Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is MIS different from other International schools?
- Where does MIS come from?
- How old is the school?
- What is the curriculum?
- How big are the classes?
- where are our teachers from?
- How will my child continue Chinese learning?
- What are the benefits of boarding?
- What is the benefit of following the British Curriculum?
- Do you accept all passport holders?
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
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.
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.
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.