Welcome from the Head of School


Hello and welcome to Merchiston International School (MIS).

It is my privilege to work in this school community, developing my affinity with Merchiston values and building upon the superb foundations in the opening years of MIS.

At Merchiston we believe in the values of a British based education, following the nearly 200 years of history from Merchiston Castle in Scotland. A British education is the 'gold standard' for our community, with our youngsters learning a progressive curriculum (in English) from Early Years to Year 13, and striving to achieve the highest results in IGCSE and A Level examinations. We want our community to aim high, to target entry to the best Universities in the world, and be well rounded in extracurricular pursuits!

In addition, however, we wish to blend the very best of British education to the high standards of Chinese culture; meshing these twin pursuits is a very important objective for our MIS community.

We also believe in the aspirational ability of young men and women to stretch and challenge themselves. This is not confined to a country or even continent; having taught in boarding communities in Scotland, England and Malaysia, and now in China too, I am convinced that there is much commonality between all. MIS may be a 'young school' but we are based on very old traditions and we are aiming high for everyone – we are a happy, inclusive, caring and exceptional British International School!

Please do come and visit the school for yourself – you and your family will be most welcome and I very much look forward to meeting you.

  • Dr Murray Tod
    Head of School
    Merchiston International School