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Combined Cadet Force

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Having held their first parade in 1884, Merchiston is the oldest continuously parading Combined Cadet Force (CCF) in Scotland and is consistently evaluated as one of Scotland’s top 3 CCF schools.

The Merchiston CCF is sponsored by the military with the standards and values enhancing the ethos and aims of Merchiston.

The CCF, which parades every Wednesday afternoon, is a compulsory activity for our Shell year group and voluntary beyond that point. During the first year as a cadet, instruction in basic foot drill, fieldcraft and weapon handling is given with students gaining confidence, self-discipline, personal administration skills and supervisory skills too. In the voluntary years, the skills and drills are taken to a higher level of supervisory, leadership and management skills. Courses in Leadership and Instructional Techniques are made available to the senior cadets.

The cadets’ badge is the original school badge worn in the 1800s. It is worn with pride among our cadets and, on leaving, serves as a memento of time served as a cadet at Merchiston Castle School.

Badge of the Merchiston CCF (Combined Cadet Force)


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.