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Merchiston Castle School

In 2018 a full 38% of A Level students achieved A*/A grades
Address: 294 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh EH13 0PU, United Kingdom
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Description Merchiston Castle School

  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Training programs: GCSE, A-Level (9 levels of KS1-3)
  • Students age: from 7 Up to 13 years
  • Total number of students: 470 people
  • Type of residence: residence (board), full-time form
  • Type of study: separate (boys only).

The prestigious Scottish private school Merchiston Castle School (Murchison Cassle School) follows the ancient British tradition of separate education - from the moment of foundation to this day only young men from 7 to 18 years are trained here. Many students choose accommodation at the hostel, there is also a full-time form of training - the total number of students reaches 470 people. The campus is located in a suburb of Edinburgh, in a calm, quiet and picturesque area: the distance to the capital airport is 7 kilometers, and London can be reached in 4 hours from the nearest railway station.

Merchiston Castle School was founded by the famous mathematician, natural science scholar Charles Chalmers (Charles Chalmers) in 1833. According to the official charter of the school, the main goals of teaching young people are as follows:

  • Spiritual development
  • Leadership development
  • The development of social skills, the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people
  • Physical development: fostering love for sports, achieving excellent personal and team results
  • Academic training
  • The development of love for art, music and drama, the installation of high cultural standards.

Merchiston Castle School has 3 branches: Merchiston Juniors (middle class, pupils from 7 to 13 years old), Middle Years (middle and senior classes, 13 to 16 years) and Sixth Form ( Graduates and preparation for the university, 16-18 years).

Teachers are doing everything possible to instill a stable motivation for children to achieve various goals in all spheres of life: educational and academic, cultural, sports, spiritual. Children are given the widest opportunities for development, while students follow a fairly strict and rich plan and obey a strict discipline, which makes them more collected, persistent, attentive. The main principle of education here is to give every child the opportunity to develop his personal talents and abilities, to show his talent, this is an effective combination of the traditions of British and Scottish education.

The key areas of study at Merchiston Castle School are the natural sciences (biology, chemistry and physics), and mathematics; Many students brightly show themselves in the engineering sciences and electronics, engineering and computer disciplines. The most successful students participate in regional and national competitions, win and take prizes.

The institution is a full-fledged active member of the ISGA (The Independent Schools Golf Association) Association, maintains partnerships with many British universities, and its campus is widely considered the best in the whole of the UK for golfing.

The authoritative independent reference book "The Good Schools Guide" delivered the school a succinct and yet terrific verdict: "The best school for boys in all of Scotland".

Children of any religion, nationality, religion and color of the skin can learn here - in the Merchiston Castle School there is no officially accepted religion, only common Christian values ​​and postulates are supported.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Merchiston Castle School

Program name
from 11 730 £ / term

The training program for middle and high school students is GCSE: a course that gives an opportunity to get a certificate of secondary education. The academic list of disciplines studied by students includes a large number of different subjects: some are visited necessarily and all, some are chosen as electives. Such diversity helps each student to determine their interests, priorities and abilities, so that in the future it is easier to pick up disciplines for studying in high school and university.

GCSE pupils are offered the following list of subjects:

  • English Language and Literature
  • German
  • Electronics
  • Biology
  • Religious Studies
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Greek language
  • Informatics and communication technologies
  • Physical culture and sports (physical education)
  • Chinese
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Russian language
  • Technology and Design
  • Art and Design
  • Latin
  • History
  • French
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Music.

The cost of training is (the price is indicated for 1 trimester at full board, in 1 academic year 3 terms):

  • Senior classes (Fourth Form and above) = £ 6100.
from 11 730 £ / term

A traditional British program for high school students (12-13 grades, 16-18 years old), preparing to enter the university.

The course lasts two years: the first year students study 3-5 selected subjects (the whole course is formed independently), on the second of this list there are only 3-4 disciplines, according to which the final exams are surrendered. Choose items from the following list:

  • English literature
  • physics
  • Technology and design
  • biology
  • political science
  • Spanish
  • Russian language
  • business
  • geography
  • electronics
  • Latin
  • Chinese
  • economy
  • Japanese
  • Higher mathematics
  • chemistry
  • Religious studies
  • Informatics and communication technologies
  • music
  • Art and design
  • history
  • French
  • Classical civilizations
  • Technology and design
  • mathematics
  • German
  • Russian language
  • Physical culture and sport.

The cost of training is (the price is indicated for 1 trimester at full board, in 1 academic year 3 terms):

  • Senior classes (Fourth Form and above) = £ 6100.

Accommodation and food

For pupils who have chosen full boarding, comfortable and cozy residences have been prepared: schoolchildren from 10 to 13 years live in dormitories, and high-school students are provided with separate rooms, fully equipped and furnished with everything necessary.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: art, biology, chemistry, computer programming, Cookery, design, drama, electronics, English, English literature, geography, history, Latin language, maths, modern languages, Natural science, philosophy, Religious studies
Events list: Athletics, basketball, canoe, Canoeing, cricket, Dramatic circle, football, golf, music studio, Rifle shooting, rock climbing, rowing, rugby, sailing, skiing, Squash, swimming, tennis,  Mountain bike

Events Merchiston Castle School

Now Merchiston Castle School has representative offices (international and national) in golf, rugby, tennis, athletics and cricket, many students are professionally engaged in tennis and golf. In international competitions, students also differ in fencing and track and field athletics, skiing and swimming, squash. The creative directions do not lag behind: pupils and collectives constantly participate in local and national drama and music festivals, the school chorus regularly goes on tour. Here is the list of only the most popular and popular sports that children can attend on campus:

  • badminton
  • volleyball
  • overall fitness
  • hockey
  • golf
  • tennis
  • skiing
  • cricket
  • dancing
  • basketball
  • gymnastics
  • track and field athletics
  • shooting
  • rugby
  • football
  • curling
  • chess
  • fencing
  • Climbing
  • Squash
  • Swimming.

There is a drama club, a chamber orchestra and a game studio on various instruments; You can do photography or painting, sing in the school choir.


According to the results for 2018:

  • A Level: 38% of students earned grades A - A *
  • GCSE: 32% of graduates received exclusively A *.

Equipment Merchiston Castle School

Merchiston Castle School is located south of Edinburgh, in a picturesque and quiet suburb, in the Colinton Reserve (the area of ​​the last reaches 40 hectares). The technical equipment is constantly updated, large-scale modernization is being carried out, allowing the school to keep up with modern educational requirements and provide the most comfortable conditions for students.

The nearest beach can be reached in just a few minutes, as well as easy access to the ski runs and the local Sailing School.

There are many sports facilities on the territory - among them:

  • Spacious swimming pool
  • Multifunctional sports complex
  • Own stadium
  • Tennis Courts
  • Shooting range
  • Fields for football.

Students have free access to a huge library, modern computer classes with the necessary office equipment, to the Science Center and the Center for Arts and Technology. Individual classes have been prepared for practicing dramatic art, music (there is a music school and a separate theater), and a small cozy church works.

Term dates and fees

The cost of studying at Merchiston Castle School is (the price is indicated for 1 trimester in full board, in the academic year of the first trimester):

  • primary classes (J4 & J5, First Form) = 9520 £
  • Secondary and Third Forms = 7090 £
  • Higher classes (Fourth Form and above) = 6100 £.

The specified price is not included And is paid additionally:

  • registration fee = 100 £
  • deposit confirming the place in the school
  • contribution to school development
  • examination fees
  • Tuition fee = 5000 £
  • additional academic studies (optional)
  • Additional excursions and recreational activities (optional)
  • Round trip
  • Round trip air tickets
  • Medical insurance
  • Guardianship (Payment for the services of a trustee agency and directly guardian)
  • personal pocket expenses
  • visa fees and services = from £ 100.

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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