Why choose an all girls' school?

At The Mary Erskine School we are committed to single-sex education at secondary level. Young children enjoy each other's company when they are playing and learning together in the classroom but, when they move to senior level, boys and girls can inhibit each other.

With an all girls' education at The Mary Erskine School our girls:

  • Have the opportunity to find themselves and their voices, ignore stereotypes and become confident young women
  • Are free to develop as girls and learn from their teachers and each other that they are capable of excellence in every aspect of their lives
  • Feel more confident at choosing subjects which they enjoy and are good at without being influenced by their peers or thinking that there are certain subjects that are more suited to boys than girls
  • Have the freedom to focus academically without distractions - at The Mary Erskine School 68.2% of all Higher entries were at Grade A in the last academic session and the school was second in the National League Tables through the girls' performance at National 5 and Higher examinations in 2015
  • Are encouraged to be ambitious, to set very high standards for themselves and learn leadership skills, making them ready to take their place in society as strong leaders and role-models for future generations of girls

At The Mary Erskine School we have many years of experience of working with girls in one of the oldest all girls' schools in Scotland and in the UK. However, we believe that it is also very much in our girls' interest to mix socially with boys to help prepare them for University and for life. That is why the twinning arrangement with Stewart's Melville College, part of the ESMS family of schools, works so well. Through the shared House system, the girls take part in many activities with the boys of Stewart's Melville College such as trips, concerts, bands and orchestras and performing arts whilst also having the opportunity to develop as girls. Our co-educational Sixth Form year then further helps prepare them for University and the wider world.