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Sixth Form Boarding School


In the Sixth Form, your son will be Laidlaw. 

Laidlaw is a modern and exceptionally well furnished boarding house. All rooms are en-suite, there are various common areas including 6 kitchens, an in-house laundry and IT suite. 

Your son will be afforded leadership opportunities in the Sixth Form, culminating in the sought after position of Prefect in the Upper Sixth. Personal and corporate responsibilities are key to success in the Sixth Form and we will encourage your son to grasp every opportunity possible. Regardless of when your son joined Merchiston, the opportunities – academic, sporting, social, – are open to all.

Academic progress will be the most important part of the Sixth Form years and so your son will meet with the Academic Leadership Team before the start of term to allow individual academic programs to be confirmed in time for the start of the new academic year.

The Sixth Form may seem daunting for your son at the outset, but it will also be exciting and full of opportunities. It is important that your son leaves us ready and prepared for life beyond school; if together we achieve this then his time in the Sixth Form will have been a success.


Our Difference


'Laidlaw house' boarding beds


pupils gained places at their first or second choice university

over 220 hours

of prep completed every evening


A dedicated sixth form housemother


lower sixth helpers scheme


sat support clinics for applicants for american universities


a*/A/B pass rate in further mathematics


regular weekend and evening activities tailored to sixth form


representation in all of the 2018/19 Scottish national rugby teams


exclusive via club open 3 evenings a week


a-level pass rate

Our difference

Under the support and supervision of the Housemasters, the Sixth Form offers increased independence and self-reliance, with an aim to develop boys into being young men.  Your son will be encouraged to achieve his very best and to embrace all the opportunities on offer.

Academic Results

Alumni Success Stories