Merchiston Castle School

Academic Families works with more than 450 schools throughout the UK, and we have become experts at matching children to the right boarding school for them in order to ensure each student thrives.


We're delighted to present one of our partner schools:
Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, Scotland.


School overview

  • Number of students: 300-400 (Senior), 100-200 (Prep)
  • Age range: 7-18
  • Gender: all boys
  • Religious affiliation: all faiths
  • Exam system: GCSE and A Level (plus some Scottish Highers)

School location


School address:

294 Colinton Road
EH13 0PU

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School profile

As one of the United Kingdom’s leading independent schools for boys, Merchiston offers incredible opportunities intellectually, physically and personally. The more a boy becomes involved and the more he contributes in school, the more he will flourish and develop into a well-rounded individual, which is vital in today’s world.

As a school, Merchiston promotes independence of thought, respect for others, creativity, and a strong sense of care and compassion for those in need. Merchiston provides a stimulating, challenging, yet supportive and encouraging environment where boys can grow up surrounded by their friends. The school endeavours to offer, above all, a love of life, and a zest for living life to the fullest.

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Students coming to Merchiston join a caring community that focuses on the individual, unearths and nurtures talents, and encourages boys to pursue excellence in everything they do. What makes Merchiston different? It is a combination of things: its size, its relentless focus on each student as an individual, and the fact that it really understands boys and how to get the best out of them.

Merchiston is renowned for its sporting excellence, innovative and rigorous STEM programme and a unique electives programme that broadens the horizons of each student.

The individual focus that Academic Families gives to those looking for a school fits perfectly with our ethos. At Merchiston, we want every boy to thrive so ensuring the right school is chosen first time is vitally important. We trust the collaborative approach we have with Academic Families.

Danny Rowlands, Deputy Head Wellbeing, Merchiston Castle School

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We visit schools regularly and know them inside and out – the atmosphere they offer, the academic and social environment your child will be in - so we know where your child will fit in best.

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Choosing the best education for your child leads many families to consider British schools and universities. However, it is not an easy decision to make.

Our team works hard to understand the needs and strengths of your child, match them to the UK boarding school best suited to their needs, and support them throughout their time in the UK.

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Academic Families has personal and professional experience with boarding schools. Many of our staff attended boarding schools themselves when they were young or have worked in them. We have all lived overseas and most of us are mothers, so we understand how important it is to find the very best education for every child no matter where that might be in the world.

From our headquarters in Edinburgh to our local staff across the UK, our team regularly visits hundreds of British schools. Our excellent knowledge of the UK education system, accreditation by the Boarding School Association (BSA) and certification from the British Council means we understand UK boarding education from the inside and out, and know how to ensure the best education for each child.

In addition, our guardianship service has been Gold accredited by AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) since 2016 and also by the BSA, so you know, with Academic Families, you're guaranteed to have the best local support anywhere in the UK.

Moreover, our team are trained MHFA Mental Health First Aiders so we are qualified to support our students with any wellbeing and mental health concerns.

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