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Hannah Williams Head of Science and Skills Coordinator

I joined Merchiston as a probationer in 2015 and have now been here for six years. Four years go I became Skills Coordinator, responsible for developing, monitoring and tracking skills development throughout the school to prepare boys for life, learning and work.

In 2018, I became Head of Biology in a department of three other Biology teachers and the Biology technician. As well as developing our courses from III Form to UVI, teaching the Edexcel IGCSE and A level Biology B courses, we look after a range of animals in the department from stick insects and giant African snails to corn snakes and a chameleon. We also have an outdoor classroom and a greenhouse that we use for growing our own vegetables, sampling organisms and a space for outside study.

What I love about Merchiston: due to the nature of each staff members role, from teacher to tutor to house tutor and sports coach, you get to know each individual boy very well and in different capacities. The structure in place for each boy and the communication amongst


I help to coach squash at Merchiston and like to play in my own time

I like to keep fit and go to the gym and a Barre class with some of the other staff

I like to find new walks around Edinburgh fo my dog, Charlie.

Inspiring moments

I have taken a group of boys on four ski trips to Europe- seeing them in a new setting and having hot chocolate with them up in the mountains and seeing different year groups interacting and connecting in a shared interest always inspires me.

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