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Merchiston Castle School

An HMC Boarding School for Boys aged 7-18, on the outskirts of Edinburgh. 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 specialising 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.

294 Colinton Road
EH13 0PU

+44 (0)131 312 2201

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ISC associations: HMC, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: All Faiths

Day/boarding type: Day and Full boarding

Gender profile: Boys only

Size: 425

Merchiston Castle School fees:

Boarding fees per term:
£7,220 to £12,310

Day fees per term:
£5,010 to £8,930

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
558 / 1036

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 7 to 18 (138)

Boarding: 7 to 18 (287)

Sixth form: (153)

Merchiston offers a number of prestigious awards each year to suitably qualified candidates, depending upon the year of entry to the School. Awards are competitive, and are made for the duration of a boy’s career at Merchiston, subject to continued performance and good conduct.

The main categories of awards are: Academic, Music (including Piping), Sport, All-Rounder, Art & Design, Design & Technology. 

Scholarships are granted to candidates who can demonstrate above average ability, and bestow honour on the successful candidates. Scholarships no longer carry an automatic fee concession. However, where parental income is not sufficient to allow the pupil to attend Merchiston, parents may apply for means-tested assistance; see our Help with Fees.Scholarship Application Form is available here.

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • H M Forces discounts
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies