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  • Merchiston Castle School
    294 Colinton Road
    EH13 0PU
  • Head: Mr Andrew R Hunter
  • T 01313 122201
  • F 01314 416060
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  • An independent school for boys aged from 7 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
  • Pupils: 585; 297 full boarders. ; sixth formers: 151
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £14,595 - £23,505; Boarding £20,280 - £31,650 pa
  • Open days: Information morning - Saturday 3 February 2018. Merchiston Information Evening - Thursday 8 March
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Recent investments include the new 2G flood-lit AstroTurf, opened in September 2016; Laidlaw House, senior boarding house, which has 126 en-suite bedrooms, numerous kitchen facilities and gym; [updates]Mount Olympus - a suite of classrooms for classics, economics and geography, and the Masterchef kitchen, in which senior pupils complete a practical course and gain knowledge of nutrition, food hygiene and healthy eating. Pringle House can sleep max 46 boys at any one time. Enclosed in its own private (secret) garden; boys can climb the one tree as far as the white mark and do all the things that little boys like doing without being made to feel silly. Book-inspired day room, plus obligatory television and rather complicated game of Diplomacy up on the wall...

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What the school says...

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.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


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 the glamorous Barbara, who teaches art and design. Three grown up children. Keen on the arts, theatre, wine tasting.

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
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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