Frequently Asked Questions

Why is MIS different from other International schools?

Merchiston International School Shenzhen is the first international school in Shenzhen providing a truly authentic British education and boarding system.


Where does MIS come from?

Merchiston International School Shenzhen, is the first overseas campus of Merchiston Castle School, a top ranked independent school located in Edinburgh, Scotland UK.


How old is the school?

The school opened its doors in August 2018, however our sister school in Edinburgh Scotland, UK has a rich history of over 185 years!


What is the curriculum?

British National Curriculum with additional access to Mandarin language as part of the core learning. Chinese culture will be taught through the Art, Music and Performance Arts programme. IGCSEs and A Levels.


How big are the classes?

Maximum class size 22 students, and 16 for our Early Years.



where are our teachers from?

MIS hires only highly qualified, motivated and experienced staff who are able to develop young minds and help ensure our students become skilled and creative thinkers. The majority of our teachers are from the UK, with a few specialist teachers from other countries and a strong Chinese team teaching Mandarin.

View our list of teaching staff here Teaching Staff

How will my child continue Chinese learning?

In the Seniors section all students will learn Mandarin in Years 7-9, the majority of learners will undertake further Mandarin studies in Year 10-11 with a variety of qualifications on offer to support learners from beginners through to native speakers. Mandarin will also be available for those wishing to study further at A Level.

At MIS Juniors every year group, from Year One through to Year Six, have the opportunity to learn Mandarin each school day.  We believe it is very important for students to acquire an excellent standard of Mandarin during their time with us, in order for them to fully access the opportunities available to them.

Students are taught by qualified Mandarin teachers and work is structured and differentiated from complete beginner to native speaker level.  Lessons cover speaking, listening, reading, writing and also include the cultural aspects of the language.  The teachers use a broad range of strategies in order to enhance learning and to ensure students enjoy and are engaged in their lessons.


What are the benefits of boarding?

Boarding develops a cohesive blend of normal school learning with extra time available for enrichment activities, a full programme is developed for students to make sure their time is productive and enjoyable. A close and caring community is at the core of the boarding experience where students and staff work together to develop independence and resilience in our learners.


What is the benefit of following the British Curriculum?

The British curriculum has been developed carefully to support all learners and to provide access pathways to the very best UK universities. Merchiston will adapt the UK curriculum to offer even greater challenge and depth to our learners, providing a sound basis for application to top universities all over the world.


Do you accept all passport holders?

MIS is licensed as an International school under the Ministry of Education and can only accept qualified students who hold a foreign passport/identification. For any questions on this policy, please submit your family's document copies to our admissions team for consideration.