Welcome to The Mary Erskine School. 

Thank you for joining us for Virtual Open Day. 

As you explore this page we hope that you will enjoy getting to know The Mary Erskine School, an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 12-18, in Edinburgh. We are part of ESMS, a vibrant, friendly, family of schools, with a co-educational Junior School and Sixth Form.

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.

Take a tour of our school 

We hope you enjoy our virtual tour of The Mary Erskine School which will give you a feel for the classrooms, state-of-the-art facilities and extensive playing fields at our leafy Ravelston site. 

Sit down with our Head of School and School Captain 

Ms Nicholson and our School Captain, Beccie, caught up at the start of the new term to discuss their favourite things about life at The Mary Erskine School. Watch the video below to find out more. 

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.

Education & Learning

Find out about our curriculum and view the latest exam results from The Mary Erskine School.

Pastoral Care

We put wellbeing at the centre of everything we do. Find out about our sector-leading Pastoral Care.


We are able to offer a vast range of extra-curricular options at The Mary Erskine School so that every child can explore something new.

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

Hear from pupils from across ESMS

Meet some pupils from across ESMS and find out what they love most about their school.

Outdoor Learning

Our Outdoor Learning programme is a source of great pride and passion at ESMS. Our staff are known for their expertise in this area and can be found offering training throughout Scotland.

Boarding at ESMS

Dean Park House offers a close-knit, co-educational boarding experience for ESMS pupils from age 10.

Frequently Asked Questions

View our most frequently asked questions here.

Next Steps

If you feel ready to take the next steps to join the ESMS family of schools, you can apply online today.