The girls and boys who board with us find themselves surrounded by friends and their days filled with activity and opportunity. Our family-centred boarding experience provides first class facilities coupled with excellent pastoral and academic support.
Our boarding house, Dean Park House, is located on our Queensferry Road site in the grounds of Stewart’s Melville College. This means that boys who board with us have a few minutes’ walk to class each morning, and girls from S1-S6 are taken to and from The Mary Erskine School site at Ravelston by coach each day in a short journey time of around 5 minutes.
Boarding is a unique experience that I would highly recommend. You feel like you are part of a family and you get to make loads of new friends from different year groups so you always have someone to talk to.
Abbie Carr, Boarding House Captain 2019-20
ESMS boarders enjoy secure, segregated study bedrooms with separate floors for boys and girls which include their own toilet and washing facilities. Our co-educational boarding arrangements create better opportunities for social interaction, strong academic support and a consistent and supportive ethos for all our boarders.
Being able to interact with people of different ages and cultures and getting to live so close to the beautiful Edinburgh city centre as well as living on the school grounds are some of the many perks of being an ESMS boarder.
Mustaphis S6 from Nigeria
After school most of the boys and girls take part in a number of the vast array of sporting and artistic opportunities available to them at school. All boarders automatically have membership to our Sports Centres, which include AstroTurf pitches, a 25m swimming pool and tennis, badminton and basketball courts. Boarders aged 16 and over can also use our state-of-the-art fitness suite.
At the weekends, boarders attend planned activities such as skiing, climbing, surfing, ten pin bowling and trips to the cinema. In their leisure time, the children can relax in purpose built break-out areas and relaxation spaces equipped with the entertainment technology children and teenagers appreciate.