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As you would expect for the largest (joint) independent school in Europe, sport is massive. Great achievements in hockey with the 1st XI team winning the Scottish Schools’ Cup. We hear from parents that drama is ‘quite extraordinary’. It is part of the curriculum for younger pupils and can be taken up to Higher and Advanced Higher. 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...

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What the school says...

The Mary Erskine School is part of ESMS, a vibrant, friendly, family of schools, set in beautiful grounds in the heart of Edinburgh.

We are a diamond school with a co-educational Junior School and Sixth Form. Girls move to The Mary Erskine School for the early years of secondary school allowing them to find their voices, ignore stereotypes and become confident, secure, ambitious young women. At Sixth Form pupils return to a co-educational learning environment to prepare them for life after school. This provides girls with the best of both worlds.

At The Mary Erskine School your daughter will flourish in an environment of academic excellence. She will work at a pace that suits her development. She will experience unrivalled opportunities to challenge herself, discover what she is capable of and excel in ways she never thought possible.

Our pupils leave the school with lifelong friendships, ready to take their place in society as strong leaders and role-models for other women.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since August 2018, Linda Moule, who runs the twin senior schools (Stewart’s Melville College and The Mary Erskine School) with two heads and the head of the co-ed junior school. She spends part of the week in each school (separate campuses) with offices in both. After graduating in theology from Manchester University, she has held positions in the teaching profession in Bristol, Stockport, Manchester and was deputy head of Holy Trinity College, Bromley, before becoming vice principal of New Hall School, Chelmsford in 2004. She was appointed head of Mary Erskine School in 2009, and became vice principal of the ESMS in 2016. Mrs Moule is married with two sons, both of whom have attended Stewart’s Melville College.

Head since August 2018, Kirsty Nicholson, who has taught geography at both Stewart's...

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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 Y
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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