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If your son has a special talent, he may wish to be considered for one of our Scholarships.

Scholarships are prestigious, competitive and made for the duration of your son’s school career, subject to his continued progress and good conduct. Because we want to ensure that financial assistance assists the greatest number of parents who require support, your son will not automatically receive a financial concession with his Scholarship. However, you can apply for means-tested assistance to the value of 100% of the fees alongside a Scholarship.


You can apply for an Academic Scholarship at 13+ and 16+. If your son becomes an Academic Scholar we will help him join the ranks of previous scholars gaining excellent exam results and places at top universities, here in the UK or overseas.

All Rounder

To be successful as an All-Rounder, your son will need to demonstrate above average academic performance in his academic tests and select two of the following specialist areas for practical assessment, supported by interview:

  • Art & Design
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Music / Pipe Band
  • Sport

Music/Pipe Band

If your son becomes a Music Scholar he will be expected to make a significant contribution to music and performance at Merchiston. In return, we will provide exceptional teaching, wonderful facilities and plenty of opportunities to perform as a soloist and with others.


To be considered for a Sports’ Scholarship, your son must be entering S2 (Y9) or S5 (Y12) and offer at least two sports for practical assessment, one of which must be one of our three key sports – rugby, cricket and athletics. He will benefit from outstanding coaching and play sport to a very high level.

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I am personally very keen that each individual achieves the very most of which he is capable academically.

Stephen Campbell Deputy Head Academic

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