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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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Pupils at Merchiston Castle School standing for a minute of silence by the Garden of Remembrance in November 2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us last Sunday for our annual Service of Remembrance.

Young children at the Tennis Dome at Merchiston Castle School during a fundraiser event

Another birthday, another fundraiser! A staggering £1,500+ raised for Mr Millar's birthday fundraiser at the Dome.

variety of different flags from around the world

It is a wrap on this year's International Week! Find out more about what the boys got to experience. 

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Help us fundraise for Men's Health in the month on November!