Merchiston Castle School

Boys boarding and day

We are a Scottish School, offering the English curriculum, with a global outward-looking dimension, based just 15 minutes from an International Airport.

“A balanced curriculum, excellent pastoral care and a high A level pass rate make Merchiston one of the UK’s leading independent schools.”

Outstanding off the field…*

  • 3 As at A Level is 144 UCAS points. Merchiston’s average is 141 points.
  • 50% of grades achieved a A Level were at A*/A level.
  • 95% of pupils gained places at their first or second choice university.
  • SAT support clinics for applicants for American Universities. Students have gained admission to Ivy League Universities, such as Cornell and Brown.
  • 66% of grades achieved at GCSE were A*/A or 9/8/7 level.
  • Full boarding with a varied weekend activity programme specifically suited to age and stage.
  • Member of the World Leading Schools Association – the only School in Scotland! * Academic Results 2017/18 And on the field…
  • No.1 UK Junior Ranking Golf School (ISGA, 2017/18).
  • No.2 World Tennis School (ISF, 2017).
  • Representation in all of the 2017/18 Scottish National Rugby Teams.
  • In 2017/18, 88% of all pupils, from 7-18, represented the School in sport.
  • In 2017/18, there were 75 different teams, of all abilities, playing competitive fixtures across 16 sports: a total of 480 fixtures.
  • A wide range of sports available, such as athletics, cricket and hockey, suitable for boys of all abilities.

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Merchiston Castle School
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HeadMr. Jonathan Anderson
School TypeCombined school for boys
Junior Age7 - 13
Senior Age Range13 - 18
AcademicGCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
Jnr Boarding Fees£6,550.00 per term
Snr Boarding Fees£10,220.00 per term
Sixth Form£10,220.00 per term
Forces Discountmeans tested
Total Students440
Youngest Boarder7
Junior Boarders30
Senior Boarders320
Int'l Students90
Closest Airport 1Edinburgh (5km)
Closest Airport 2Glasgow (50km)
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