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We would love to talk to you about your son and, more importantly, talk with him to work out what makes him tick, discuss where he wants to go next and make sure he has the toolkit to get there. We offer many opportunities for you and your son to visit us throughout the year.

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Just as every child is different, so no two families follow exactly the same path through the admissions process.

The process is purposefully flexible to give you what you need from it. Some families visit on several occasions over a period of years, others start and complete the process in a matter of weeks.

The main entry points are at age 7, 14 and 16, but you can apply for a place for your son to enter Merchiston at any point between the ages of 7 and 18, providing we have a place.

The Merchiston Journey

We know it’s complicated! This is designed to help you orientate yourself through the nomenclature of year groups and ages. Prefects, age 17-18 are also in all houses.

Junior Years
J4 - Pringle
Primary 4 (Scotland) Age 7 + 8 Year 4 (England)
J5 - Pringle
Primary 5 (Scotland) Age 9 Year 5 (England)
First Form - Pringle
Primary 6 (Scotland) Age 10 Year 6 (England)
Second Form - Pringle
Primary 7 (Scotland) Age 11 Year 7 (England)
Third Form - Pringle
S1 (Scotland) Age 12 Year 8 (England)
Middle Years (Senior School)
Fourth Form - Chalmers West
S2 (Scotland) Age 13 Year 9 (England)
Shell - Chalmers East
S3 (Scotland) Age 14 Year 10 (England)
Fifth Form - Rogerson
S4 (Scotland) Age 15 Year 11 (England)
Sixth Form (Senior School)
Lower Sixth Form - Laidlaw (Boarding), Evans (Day)
S5 (Scotland) Age 16 Year 12 (England)
Upper Sixth Form - Laidlaw (Boarding), Evans (Dday)
S6 (Scotland) Age 17 Year 13 (England)

Admissions Process

Whether your son is a boarder or a day pupil, the admissions process will broadly follow these steps:

Starting Out
Browse Information: website & prospectus
Attending Events
Open mornings/evenings Group taster events Drinks receptions
Personal Visits
(Meet key staff & experience Merchiston life)
Arrange a personal tour Arrange a taster visit Arrange a call to speak with current parents
Decision Made
Fill in a registration form
In the Year Prior to Starting
Sit entrance exams
Merchiston requests report from current school
Offer made

Tennis & Golf Academy

If your son is interested in joining these specialist programmes, please call the Admissions team on (00) +44  131 312 2201 as the process is slightly different.

School News

Junior Christmas Fair

Hot chocolate, mince pies and Christmas fair games could all be found in The Secret Garden. 

Classical Civilisation Trip

A whirlwind trip to visit The British Museum as part of GCSE Classical Civilisation studies.