Your son will start out in a classic primary school style education in the Pringle Centre, with his Form Teacher.
In First Form, (age 10), he will experience a transition to a ‘senior school’ style: specialist teachers are introduced, and all the facilities of the Senior School. This continues in Second and Third Forms, so he will have less of a ‘big jump’ when he moves into the Senior School. This means by the time he would usually be sitting Common Entrance exams and changing schools (at 12+), which is often a major change, he is well prepared and ready for the next stage of his education.
For the first two years (J4 and J5) your son will be taught by a single Form Teacher in the modern Pringle Teaching Centre nearby. This mirrors what is best about primary education. Thereafter (I, II and III Forms) he will start to take lessons in the Senior School and enjoy a balance of learning styles. Crucially he will get a ‘gentle’ introduction to an education in a Senior School but also enjoy all the facilities the main school offers.
By the time he is 12, and in his final year, he is ready to move up to the Senior School – and we find the transition is generally effortless. The boys also are in many respects further advanced than boys from other schools, insofar as they have had the advantages of Senior School teaching. At this point they are joined by an intake of boys from other schools and move up through the Senior School as a cohort of around 70 to 80 boys.
Curriculum content is largely based on the English National Curriculum Key Stages 2 and 3. We are dedicated to helping your son become a: successful learner, effective contributor, responsible citizen and confident individual. In addition, we are committed to integrating Assessment is For Learning, active learning and cross-curricular work into our existing curriculum where appropriate.
We believe that all teachers are teachers of literacy and numeracy. As such, the staff of Merchiston Juniors are committed to developing literacy and numeracy skills in all of our pupils, in the belief that it will support their learning and raise standards across the curriculum.