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The Erskine Stewart’s Melville Sixth Form

Co-education for 17 and 18 year olds

In the Sixth Form, our aim is to create a co-educational community of students with its own identity and individual approach.

Here, young men and women make new friendships and prepare together for life and university study. They enjoy an experience that is demonstrably different from what has gone before. They learn to be independent, responsible and self-motivated students - rather than pupils - while fully contributing to the shared community life of our schools.

Where pupils become students and children become adults

Boys and girls re-united

Boys and girls re-united

By the age of 17, girls and boys are ready to study and socialise together. We believe this is how we can most effectively foster excellence, encourage respect, and inspire students to reach beyond their present capabilities and fulfil their true potential.

An exciting environment

An exciting environment

In the Sixth Form, students can expect the work to be challenging and exciting. It is not considered embarrassing to be intellectually ambitious. Debate and opinions can be loudly and confidently voiced. There will be a genuine dialogue and discourse between tutor and student and by the time they leave for the last time students are ready for university and adult life.

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A pre-university year

During their final year at school students enjoy a genuine pre-University experience. They are divided into small Tutor Groups with a personal tutor who directs them towards more independent and creative modes of thinking, writing and behaving. Tutors also offer help with UCAS statements, preparing for university interviews and providing references both informally and through our guidance structure.

Dedicated Sixth Form facilities

Dedicated Sixth Form facilities

The twin Sixth Form Centres provide excellent facilities across both school sites. Sixth Formers enjoy an environment conducive to independent study and relaxed social opportunities. The custom-built Common Rooms are ideal for reading papers, having coffee and meeting with peers and tutors. The Study Areas are quiet places for reading and research.

Leadership

Leadership

All Sixth Formers are prefects. Their duties provide a meaningful way to experience adult responsibility and leadership. Students help to run the school at lunchtimes and they represent the school at evening events. They play a role in community service, whether as a class buddy within ESM or in other schools in Edinburgh or through a commitment to helping others throughout the City of Edinburgh.

Preparation for Adult Life

Preparation for Adult Life

In Sixth Form, students attend Preparation for Adult Life Seminars (PALS) where they can discuss personal, social and political issues in an adult way. They also deal with practical issues such as financial planning for student life, renting flats and dealing with work colleagues. Girls and boys also participate in basic cookery lessons, preparing them for independent life in the years ahead.

Gap year, University and Careers Advice

Gap year, University and Careers Advice

The ESM Sixth Form provides expert guidance from Careers and UCAS advisors, consulting with students and their parents about the best courses for their interests and ambitions. We also help students who choose to take a gap year to select worthwhile and rewarding projects. Our aim is always to ensure that students discover paths which reflect their ambition and enthusiasm and which ensure that they are personally and academically fulfilled and challenged.

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See for yourself

There is no better way to find out more than to come and see for yourself - meet us on a normal working day, meet the children and their teachers, experience for yourself an education unique in Scotland and see why we are proud to be different. We would be delighted to welcome you to our schools at any time.

Simply call Aoife Buckley the Admissions Secretary
on 0131 311 1111
Or
email admissions@esms.org.uk

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