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Calum Mechie Head of English and Assistant Housemaster of Rogerson

I joined Merchiston in August, 2017 from a comprehensive school down south. I was initially attracted by the beauty of the surrounding Pentland Hills, covered in snow when I came for interview in February, and of the vast grounds and well-kept sports pitches.

Today, I spend a lot of my time in the Library, which has an incredible depth and variety of titles and is a beautifully peaceful space to sit and read, relax and get some work done.

My role as teacher, resident member of staff and sports coach means that I get to see pupils in lots of different situations and so to engage with them in different ways. We know each other a lot better than we might do in a different school.

The best thing about the school is its staff: warm, funny, hard-working and really very skilled, across lots of different areas.


I enjoy reading, of course, and listening to music; I have a great collection of books and a small but improving selection of records.

I enjoy sports too: football and cricket mainly, although I have got more into rugby through working here.


My greatest moment came in the Library, reading Of Mice and Men to a GCSE class and pausing for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 seconds at a certain point in the book.

There was the most profound silence I have ever heard – or not heard – while the class absorbed what had happened.

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