The Chance to Experience Extraordinary

A Senior School bursary at ESMS is so much more than a place on a school role. Our bursaries offer children who would be otherwise unable to attend our Senior Schools, the opportunity to experience an extraordinary approach to learning. To immerse themselves fully in school life and reap all the benefits that ESMS has to offer. 

Joining the ESMS Community is like joining a family. Our passionate and dedicated teachers ensure that each and every child is known and that they thrive here. Whether that be through our excellent academic provision or all the many opportunities outside the classroom, you’re guaranteed to find others who love the things that you love too. From singing in the Usher Hall, to our eight-day outdoor learning trip in the Highlands, to nearly 300 clubs and societies, the experiences here are far reaching.  

The Stage is Set for Everyone

Opportunities to take part in extraordinary productions both on and off the stage

A Lifelong Love of Learning

A culture of innovation runs through our Schools inspiring teachers and students to think differently and creatively

Sector-leading Outdoor Learning

In S3 our students embark on an eight-day, unplugged outdoor adventure in the Scottish Highlands

Sport for Everyone

The breadth of our sporting programme enables every child to find a sport they love and be part of a team

A Reputation for Sporting Success

Our U16 Rugby team triumphed at Murrayfield Stadium, winning the U16 Scottish Schools Cup

Outstanding Arts Provision

Over 40 concerts, musicals, dance events and dramatic productions are held every session

Who Should Apply? 

Our Bursary Programme has a small number of transformational bursaries available, as well as several lower percentage bursaries at both  our Senior Schools, Stewart’s Melville College and The Mary Erskine School.  

Applications are screened by our finance team and by an external company specialising in reviewing bursary applications, to determine if there is a requirement for support.  As well as stringent financial screening an applicant must meet both the academic requirements and adhere to our bursary terms.

Our bursaries are awarded and reviewed annually, after a detailed screening using a third-party reviewer. 

What Do I Do Next?

If you would like your child to become a part of our ESMS community, we want to hear from you! Our bursary process is inclusive, accessible and confidential. To find out more about our bursaries please contact our Admissions Office:

Stewart’s Melville College: smcadmissions@esms.org.uk - Email Now

The Mary Erskine School: mesadmissions@esms.org.uk - Email Now

Make a Difference

If you would like to change the life of a child through the gift of an ESMS education through our Bursary Programme, you can find out how to support this by contacting Suzi Squires, Development Manager at development@esms.org.uk or call 0131 311 1131.