1. The advantages of the Diamond Model
ESMS is the only school in Scotland to offer a Diamond Model. Pupils are taught together in the Junior School to help them develop positive relationships with the opposite sex. As they approach their teenage years, they are then separated to allow us to tailor our teaching styles to suit the different needs of girls and boys. The pupils join together regularly through our shared House system and extensive programme of co-educational activities such as trips, concerts, bands, orchestras and performing arts. Our co-educational Sixth Form brings pupils together again to prepare them for University and the wider world.
Read more on the diamond model here.
2. A special place to learn
Our unrivalled programme of curricular and extra-curricular activities gives pupils the opportunity to discover and develop their talents. We expect our pupils to achieve the highest standards in the classroom, however, we believe experiences outside the classroom are every bit as important.
There are over 160 extra-curricular activities to choose from across the Senior Schools and over 100 separate clubs available for children from Primary 4 to Primary 7. Clubs include Robotics, Lego, Allotment Club, Film Making, Stage Lighting, Conservation, Costumes and everything in between. This breadth of choice extends to the classroom too with a vast number of subject choices available to our pupils.
Together these opportunities help to develop the whole child and give pupils the opportunity to discover what they love and meet kindred spirits who share the same passions.
3. Developing new skills through outdoor learning
At ESMS outdoor learning is an important part of school life. It gives children the skills and confidence they need to face unfamiliar situations, assess risk and make good decisions.
Our outdoor learning programme begins in the Nursery because we believe it is vital to children’s early development. Our Forest Kindergarten and Forest School are run by a qualified member of staff who also runs training programmes for teachers, across Scotland. Children also take part in our JASS Awards scheme, (the Junior equivalent of The Duke of Edinburgh Award) and go on residential camps from Primary 4.
While the children are busy having fun and problem solving, they are also improving their physical health and mental wellbeing and developing essential life skills.