Merchiston Castle School A GSG School
- Merchiston Castle School
294 Colinton Road
- Head: Mr Andrew R Hunter
- T 01313 122200
- F 01314 416060
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.merchiston.co.uk
- A mainstream independent school for boys aged from 7 to 18
- Boarding: Yes
- Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
- Pupils: 585
- Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
- Fees: Day £14,100 - 22,710; Boarding £19,650 - £30,600 pa
- Open days: Information mornings (ie a morning in the life of the school): March,September and November
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
What The Good Schools Guide says..
Charismatic head; boys are encouraged to 'try their hardest, make the most of their talents and look after each other'. 'No thoughts of going co-ed,' say head, staff and boys - the latter positively shuddered at the idea. Merchiston boys...
What the school says...
We believe we are Scotland's leading boys school, with a strong emphasis on boarding ethos (70% board). Juniors from 7-13; Seniors from 13-18. Academic excellence, alongside an 'all-round' education including sport, culture and community service.
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What The Good Schools Guide saysCharismatic head; boys are encouraged to 'try their hardest, make the most of their talents and look after each other'. 'No thoughts of going co-ed,' say head, staff and boys - the latter positively shuddered at the idea. Merchiston boys are regularly voted the best...
Since 1998, Mr Andrew Hunter BA PGCE, educated at Aldenham and Manchester University, where he read combined studies: English, theology and biblical studies. Came to Merchiston after eight years at Bradfield, where he ended as housemaster of Army House and, before that, eight years at Worksop, housemaster of Pelham House. Trails of glory on games fields: ex-county hockey, squash and tennis player (school has tennis academy in partnership with Tennis Scotland). An expat, he was brought up on a Kenyan coffee farm and started school at Kenton College, Nairobi. Married to...
Special Education Needs
Merchiston has a Learning Support Department which gives intensive 1:1 and 2:1 tuition, particularly in the Junior School. Prospective pupils go through an in depth assessment so that we can ascertain whether Merchiston would be a suitable school for them. This ensures that we know precisely the level of each pupil. The support thereafter is ongoing and adapted to that pupil's needs. Essentially, we are a mainstream school which can offer to help bright pupils requiring specific Learning Support, but who can independently access the curriculum in the Senior School up to and including GCSE and AS/A2 Level. 09-09
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class||Y|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty|
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment|
|Natspec Specialist Colleges|
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability|
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|PD - Physical Disability|
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty|
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|