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The Mary Erskine School

Ravelston, Edinburgh, EH4 3NT

Tel: 0131 347 5700

Web: www.esms.edin.sch.uk

Type: Independent day; single sex 11-18 (co-educational with boys in sixth form). Part of three-school group with junior school and Stewart's Melvill College.

Boarding: Erskine House located on the Stewart's Melville site serves as a boarding house for 25 girls. They share dining and recreational facilities with the Stewart's Melville College boarders next door in Dean Park House.

Roll: 733 (girls)

Uniform: Navy blue blazer, Mary Erskine tartan kilt, white blouse, red tie.

Average class size: 20; sixth form tutor groups average class size ten.

Fees (per annum): 8,184

Bursaries: Means-tested bursaries worth up to 100 per cent may be available to parents of children entering any year-group in the senior schools. A number of awards are allocated for external candidates seeking to join the sixth form.

Main extra-curricular activities: Wide variety of clubs and societies to appeal to and challenge young women. Sport, drama and music attract large numbers as does the Duke of Edinburgh Award, but there are also clubs for jewellery makers, computer graphics enthusiasts, an adventure club for those who love the outdoors, one for budding journalists and lots more.

Community links: Through their pupils and led by very active school councils and charity committees, our schools raise funds for more than 50 charities, including: Macmillan Cancer Research; Scottish Love in Action; Oxfam, MIND; Task Brasil. The schools also raise funds for helping schools abroad and have orchestras and choirs who perform regularly at public occasions.

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What qualities do you try to instil in pupils to take beyond school?

We emphasise the importance of self-respect and pride and work very hard to develop every aspect of each child's personality during their time in our schools so they can grow up to play a very positive and caring role in whatever direction life takes them.

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