ESMS - Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools

Welcome to the ESMS family of independent schools for children aged 3-18 in Edinburgh. Together our schools have been turning out world-class boys and girls for over 150 years. We offer a co-educational Junior School, single-sex but closely twinned secondary education for boys and girls and a co-educational Sixth Form. 

Stewart's Melville College is an independent, non-denominational day school for boys aged 11-18 in Edinburgh.  There are approximately 740 boys, of whom about 25 are boarders. Admission is through assessment.  ESMS has a charitable foundation and provides financial assistance to over 150 bursary holders, who attend Stewart's Melville College or The Mary Erskine School.  The school has existed for more than 150 years and was voted The Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year in 2013.

The school enjoys an excellent academic reputation and prides itself on the range of musical, dramatic and other extra-curricular opportunities offered to its boys.  The playing fields and Pavilion at Inverleith underpin a fine tradition in rugby and cricket and boys also have access to the hockey pitches and other sporting facilities at The Mary Erskine School.

Stewart's Melville College is part of the ESMS family of schools and is closely twinned with The Mary Erskine School through a shared House system and co-education in many activities, including trips, shows, concerts, orchestras, bands, numerous Outdoor Education projects and in the Combined Cadet Force. The co-educational Sixth Form aims to offer a genuine pre-university experience.

ESMS staff are passionate, pioneering and strive for excellence in everything they do. We value the incredible contributions they make to school life, we invest in their careers and we support their ambitions so that they flourish professionally and personally.

Staff are offered a range of benefits including: a generous holiday allowance, enhanced sick pay, family friendly policies, use of the Schools’ swimming pool and fitness room outside school hours, membership of the ESMS Discount and Benefits Scheme, including a range of discounts at 130,000 retail and entertainment locations.