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Our Junior Boarding and day School


The Start of a Passion for Learning

In Merchiston’s Junior Department, we believe we are uniquely placed to give your son the ideal start to his education from 7 years old. 

We believe we have a very special Junior Department – which is perhaps something of a hidden gem. Few primary, prep or junior schools in Scotland have access to the range of facilities and experiences our Juniors do.

A visit is the best way to get a feel of the unique ethos and junior education we offer. We would be delighted to show you around and introduce you to our staff and boys.


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Merchiston Juniors Film


Our Difference

4 Hours

Curriculum PE/swimming per week

6 Hours

sport training sessions per week

6 Hours

Junior / evening activity programmes per week

rugby / cricket fixtures per week

other sports fixtures per week

smooth progression from junior to senior education

We offer a different approach from other schools in that we smooth the progression from Junior to Senior education, which avoids the steep ‘step-up’ boys can experience when moving on from Primary education. We do this by introducing our Juniors to Senior School teachers, teaching methods and resources as they progress.

Some parents also find that starting their sons at Merchiston at 7, 8, 9 or 10 ensures that they avoid the stress and uncertainty around Common Entrance exams – or the decision making process around which senior school they will choose.

Merchiston Juniors also offers parents and boys fantastic added value; the facilities and teaching excellence in science, ICT and technology is significantly enhanced compared to most other junior schools, and the boys enjoy an exceptional range of co-curricular activities and sports.

All you need to know about Boarding

Pringle Teaching Centre

THE Importance oF hard work, integrity and GOOD MANNERS

Teaching for our youngest boys takes place in the Pringle Teaching Centre, adjacent to our Junior boarding house, where small class sizes allow for attention to the individual.

With an expert team of junior staff always on hand  the Centre provides your son with an ideal environment in which to develop and grow whilst preparing for senior education. Your son will quickly learn new skills, participate in many activities and trips, and realise the importance we place on hard work, integrity, and good manners. 

Pringle Teaching centre

Teacher supporting pupil in class

A Day in the Life of the Junior School…