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How to Apply
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.
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.
|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)|
Whether your son is a boarder or a day pupil, the admissions process will broadly follow these steps:
|Browse Information: website & prospectus|
|Open mornings/evenings||Group taster events||Drinks receptions|
(Meet key staff & experience Merchiston life)
|Arrange a personal tour||Arrange a taster visit||Arrange a call to speak with current parents|
|Fill in a registration form|
|In the Year Prior to Starting|
|Sit entrance exams|
|Merchiston requests report from current school|
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.