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  • Merchiston Castle School
    294 Colinton Road
    EH13 0PU
  • Head: Jonathan Anderson
  • T 0131 3122201
  • F 01314 416060
  • E [email protected]
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  • An independent school for boys aged from 7 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
  • Pupils: 400; sixth formers: 121
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day: £17,190 - £29,250; Boarding: £28,830 - £40,320 pa
  • Open days: September/October and March
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Traditional – good manners, boys say ma’am when they greet you – but with a modern, international outlook. ‘The Merchiston culture stood out above other schools. Just a polish about the boys, quietly confident and a camaraderie that I really liked,’ a parent reported about their first visit to the school. ‘Merchi’ boys are most commonly tantalised by STEM and sport, we heard – but not all, of course, and because it’s a small school every type of boy is supported to find their niche. The best views of Edinburgh and the Pentland Hills are from the music department, and while we were told that the choir may not…

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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 2018, Jonathan Anderson, previously senior deputy head at Worksop College. Hailing from Northern Ireland, he has a geography degree from Queen’s Belfast and PGCE from Ulster University. Joined Christ’s Hospital as a geography teacher and was promoted to assistant housemaster and housemaster. After nearly 14 years, he moved to Worksop.

Wants to take a gentler, warmer approach to leading the school and has relooked at its vision and values to create a welcoming atmosphere with happiness and self-belief both in sharp focus. This was reiterated by parents: ‘Mr Anderson is so approachable. When walking on the grounds, he stops and has a chat.’ ‘He knows all the parents by Christian names and responds to any enquiries immediately.’ ‘A normal guy,’ was the majority view. No pretensions, down to earth....

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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
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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