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  • Merchiston Castle School
    294 Colinton Road
    EH13 0PU
  • Head: Mr Andrew R Hunter
  • T 01313 122200
  • F 01314 416060
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  • A mainstream independent school for boys aged from 13 to 18 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
  • Pupils: 460
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £22,710; Boarding £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
  • Linked schools: Merchiston Juniors

What 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...

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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 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 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...

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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
Aspergers Y
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
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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

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