Merchiston Castle

Merchiston Castle
Merchiston Castle
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Merchiston Castle School, Colinton, Edinburgh EH13 0PU
EH13 0PU
Scotland
0131 312 2201
Boys
460, Upper sixth 80
£4700-£7570 (Day), £6550-Σ10,220 (Boarding)
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Founded in 1833 in the centre of Edinburgh, the school moved in 1930 to Colinton House and the ruins of Colinton Castle, 4 miles south-west of the city. It is set in 100 acres of parkland beside the Water of Leith and close to the Pentland Hills. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, purpose-built music and IT centre, a well-equipped library. The school’s ethos is based on traditional values, encouraging self-reliance and independence, as well as respect for and tolerance of others. Pupils are pupils encouraged 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. The English curriculum is taught; academic standards are high and results consistently good. Music is particularly strong, art, design, drama and debating are also popular; there are regular joint plays with its sister school, St George’s. The school has long had a reputation for sporting excellence, including in rugby with over 60 Merchistonians having played at full international level. There is a flourishing CCF, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, overseas expeditions and a wide range of co-curricular activities.

Headmaster: Andrew Hunter, in post from 1998. Educated at Kenton College (Nairobi), Aldenham School, and at Manchester University (English and theology). Previously Housemaster at both Bradfield and Worksop and taught at Westbrook Hay Prep School. Also Chairman of Public Schools Hockey Festival and committee member of Public Schools Lawn Tennis Association. Teaching staff: 58 full time, 10 part time.
GCSE: 63 pupils in the upper fifth, all gaining at least grade C in 5+ subjects (average of 8.5 subjects). A-levels: 71 in the upper sixth, passing an average of 3 subjects, with an average final point score of 342.
99% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (some 40% after a gap year), 7% to Oxbridge and others to US Ivy League universities. 26% take courses in science and mathematics, 32% in arts, 21% in social sciences.
Some 16+ sports including cricket, golf, skiing, curling and sub-aqua. Many international representatives e.g. in rugby, cricket, athletics, golf, target shooting; Scottish honours in tennis, rugby, clay-pigeon shooting; tennis and golf academies both successful. Also CCF (compulsory for 1 year); Duke of Edinburgh Award; community service. Up to 30 clubs, including art, drama, debating, chess, Young Enterprise, literary, history, music, reel. Mathematics and physics challenges and Olympiads.
Sixth formers have ensuite facilities in sixth-form house. Houses, divided by age; each with kitchens for the preparation of snacks etc. Generous exeat arrangements; access to the village and town, dependent upon age.
Merchistonian Club is is run by the President and the development office, c/o the school.
John MacGregor MP; Sir Peter Burt (former Bank of Scotland CEO); John Jeffrey (ex-Scotland XV); Lord Craigavon (first PM of Northern Ireland); Sir James Robertson (former governor-general of Nigeria); Sir Donald Acheson (formerly Government Chief Medical Officer); Lt Gen Sir Alexander Boswell; Roger Baird (consultant vascular surgeon); Sir Eric Campbell Geddes (politician and businessman); Lord (Irvine) Laidlow (businessman).
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