Merchiston to open international school in Shenzhen

November 27, 2017



We are delighted to announce that Merchiston Castle School, with which we collaborate, has announced that it will open an international school in Shenzhen in China’s Guangdong Province.


The school is now due to open in September 2018.


The news follows the announcement that Mary Erskine and Stewart’s Melville schools would establish an international school in Shenzhen in 2019.


These ventures further emphasise the wonderful reputation of Scottish education around the world, and the growing demand for access to elite schooling in Asian countries.


The new school will teach boys and girls a broad curriculum that features a mixture of the current Merchiston syllabus and traditional Chinese subjects.


Andrew Hunter, headmaster of Merchiston, said: “This is an exciting chapter for Merchiston and I am proud to be exporting the unique Scottish boarding school philosophy for the benefit of Shenzhen’s growing global citizens.”


The first headmaster of Merchiston’s Shenzhen international school will be Chris Lynn, the current head of an international school in Malaysia.


John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, said: “Scottish independent education is recognised globally for its strong tradition for academic excellence, individual learning and extra-curricular diversity.”


“Every year, thousands of international boarding pupils come to Scotland from over 50 nations and this is the next logical step,” he added.


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