Welcome to Stewart's Melville College.

Thank you for joining us today for Virtual Open Day. 

As you explore this page we hope you will enjoy getting to know Stewart's Melville College, an independent day and boarding school for boys, in Edinburgh, Scotland. We are part of ESMS, a vibrant, friendly, family of schools with a co-educational Junior School and Sixth Form.

Pupils move into Stewart’s Melville College for the early years of secondary school where teachers understand how to motivate and nurture boys so that they thrive. At Sixth Form the pupils then return to a co-educational learning environment to prepare them for life after school. This allows us to give our pupils the best of both worlds. 

At Stewart’s Melville College pupils leave school with lifelong friendships and the strength of character, social skills, imagination and self-belief they need to find success in whatever they turn their minds to.

Take a look around

To begin, let us take you on a tour of Stewart's Melville College. It is an inspiring place to learn with our traditional Old College, built by renowned architect David Rhind in 1848, complemented with state-of-the-art modern facilities. In addition, we have extensive playing fields at Inverleith that are used for rugby, hockey and cricket.

Sit down with our School Captain and Head of School

Mr Anthony Simpson and School Captain, Robin, caught up at the start of term to talk about their recent experiences with online learning and share what they find so special about Stewart's Melville College. Watch the video below to find out more. 

A rounded education

We offer boys a rounded education and an unrivalled opportunity to discover and develop their natural talents. We run an extensive outdoor learning programme and offer over 90 extra-curricular activities.

Education & Learning

Find out more about our curriculum and view the latest exam results from boys at Stewart's Melville College.

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 Stewart's Melville College so that every child can explore something new.

A place where excellence in and out of the classroom is encouraged, values are strong, loyalty is fierce and success is celebrated.

Linda Burns, Stewart’s Melville College 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.