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Weekend Life

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Please don’t be offended if your son loves weekends at Merchiston. It’s hard to resist exciting activities, fun and sport with all your friends.

We appreciate that each family’s circumstances and rhythms are different so we try to be as flexible as possible about going home or seeing parents at weekends. He will be expected to stay in school for designated ‘boarding-in’ weekends, but otherwise, ‘leave-out’, as we call it, is by arrangement with your son’s Housemaster.

Weekends are fairly structured, particularly in the younger years, but just like at home there is plenty of downtime built in for relaxation and recharging for the week ahead too.


Once your son reaches the first year (aged 10) he will have lessons on a Saturday morning. In the younger years he might have a trip into Edinburgh for a hot chocolate and a magazine or enjoy activities in school.

Saturday afternoons will most likely see your son playing sports fixtures, at home or away, which you are very welcome to support.

Evenings usually involve an activity like a pizza and film night, a theatre or cinema trip or a social event with one of our sister schools.


Your son’s Sundays will often start with a lie in and a later brunch, depending on the time of the Sunday service. He can enjoy the many activities laid on, such as House trips into Edinburgh or further afield, and make the most of the sports and house facilities with friends. As he gets older your son might choose to meet up with friends or family in Edinburgh.

Some of the House trips we love

  • Bowling
  • Go-karting
  • Hill walking
  • Watersports
  • Cinema
  • Combat Challenge

I love weekends at Merchiston

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