Welcome from the Head

Welcome to Merchiston International School

It is with great honour and enthusiasm that I serve the community of MIS as its founding Head of School. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Merchiston School in Edinburgh, Mr Chen Wensheng and Mr Lyu Jianjun, and the key MCIS pioneer group as we establish the very first international school in the world with direct Scottish roots. This is truly ground-breaking and a most exciting, unique and defining moment for education in Shenzhen and China.

As the first international sister school to Merchiston School in Edinburgh, we share the close foundational support and strong partnership of one of Scotland’s leading independent schools. Threaded through our MIS education will be the same ethos, identity and core pastoral tenets which characterise learning at Merchiston in Edinburgh; our curriculum and teaching methods will meld the very best Socratic western and Confucian eastern educational traditions.

Our students will learn through a first class international curriculum in state-of-the art facilities underpinned by the very best teachers throughout the school. A rigorous academic curriculum, myriad enrichment opportunities, nurturing family care and support in our boarding houses, strong links within the community, both locally as well as regionally, and the opportunities for leadership and service will all closely replicate those of our sister school.

We will have high expectations of ourselves and of our students, both inside and outside the classroom, and our aim is the successful preparation of young people for the next stages of their education, achieving at the very highest levels. However, none of this should come at the expense of a happy, safe and secure childhood and so the school’s abiding ethos is based on people and relationships, with particular importance attached to helping our students develop personal character and moral values to find their own place in the world.

We welcome prospective families, and interested teachers, to explore our school either through the website, or by visiting our campus in Shenzhen for a tour of the facilities, and to share in our excitement as we prepare to open what we know will be a truly exceptional school.

Chris Lynn

Head of Merchiston International School