I came across the website of Merchiston Castle School recently The propaganda about the advantages of a single-sex boarding education for boys is a little dishonest; particularly for a school which prides itself on such a tough sporting tradition. Indeed, the most recent research dispels the myth of the superiority of single-sex education.
I could find no mention of the school’s famous sons — perhaps because notoriety for alcoholism, psychopathic behaviour, drug-taking and wife-beating are all areas of excellence which tend to develop after one’s time there.
It was the headmaster’s statement that appalled me the most. He said that ‘Boys need not be high jacked by a laddish culture’. The word is actually ‘hijacked’, and it has been in common usage since the 1920s. There are other obvious mistakes, such as the closing speech marks at the end of the first paragraph (the same person is continuing his speech in the following paragraph). For a school currently charging so much and making such high claims for its educational standards, I’d expect better from its headmaster.