Merchiston Castle School

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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.

Ages taught:

7 — 18

School size:

460 boys, 0 girls

School type:



  • Day
  • Flexi Boarding
  • Weekly Boarding
  • Full Boarding


  • English National Curriculum


Kay Wilson

Job title:

Director of Admissions

Accreditations and memberships:

  • Scottish Council of International Schools (SCIS)
  • Independent Schools Council (ISC)
  • HMC Teacher Training
  • Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC)
  • Boarding Schools' Association (BSA)
  • The Independent Schools' Bursars Association (ISBA)
School Website

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Think about a world in which boys can be boys, but where in time, they will grow to become ambitious, aspirational, and sensitive, yet gentle-men! Think about a wonderfully caring and nurturing family environment, where they will learn to like learning more. Then, think about igniting their interest in such diverse things as … cooking … cricket … and chemistry! Merchiston is a school of contrasts: located just five minutes from a village; in a parkland setting, but with views towards and easy access into the wonderful, cosmopolitan capital city that is Edinburgh. Nearly everything boys could imagine by way of co-curricular activity is here on campus, but the School is only a short drive from the nearest beach, ski-slope, sailing school or golf course.

Headmaster's Welcome Film

Senior management

Mr Andrew Hunter - Headmaster

School description

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.


Academic Leadership Team

Term dates

  • 2017/2018
  • 31/08/17 - 14/12/17
  • 08/01/18 - 23/03/18
  • 17/04/18 - 30/06/18

Academic information

Curriculum followed:

  • English National Curriculum

Sports and extra-curricular activities


Sport for all
In 2016-17, there were 73 different teams, of all abilities, playing competitive fixtures across 16 sports: a total of 539 fixtures.

Extra-curricular activities:

The co-curricular programme at Merchiston delivers life skills, such as: leadership, teamwork, and mentoring through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Combined Cadet Force, prefectship, Koinonia and other activities.


Admission process:

Merchiston Castle School welcomes admissions applications from all over Scotland, the UK and overseas – both for boarders and day pupils.

Admission and language criteria:

A good first step if you wish to make an application for your son(s) is to speak to us personally on the numbers below. Our admissions team will be able to help and advise you. Kay Wilson (Director of Admissions): +44 (0)131 312 2201 Heather Aitken (Admissions Assistant): +44 (0)131 312 2204

School Open Days:

04/02/2017; 28/02/2017

Bursaries and scholarships


Parents may apply for means-tested Financial Assistance (up to the value of 100% of the fees).


Scholarships are granted to candidates who can demonstrate above average ability, and bestow honour on the successful candidates.

Fees (Annual)

Junior Day:


Secondary Day:


Sixth form:



Full boarding:


Sixth form boarding:




Kay Wilson

Job title:

Director of Admissions

School news & events


United Kingdom


Colinton Road



Post/Zip Code:

EH13 0PU

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