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History & Politics

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History and Politics are, of course, distinct subjects with their own appeal and importance, but they are also an integral part of the broader curriculum that the school offers.

History and historians are present in collaborations with other departments, in various trips and events, and as an intellectual underpinning for much of the academic activity in the School.

The Department’s ethos is rooted in thoughtful research, sceptical analysis and academic rigour. It promotes a culture of conversation and debate. The Department’s approach is an inclusive one, however, accepting the challenge of giving every Merchiston boy a sense of history and their place in the world. The curriculum has been devised so as to relate the history of Scotland to that of Britain, and to place Britain in a wider international context.

Academic News

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The Headmaster discusses the right to education and gives an update on some of academic and sporting activities around the School.