Emma’s brainchild in line for award

Emma Rattigan founded the school in 2006
Emma Rattigan founded the school in 2006
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The Capital’s Montessori Arts School has been shortlisted for a national business award.

The school has made the final of the 2017 Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Small Business of the Year award category.

Now in its fifth year, past winners of the award include David Buttress of food chain Just Eat and James Watt of award-winning Scottish brewer BrewDog

Edinburgh Montessori Arts School beat off some tough competition to make the regional shortlist, with more than 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally across a wide range of categories.

The independent nursery and primary school was founded by Emma Rattigan in 2006 and remains the only school of its kind in Scotland to date.

Having begun her career as a Montessori teacher, Emma was determined to develop the education format.

She spent several years fundraising before founding the Montessori Arts School in Edinburgh, which is unique in its combining of Montessori and creative arts teaching.

It is also one of only a handful of Montessori schools which is developing an adolescent programme for the future.

Emma, who is now director and principal teacher, said: “We are so pleased to be included on the awards shortlist.

“Our team works really hard to make the school an exciting and fun place for our pupils and we are grateful for this opportunity to shout about their excellent work.”

Creator of the awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves. This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, head of entrepreneurship at Royal Bank of Scotland said: “It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and we are thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

The Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at five gala finals ceremonies across the UK, including in Edinburgh, later this year.