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Parents report ‘a broad cross section of families’, mostly from central Edinburgh and suburbs.  Not really a toff school, although there will be a smattering. Taking over a third of Edinburgh’s independent secondary pupils, it is less elitist than some of its neighbours. The boys and girls are educated together at the junior school, separately in the senior school from 12-17 and back to a co-ed set up in their final year. The principal and his heads of school are all strong advocates of this system. As you would expect for the largest (joint) independent school in Europe, sport is massive...

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What the school says...

At Erskine Stewart's Melville family of independent schools, we offer boys and girls the best of both worlds. Our unique diamond structure plays to their individual academic strengths, while allowing them to enjoy social, sporting and recreational activities together.

At Stewart's Melville College your son can enjoy all the strengths of a traditional all boys' school. He will learn to master intellectual, physical and ethical challenges. As he develops his natural talents, he will grow in confidence, ambition and emotional intelligence. He will emerge an intelligent, responsible and compassionate citizen, fully equipped for the modern world. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2000, David Gray BA PGCE (60s). Educated at Fettes College, read English at Bristol where he also did his PGCE. He spent six years in Greece teaching in a language school, taught English and modern Greek at Dulwich and was head of English at Leeds Grammar. Before his arrival here he was head of Pocklington School in East Yorkshire for eight years. Born in Scotland, he was brought up in Inverness and left Scotland at the age of 19 to return to Edinburgh at 45, bringing a wealth of experience with him.

An intense man, not showy or shiny. Clearly passionate about education and the responsibility that he holds. Being principal of ESMS (Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools) is ‘his life, a vocation… to prepare the next generation… the future is...

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Special Education Needs

We offer support for learning, both in class and in small extracted groups. In the first year some pupils are given the option to do one modern language instead of two, allowing support to be delivered instead. Further up the school, some pupils will continue to follow a reduced timetable depending on their needs.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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