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Modern Languages

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The Department’s main languages are Spanish, Mandarin, French, German and Russian. Other languages may be available by arrangement.

The learning of languages can open up future professional, sporting or life opportunities. The significance of language skills to our economy and public life is consistently upheld by the Russell Group of Universities and the CBI, among others. We hope that Merchiston boys will discover many interconnections with their other subjects and interests as they move forward in their learning and as they improve their communicative skills.

A varied programme of events, activities in school, nearby or abroad aims to support learners in their enjoyment of their language studies. Staff also offer regular clinics for focussed revision, practice or guidance.

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!