Part of ESMS, The Mary Erskine School is a vibrant community where extraordinary opportunities and inspirational teachers help children to achieve their own unique potential.
Following a co-educational Junior School, pupils move to The Mary Erskine School for the early years of secondary school, allowing them to find their voices, ignore stereotypes and become confident, secure, ambitious young women. At Sixth Form they return to a co-educational learning environment to prepare them for life after school. This provides them with the best of both worlds.
We have a long history of educating girls, as one of the oldest all girls' schools in the UK, formed in 1694.
An outstanding school: happy pupils, happy staff - focused on self-development with impressive results.
Meet Our Pupils
Our pupils are our greatest asset, and it's through them we can really show you what a special place this is.
A Rounded Education
Our academic record is strong but it is the rounded education and the extraordinary opportunities we provide that make our pupils stand out. Our extensive outdoor learning programme builds resilience and self-belief and our unrivalled range of extra-curricular activities encourages the girls to challenge themselves, discover what they are capable of and excel in ways they never thought possible. Pupils leave the school with lifelong friendships, ready to take their place in society as strong leaders and role-models.
Opportunities at The Mary Erskine School
At The Mary Erskine School we can offer your daughter extraordinary opportunities. Girls from the school have formed The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo choir, represented the United Kingdom in the European Youth Parliament on four occasions, performed in professional West End touring shows, gone on incredible trips to diverse locations including Malawi, Vietnam, New Zealand and China and represented their school and country in sports from hockey to fencing and from cricket to equestrianism.
School Coach Service and Boarding
For those girls who live further away from school, we offer a daily coach service across Edinburgh, the Lothians, and Fife and also offer Boarding facilities in our family-style boarding house. With a total capacity of 30, Dean Park House provides a comfortable, close-knit and happy home from home for children from Primary 6 to Sixth Form. Our co-educational boarding arrangements create better opportunities for social interaction, strong academic support and a consistent and supportive ethos for all our boarders. Find out more about Boarding at ESMS here.
The school ensures the girls are fully aware of how lucky they are to enjoy the opportunities they do and that these opportunities should not be wasted.
Kate Comins, The Mary Erskine School parent
I think that learning in a girls school made a real difference for me. Crucially, the environment helped to build my confidence."
Heather Barr, Former MES Pupil
See it for Yourself
The best way to experience The Mary Erskine School, is to come and visit for yourself. Get in touch with our Admissions Manager, Jane Welsh, to organise a private tour: