Community Involvement

Being committed, responsible and kind

At ESMS we believe it is our duty to help prepare all young people for their responsibility to the world at large through active involvement in service to the schools and to the local community:

  • Over 500 ESMS pupils are actively involved in community service within and outwith the schools, including the entire Sixth Form of over 200 students
  • We have raised funds for charities including Riding for the Disabled, Help for Heroes and Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Over £51,000 was raised last session by Senior School pupils for a wide range of local, national and international charities
  • The Junior School also raised over £50,000 for more than 30 charities, including Cancer Research, Rock Trust and It’s Good to Give
  • Those involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (about 300 in all) take part in service to the schools and to their local communities
  • ESMS continues to fund the Silvestri Scholarship which provides talented Romanian musicians with musical and general education at our schools each year

In many instances, the schools’ support for charities extends beyond fundraising to incorporate significant community service elements.  All three schools support the development and management of two schools in Malawi, both through charitable fundraising and, in the case of the Senior Schools, through work by pupils and staff of ESMS at these schools during the summer and autumn breaks.  There are currently two Former Pupils teaching at boys’ schools in Malawi, while The Mary Erskine School and the Junior School have been heavily involved in the establishment, through The Chesney Trust, of The Edinburgh Girls’ High School in north-east Malawi.