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Merchiston offers up to 75% off its Sixth Form fees in a new means-tested award

Merchiston, Edinburgh’s leading independent boys’ school, has announced the introduction of a new Sixth Form Award.


The award is designed for boys with the potential and ambition to succeed in Merchiston’s Sixth Form whose financial circumstances prevent them from joining. The award provides means-tested financial assistance of up to 75% of annual fees for a day place and a boarding place for September 2021 entry.

“In these difficult times, we are delighted to be offering this award which aims to prevent affordability being a barrier to learning. Merchiston provides a world-class, global, outward-looking education in a connected community where every individual matters. The Sixth Form is designed to bridge the gap between Sixth Form and the next step into adulthood and is the ideal preparation for university. We hope that through supporting boys from households which fulfil our means-testing criteria, we will be able to provide a transformative experience which helps them fulfil their potential and achieve their life ambitions.”
Headmaster, Jonathan Anderson


Those interested will have to meet the School’s academic entry standards and be willing to take part in the competitive selection process for the places. The first step is to register interest at https://www.merchiston.co.uk/admissions/financial-assistance/sixth-form-award where further information on the Sixth Form and the award can also be found.


Merchiston Castle School

Many schools can boast about their exceptional academic results, university success rates, extensive sporting and co-curricular programmes, welcoming atmospheres and stunning grounds and facilities. Indeed, we can do that as well.

What makes us different, however, is a combination of things: our size, a genuine focus on the needs of the individual, and the fact that we really understand boys and how to get the very best out of them.


It is a potent trio. It is what enables us to know our boys really well and to understand what makes them tick. It is why we can support them in a way that is material and motivating to them. It is the reason your son will strive for personal excellence and want to be the best version of himself. It is the secret of their, and our, success.


Means-tested assistance (2018/19) - During the year 147 pupils or 33.9% of the School roll received a bursary or other fee remission, which includes 2 pupils receiving support from the Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation, John Watson’s Trust and the Emmott Foundation. 4 pupils are in receipt of an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). The value of means-tested bursaries awarded in academic year 2018-19 amounted to £1.13m which is 9.2% of gross fee income. Other forms of non-means tested assistance were also awarded during the academic year, including sibling and staff discounts. In total these awards amounted to £514k (4.2% of gross fee income).

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