CityZen Challenge.

Image of Sixth Form students at Merchiston Castle School setting up outdoor lunch during an expedition to Costa Rica

An incredible account of the Half Term multi-disciplinary expedition to Costa Rica!