Merchiston is pleased to be awarded The Top Scottish Independent School by A Levels, 2017, by Education Advisors Ltd.
We are delighted with the 2016/17 academic results:
- 47% of pupils achieved A*/A grades at A Level.
- 82% of pupils gained places at their first or second choice university.
- 64% of pupils went to UK Russell Group Universities, Bath, St Andrews and leading
- 92% A*/A/B pass rate in Further Mathematics at A Level.
- 14% of pupils gained places at a top 10 World University, QS World University Rankings.
- 62% of pupils achieved A*/A grades at GCSE.
- 18 pupils achieved 9 or more A*/A GCSE grades.
Well done to all the staff and pupils for their hard work and determination to make the above results possible and thank you to Education Advisors Ltd for acknowledging these results. Now, we are all working extremely hard to live up to the fantastic efforts of last year’s cohort. Good luck to all pupils sitting exams in the upcoming months.
“It was a delight to accept this award on behalf of Merchiston. I salute all the pupils and the staff who made receiving this award a possibility. It is very simple. It is all about the primacy of learning and teaching happening every day in the classroom and the academic work that is at the heart of the total curriculum. Although every pupil who comes to Merchiston sits an entrance test, this does not mean that we are an ultra-selective school. Entrance tests depend on how high one sets the hurdle! However, I cannot stress enough how important it is to us that our aim that our pupils achieve the highest possible academic standards, is clearly not just an aspiration but a reality. For us, it is all about outperforming outperformance.
It is my responsibility to try to ensure that every member of staff understands the importance of ‘switching on the light bulbs’ inside the head of every pupil at Merchiston, and, of course, in time the pupils respond to ‘find that little bit extra’ and that ‘cutting edge’. As I frequently say, we are endeavouring to find that ‘hidden nugget’ of ability in each young person.
I applaud what these guides and mentors do, in and out of the classroom, with the pupils of Merchiston. This award is for the staff and pupils of Merchiston.”
Andrew Hunter, Headmaster