Merchiston is the only boys’ independent boarding school in Scotland, offers the English curriculum, and has a global, outward-looking dimension. We take pride in specializing in the education of boys and preparing them for the world, as we have for over 175 years, developing aspirational, and sensitive, yet gentle-men! Think about a wonderfully caring and nurturing family environment, where they will learn to like learning more.
With an ethos based on traditional values, Merchiston encourages self-reliance and independence, as well as respect for and tolerance of others. Our main objective is to motivate pupils to try their hardest and to strive to achieve the highest levels possible in all areas - firstly academic, then cultural, sporting, leadership, and simply living together as part of a community.
The modern way of life at Merchiston is therefore busy and exacting and we seek to maintain the delicate balance of priorities within and outwith the classroom. However, whilst revelling in the excellence of the sporting, musical and numerous other activities, we continue to emphasize the primacy of academic work, which is at the heart of the total curriculum.
Merchiston really does turn the ‘C student’ into a ‘B student’ and the ‘B student’ into an ‘A student’. Our 2016 results at every level offer clear evidence of the value-added by the School, for which we are in the top 5 per cent of the UK schools.
Merchiston’s exceptional performance at A Level and GCSE over a significant number of years, demonstrates that our boys, as a cohort, are consistently amongst the highest achieving boys in Scotland. Furthermore, nine of our leavers in 2016 are attending top 30 international universities in QS World University Rankings 2016-17, and 50 per cent of students have gained places to Russell Group Universities, such as Bath, Cambridge, Oxford and other top international institutions. A number of students gained admission to USA Ivy League Universities, such as Cornell and Brown.
Merchiston is committed to leading students towards ‘personal excellence’. Currently, our extra-mural initiatives include entry for the Mathematics and Physics Challenges and Olympiads, English Speaking Board examinations, foreign language trips, Arkwright Scholarships (Design and Technology), and many others.
Merchiston is an extremely nurturing School with the highest standards of pastoral care.
We provide a stimulating, challenging, yet supportive and encouraging environment where your son can grow up surrounded by his friends within our unique House structure. There is never a dull moment as we provide a full boarding programme seven days a week. Merchiston is an extremely nurturing School, achieving the top grade ‘Excellent’ in all areas inspected by the Care Inspectorate in 2012 and 2013; in fact, Merchiston is the only boarding school in Scotland to have achieved this!
Merchiston is about relationships and partnerships – between the boys and the staff, and between the School and the home of each pupil.
Merchiston is a School for each and every type of boy, including those who are keen on sport, but also those who are not games players
Merchiston has a long tradition of sporting excellence and we pride ourselves in fostering the pursuit of excellence in a sport-for-all environment. Pupils also benefit from strong links with girls’ schools for drama and musical performances, other cultural events and social gatherings.
Merchiston has two successful specialist sports academies. The Tennis Academy has been the Scottish Schools Tennis Champions for the last 7 out of 9 years* and is ranked number three in the UK in the LTA Team Tennis Schools rankings. Due to the Tennis Academy’s outstanding recent achievements, the team was selected to represent Scotland for the first time at the International Schools Tennis Finals in Doha, where the team achieved sixth place in the world. Merchiston has its own Golf Academy which is ranked number one Junior Golf School.**
The co-curricular programme at Merchiston delivers life skills such as: leadership, teamwork, and mentoring. All boys have the chance to develop a passion for leisure and health, let alone the many opportunities available through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Combined Cadet Force, prefectship, and Koinonia.
Merchiston also benefits from its strong links with girls’ schools for drama, musical performances, and other events.
‘Top Scottish Senior Boarding School 2013’ by best-schools.co.uk.
‘A balanced curriculum, excellent pastoral care and a high A Level pass rate make Merchiston one of the UK’s leading independent schools.’ – UK Boarding Schools
“In every respect – academic, sporting and pastoral – the School has exceeded our expectations, and continues to do so. Above all, it is the Merchiston “end product” that impresses us year after year; the young men who leave the School for university each year are polite, confident gentlemen, whom any parent would be proud to call their son.” - Current Parent