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Director of Admissions: Kay Wilson

Telephone: +44 (0) 131 312 2201/4


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    This is the time in your son’s life for exploring and discovering new talents. He might not be good at everything, but he won’t know until he tries.

    When he first joins, we will encourage him to explore as many co-curricular options as possible and gain as much from the experiences as he can. The lessons and skills learned outside the classroom are just as valuable, and highly transferable. When he finds the activities that he really enjoys, we will help him become excellent at them. After all, this could be the start of a lifetime passion or career path. If your son is someone who finds it hard to narrow it down, we will keep a watchful eye to make sure he is managing to balance everything.

    He might be a rising sports star,  an actor, an accomplished canoeist or a concert pianist. We will help him find out. Our most popular activity is sport related. Rugby is the sport which has the greatest number of pupils involved, but music comes a close second with 113 boys attending our Choral Society.

    Co-curricular News

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    Student v Merchistonian Shooting Competition

    On the morning of Sunday 15 May, 8 students travelled up to Cluny clays in Fife to shoot a clays match against the Merchistonians. During the afternoon the Merchiston small-bore shooting team welcomed the Merchistonians in the Miller Range to compete in the annual competition.

    Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

    Today we were lucky enough to welcome A.F. Steadman, the author of 'Skandar and the Unicorn Thief', to Merchiston for a magical Monday morning.

    Sakura Cherry Trees Project  Dedication Ceremony

    Today we held a dedication ceremony to mark the donation of three ornamental cherry trees by the Sakura Cherry Trees Project. We were delighted to welcome Mr Tadashi Fujiwara, Japanese Consul General.

    Vivian French Visit

    This morning we were delighted to welcome best-selling author Vivian French to Merchiston, to speak to our J4 and J5s and special guests from Colinton Primary School and St Mark's RC Primary School.

    The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Art Competition

    Merchiston Castle School is going to have its very own Platinum Jubilee mug! All of our students are being encouraged to enter a Platinum Jubilee design that will be put on to a mug which will be sold to teachers, families and friends.

    Clay Pigeon Shooting: Father v Son Match

    On a rather chilly April day, 18 father-son pairings made their way to Bisley at Braidwood - a superb venue for clay pigeon shooting in the Borders within sight of the striking Eildon Hills.

    Junior Superstar Baker

    Each week, Xander inspires a future generation of bakers by cooking up a storm and producing a loaf in the Pringle House kitchen.


    Before the Easter Holiday, a Merchiston Design and Technology team visited Machrihanish Spaceport to compete in the Regional Finals of the European Space Agency’s CanSat competition.

    A Christmas Carolling Journey

    It was wonderful to welcome our community to the School for an outdoor carol concert, the 'Merchiston Carolling Journey' this weekend.

    Pringle Welcomes Special Guests

    Sergeant Quentin Russell came to Pringle on Tuesday to show J4,J5, I, II and III Forms his special police dogs from the dog handling unit in Edinburgh.