“In my final year, I was overjoyed to receive an offer to read Medicine at Clare College, Cambridge. I acknowledged that none of what I had achieved would have been possible without the amazing people at Merchiston, who helped and encouraged me…
J TamMerchistonian and Cambridge Graduate
Junior School Day Pupil
The Chemistry Department’s primary role is to stimulate and encourage your son's natural interest in science.
The subject is extremely experimental from the very start: younger pupils quickly gain experience with the techniques and safety aspects involved, while older pupils ‘learn by doing’ with practical work supporting and reinforcing the theory.
Staff are knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic and work hard at establishing a good relationship with the pupils and an effective learning environment.
Public exam results are consistently excellent, thanks to quality teaching and excellent preparation. Both the IGCSE and A-level courses are rigorous and genuinely academic, providing real and useful qualifications for the future.
We are the only Scottish school registered to participate in the Institute for Research in Schools. We are involved in the IRIS Ionic Liquids project, in collaboration with University College, London. Sixth Form pupils are independently working on this, developing study skills crucial for university, designing their own experiments and coordinating with external bodies to discuss their research.
Mr R GreenwoodHead of Chemistry
Approximately 35% of Year 12 students study at least one Science at A Level, compared to the national figure of approximately 10% of boys.”
Dr D Cartwright Teacher of Chemistry