Best Scottish Boarding School by A Level
"…these brainboxes snagged one of Scotland’s highest percentages of A*-B grades at A Level."
Tatler School Guide 2018
"A balanced curriculum, excellent pastoral care and a high A level pass rate make Merchiston one of the UK’s leading independent schools."
In every respect – academic, sporting and pastoral – the School has exceeded our expectations.
Scotland’s education system offers outstanding quality and choice across both the independent and state sector. Many schools can boast about their exceptional academic reputations, extensive sporting programmes, welcoming atmospheres and stunning facilities, and, indeed, we can do that as well.
“When a youngster feels a sense of belonging and feels known, then that youngster has wings and can soar. In the development of that “confidence thing”, what underpins everything that we are doing at Merchiston is trying to find that hidden nugget of ability and to develop those hidden nuggets of ability. I am convinced that that “confidence thing” is a very, very important human feeling. This, again, is at the core of Merchiston’s ethos, and is something that we work on with every pupil on a daily basis.”
www.ukboardingschools.com – 2017
What makes us different, however, is that we are a boys-only school, and we believe that; by doing what is best for the boys, our pupils are engaged and encouraged to achieve their personal best in all areas.
We believe that boys learn differently from girls; and every aspect of the education we offer is tailored around this simple fact.
With every boy’s Merchiston journey, we believe that the best direction we can provide is to care for the boys, to inspire them and, again, to try always to keep the mantra ‘Boys First’.
“We want pupils to grow up strong and independent; we want them to care about truth and trust and be happy, responsible members of a School which respects and develops their individual gifts.” Housemaster.
|✔||3 As at A Level is 144 UCAS points. Merchiston’s average is 141 points. A bespoke curriculum delivering outstanding outcomes for our pupils.|
|100%||overall pass rate at A Level.|
|50%||of grades achieved at A Level were at A*/A level.|
|95%||of pupils gained places at their first or second choice university.|
|69%||of pupils went to UK Russell Group Universities, Bath, St Andrews and leading international institutions.|
|✔||SAT support clinics for applicants for American Universities. Students have gained admission to Ivy League Universities, such as Cornell and Brown.|
|66%||of grades achieved at GCSE were A*/A or 9/8/7 level.|
|41%||of grades achieved at GCSE were A* or 9/8 level.|
|32%||of grades achieved in the new GCSE marking system were level 9 (one grade higher than A*).|
|100%||pass rate in many GCSE subjects, including Art, Computer Science, Electronics, English Language, English Literature, French, German, Latin and Spanish.|
|✔||Gradual progression to secondary teaching from Primary 6..|
|✔||Full boarding with a varied weekend activity programme specifically suited to age and stage.|
|✔||Member of the World Leading Schools Association – the only School in Scotland!|
|✔||No.1 UK Junior Ranking Golf School (ISGA, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 & 2017/18).|
|✔||No.2 World Tennis School (ISF, 2017).|
|✔||No.3 UK Tennis School (LTA, 2018).|
|✔||Representation in all of the 2017/18 Scottish National Rugby Teams.|
|67||Merchistonians capped at full international level.|
|✔||Former pupil, Zach Mercer (Bath), included in England Rugby squad for 2018 Six Nations.|
|3||Merchistonians capped for the British and Irish Lions.|
|25||Merchistonians capped at full international level for Scotland in Cricket (one boy while still at school).|
|✔||Winners of the U15 T20 Scottish Schools Cup in 2018. Runners-up in U18 Scottish Schools Cup 2017.|
|✔||Scottish Schools 4 x 400m Relay Championships 2017.|
|✔||A Year 9 Golf Academy pupil achieved fourth place in the 2018 U16 Faldo Series. Championship, held in Dubai. The competition hosts approximately sixty of the world’s leading junior golfers.|
|✔||In 2017/18, 88% of all pupils, from 7-18, represented the School in sport.|
|✔||In 2017/18, there were 75 different teams, of all abilities, playing competitive fixtures across 16 sports: a total of 480 fixtures.|
|A wide range of sports available, such as athletics, cricket and hockey, suitable for boys of all abilities.|