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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.

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 advise the Admissions Team and they will help you arrange a meeting with the Director of Tennis or the Director of Golf.

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 (Day boys: Rogerson)
S2 (Scotland) Age 13 Year 9 (England)
Shell - Chalmers (Day boys: Rogerson)
S3 (Scotland) Age 14 Year 10 (England)
Fifth Form - Chalmers (Day boys: Rogerson)
S4 (Scotland) Age 15 Year 11 (England)
Sixth Form (Senior School)
Lower Sixth Form - Laidlaw 
S5 (Scotland) Age 16 Year 12 (England)
Upper Sixth Form - Laidlaw
S6 (Scotland) Age 17 Year 13 (England)

School News

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One of our recent leavers, Lincoln P has been offered the the 12 months Confucius institute scholarship to study at Fudan University in Shanghai after the summer. Given that competition for this scholarship is always very fierce, we are thrilled that his dedication to learning Mandarin has paid off.

Leavers Ball group on steps

We bid a fond farewell to our leavers of 2024 with our Leavers Ball and Graduation ceremony. Our Leavers Ball was held at the beautiful Prestonfield House where pupils, parents and staff enjoyed an evening of food, dancing and celebrating their time at Merchiston.

Golf academy players at Swanston Golf Course

We were delighted to see that the Merchiston Golf Academy continues to enjoy great standings in the Independent Schools Golf Assocation (ISGA) rankings.

Prizegiving headmaster

As another busy academic year comes to a close, we came together in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 22nd June, to celebrate the successes of the past year at our Senior Prizegiving & Commemoration

Junior Golf - National Open Champions

This week the Junior Golf Academy won the ISGA National Junior Open at Drayton Park, Oxford. Sixteen teams were competing and the team made up of Harry M, Santiago H, Jack D and Ollie S came out on top.