David Girdwood, Interim Principal

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to ESMS, a vibrant, happy, diverse family of schools, set in beautiful grounds in the heart of Edinburgh. Every child at ESMS is given endless opportunities to challenge themselves, discover what they are capable of and excel in ways they never thought possible.

Girls and boys at ESMS are grounded, accomplished and happy.  Our nine values embed character, inspiring every child to develop kind hearts, make good decisions and improve the world around them.  Pastoral care is woven into every aspect of school life because we believe that happy, secure children are more likely to thrive.

We have a strong academic record but it is the rounded education we provide that makes our children stand out. Our extensive outdoor learning programme starts in Nursery, building confidence and teaching vital life skills that you cannot learn in a classroom and our unrivalled range of extra-curricular activities offers every child the opportunity to discover their natural talents.

There is much debate about the best way to educate boys and girls.  The ESMS model combines a co-educational junior school and sixth form with single-sex senior schools.  Our wide programme of co-educational activities ensures that friendships between girls and boys remain strong throughout their time at school.  As a parent myself I believe that this model gives girls and boys the best of both worlds.

The world our children will enter as adults is complex and ever changing. It is no longer enough to secure excellent exam results and a place at a top university.  The rounded education we provide ensures that, when our children leave school, they have the confidence and resilience they need to take change in their stride and strong friendships to support them through the bumps in the road.

Of course, the best way to find out more about the opportunities an ESMS education can offer your children is to come and see us and speak to the children themselves – they are our strongest champions.