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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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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!