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Chapel Services are inter-denominational, and we regularly invite representatives of the main branches of the Church to speak.

Most Services will have a guest preacher and every effort is made to select speakers who are able to communicate well with young people.

Rev Nicholas Blair has been Chaplain at Merchiston since 2004. He lives on site with his wife Fiona and their 3 children. You can read his LIVEWELL approach to chaplaincy below.



A fundamental principle not often talked about in Schools. Love for oneself, for one’s neighbours, for the natural world. Our assemblies and Chapel services all revolve around this central thought. 


An encouragement to look inside oneself and ask big questions about life, purpose and our attitudes to and interactions with these questions. Also to “see ourselves as others see us”.


Our Chapel Services and assemblies help to promote and explain the School ethos. Our framework is Christian, but we recognise the importance of respecting the views of others, from all faiths and none.


In many directions: of the individual, of the School community, of Faith, and, more broadly, of spirituality. We run Confirmation each year and our voluntary Lent readings are usually accessed by 200+.


Open House on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. These groups are open to all, regardless of faith background with Mondays taking the form of a Bible based discussion. My wife, Fi, and I believe that our home is a gift from God via the School and we wish to share that gift and our hospitality (normally a curry!). This year alone we have had over 500 individual visits to our home.


To promote an understanding of many religions, their history and practice, with a hope that greater knowledge leads to greater respect and understanding, and of making lots of connections to Art, Music, Literature, Politics and History.


Chaplaincy involves lots of tea, coffee, chats and listening. I am available to you, your son and our staff at any time, to listen and to help; in times of celebration and mourning, during term time and holidays.


It begins and ends with Love. My motivation is my belief in God’s love for me and all of creation. I wish to share this with the School community and hope that, with God’s help, it will help all of us to LIVEWELL.

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.