Merchiston Castle Boys Senior school-Top Scottish School for A-levels in 2011 and 2012.

Type of school:Boys Senior school

 Age Range:7-18

 Number of pupils:470

 Number of boarders:330

 Fees per term: Boarding:£5,865–£9,155 

Merchiston is set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland, four miles from the centre of Edinburgh and just 20 minutes from Edinburgh’s international airport, which has over 100 direct routes.


The School’s goal is to help every boy reach his full potential and leave Merchiston ready for the world. Merchiston has strong and effective approaches to develop each boy’s personal achievement and boasts an impressive record of helping boys excel far beyond their expected results at GCSE and A-level. Merchiston was named the Top Scottish School for A-levels in 2011 and 2012.
There is a long and successful tradition of sport at Merchiston, with equal emphasis on recreation and excellence. The School is currently represented at national and international level in many sports including athletics, cricket and rugby.

The School welcomes applications from all over Scotland, the UK and overseas – both for boarders and day pupils. Boys can apply to enter the School at any age between 7 and 16Main entry ages are at ages 7 to 14, and at 16+ for the Sixth Form.

New international students join the School each year. Currently the School is especially popular with boys from Germany, Hong Kong, China, Russia and Mexico, some of whom choose to go directly into the Sixth Form.

In any academic year, between 17% and 19% of our pupils will be international students. They bring with them a diverse range of cultures, which greatly enhances the overall culture of the School.


Merchiston is ideally located for international students:

  • Set in the heart of one of Europe’s most thriving capital cities, Edinburgh.
  • Co-curricular activities ensure benefit from all the cultural, social and sporting opportunities found in Edinburgh and in the Scottish countryside.
  • Easy access to Edinburgh International Airport and the railway station and an increasing number of direct flights to overseas destinations.
  • Excellent knowledge of school curriculums and educational requirements from a variety of countries.
  • Availability of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Support for Learning, and special dietary requirements.


All international students have to fulfil the School’s requirements in English: Sixth Form candidates are required to show that they possess a level of English appropriate to the subjects they wish to pursue, and will be tested in areas drawn from those subjects.


Most students also sit a Mathematics paper, and Sixth Form entrants will sit papers relevant to the subjects they wish to take at A level. These may be sat at any time during the year. Papers may be taken at Merchiston, or sent to a boy’s current school (or to a recruitment agency or British Council office) for administration. The papers are returned to Merchiston for marking. Each candidate is considered on his individual results. We also take up a report from a pupil’s current school.

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