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We understand that school fees involve real sacrifice for many families. That is why we strive constantly to offer excellent value for money.

School fees include all tuition, meals and snacks, travel for School matches and careers counselling. If you are a boarder they also include 24-hour supervision and care and all laundry, excluding dry-cleaning. 

Fees Summary 2019-20

  Age(s) of Pupil Boarding Fee per Term Day Fee per Term
IV Form and above 13 – 18 £11,730 £8,510
II and III Form 11 – 12 £8,390 £5,660
J4 to I Form 7 – 10 £7,220 £5,010

View the Merchiston School Structure.

There is a premium for direct entry into the VI Form, equivalent to 5% of the Senior School Boarding fee for each of the two VI Form years.

Sports Academies In addition to School Fees
Tennis Academy Elite Squad £1,395 per annum
Tennis Academy Development Squad £660 per annum
Golf Academy Elite Squad £2,430 per annum
Golf Academy Development Squad £1,320 per annum
Occasional Boarding £51.50 per night
English as an Additional Language £190 per term

Extra Items

Once your son has started, his school fee account may also include charges for ‘Extra Items’. Most charges for ‘Extra Items’ are added to fee notes in the term following the activity for which the charge is raised.

Fee Reductions

You may qualify for a discount:

  • if you are a serving member of HM Forces or a member of the clergy (10%)
  • if you have more than one son attending Merchiston at the same time (5% for your second son and 20% for your third son)
  • if you have a daughter at one of our ‘sister’ schools: St George’s School for Girls, Edinburgh and Kilgraston School, Perthshire (5% for your second child and 20% for your third child)

Financial Assistance

Merchiston offers financial assistance by means of a Bursary Fund designed to enable your son to have access to a Merchiston education, irrespective of his financial circumstances. More information about support with fees can be found here.

Option 1 Option 2

Cheque / Bank Transfer

Termly, due on or before the 1st day of new term

Direct Debit

Spread over 12 months, taken on the 28th of each month

Term Fees Issued
Autumn Term July
Spring Term December
Summer Term March

The first term’s fees will be payable by the first day of term, and an invoice is sent out in June or July. Unless agreed otherwise by the School, fees are payable termly and must be paid by the first day of term. There are 3 terms in each year. Other arrangements for fee payment may be available on application to the Assistant Bursar (Finance), Mrs Caroline McIntosh.

If, after your son joins the School, fees are outstanding, the School reserves the right to refuse to allow him to continue attending the School (or may withhold references) whilst fees remain unpaid. The School reserves the right to charge interest on sums which are outstanding.

It is a requirement of entry to Merchiston that your financial obligations to other schools must be fulfilled before your son can join Merchiston.

Culture – Merchiston breeds well mannered, considerate yet determined young gentlemen that stand out in terms of attitude and behavior from other equally priced and storied schools. There is a great story from a shop in town, near another private school, when a Merchiston boy in casual clothes held open the door for an old lady and she said “Thank you - I guess you are from Merchiston then”.

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