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Leaving qualificationsIGCSE and A-Levels
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
Boarding available
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Quick summary of key school information

Leaving qualifications IGCSE and A-Levels
Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 20 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: 元200,000
to: 元370,000
This school has more than one campus in Shenzhen:
Shenzhen Campus: Ages 4 to 18

Address: No.12 Shilongzai Road, Dalang Sub-District, Longhua District, Shenzhen, China

Shekou Campus: Ages 4 to 18

Address: Jingshan Villas, Nanhai Blvd, Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Hong Kong

Ratio of local students to international students

No Local Students

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Juniors & Seniors students use computers during certain times in lessons as instructed by their teachers

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

On request

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE, A Levels

Results in these examinations

All graduating Year 13 students have received 5 offers, with all receiving offers from the World's Top 30 ranked univeristies.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Juniors - Juniors homework is planned by their classroom teacher and subject specialists. As well as reading each day. Early Years - Y2 will have one hour per week, Y3&4 1.5 hours per week and Y5&6 30 minutes per evening. Seniors - Years 7-11 as well as reading 1-2 hours per night. Years 12-13 2 hours plus per night.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

Students are assessed and then individual cases are put forward to the Learning Support Team. We also work side by side with Olivia's Place a provider with specialised staff.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Through our yearly scholarship programme.

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students

Students from Early Years to Year 2 will be invited to a one-to-one assessment.
Students in Juniors Year 3 upwards and Seniors will be invited to take Entrance Assessments.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Early Years - Year 6: Children entering Juniors undertake baseline assessments to ensure that they can access the curriculum with reasonable ease. Children who cannot access the curriculum can become demotivated and demoralised. As a result they do not make the progress of which they would be capable in a school better suited to their needs. We use standardised Cognitive Abilities Tests (CAT4) consisting of verbal, quantitative, non-verbal and spatial assessments. These tests are taken online. As well as English reading, writing and listening exams.

Year 7 - 13: Students applying to the Senior School at MIS must undertake a series of assessments to determine their suitability for the programme offered at the school. These assessments are as follows: Standardised Tests (CAT4): Verbal, Quantitative, Non-verbal and Spatial.

Waiting list

Yes for certain groups

Deadline for registration (new academic year)


Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time


Supervised care before/after school

For boarding students supervised care is provided

School bus service available


School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Craft, art, painting, clay, board games, story telling, football, swimming, cooking, tag rugby, gardening, dodgeball, tennis dance, gymnastics, martial arts, yoga, creative writing, choir, drama coding, fencing, jewellery making, horse riding, film club, calligraphy, climbing, cricket, golf, hockey, higher level construction, orchestra

Sports activities included

Football, Basketball, Tennis, Badminton, Swimming, Athletics, Handball, T-Ball, Gymnastics, High Jump, Long Jump etc etc....

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes - The Merchiston Lions "We are the Pride"

Sports facilities at the school

An indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, running track, bouldering wall, a fitness suite

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Merchiston International School in Shenzhen is the first overseas campus of Merchiston Castle School, a top-ranked independent school located in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK with a glorious history of over 185 years. MIS is also the first international school in Shenzhen providing a British international education and boarding system.

Teaching approach of the school

Through an innovative curriculum blending the essence of the best of both western and eastern cultures, MIS aims to inspire young people to become global citizens in the pursuit of personal excellence in all things and a passion for life-long learning.

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