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English at Merchiston is about opening up the very best that has been said or written for every boy.

We achieve excellent results but we do this by sharing, with passion, the stories that people have told to one another throughout history to help them make sense of our world and our place in it. Through this, we give your son the ability to:

  • respond searchingly and personally to what he reads
  • think independently and analytically
  • express himself with clarity and accuracy
  • listen sensitively and critically to the views of others.

We believe that literary study expands our pupils' worlds. We believe that literary study nourishes our pupils’ inner lives and develops their emotional literacy.

A Morning in the English Department

Academic News

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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!

Group of Merchiston Castle School Students enjoy traditional Chinese dinner at local restaurant 

A trip to the cinema to watch 'Creation of the Gods' - completed by a delicious dumpling dinner!

Memorial Hall with families during Merchiston Castle School's Open Morning in September 2023

It was brilliant to welcome so many families for our Open Day last Saturday!