Ellesmere College

Ellesmere College is a leading co-ed day, weekly and boarding school that successfully combines impressive success in all area of the academic, music, sport, art and drama curriculum.

Set within 146 acres of beautiful countryside Ellesmere offers an extensive range of excellent modern facilities which enhance both the curricular and extracurricular opportunities for the pupils.

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    Ellesmere College

    Ellesmere College: A Platform for Academic and Personal Success

    Since its founding in 1884, Ellesmere College has retained its focus on individual student success while promoting a nurturing, family atmosphere.  An incredibly friendly co-ed boarding school, 550 students from ages 7 to 18, and from all across the globe, are encouraged to explore, engage and evolve to the best of their potential through the College’s innovative and dynamic academic and co-curricular opportunities.

    At every entry point to the College – from Year 3 to Sixth Form in Year 12 – students are offered a broad choice of academic subjects as well as a vast range of co-curricular activities (DofE, CCF, ESB, EPQ, ILM, Survive & Thrive, expeditions, career conventions, affiliations, etc) that develop essential life skills – leadership, initiative, confidence, teambuilding, and above all a belief in themselves that they can achieve if they try their best – the ethos at the heart of the school – to be ’Life:Ready’.

    We believe very strongly that the foundations for a successful adult life are built at a young age – and at Ellesmere College we empower and enrich our students to become confident, strong and exceptional young adults.

    Category: Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Church of England

    Roll: 367 Boys / / 193 Girls

    Day pupils: 320

    Boarder Number: 240

    Age Range: 7-18 Years

    Founded: 1884

    Location Description

    Standing in its own stunning grounds of more than 146 acres, Ellesmere College is conveniently located near the small, historic town of Ellesmere, and is less than 100 kilometres from both of England’s second major cities, Manchester and Birmingham. Students can benefit from the vast range of activities both cities have to offer whilst living and studying in a tranquil English country setting. Situated midway between Chester and Shrewsbury, Ellesmere is just off the A495 and is easily accessed via the UK motorway network. Airports at Manchester (1 hour 15 minutes by road), Liverpool (1 hour by road) and Birmingham (1 hour 30 minutes by road) are within easy reach.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Brendan Wignall

    Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9AB

    Tel: General Enquiries: 01691 622321 Admissions: 01691 626510

    Email: registrar@ellesmere.com




    At Key Stages 2 & 3 we offer a wide curriculum preparing them for their choice of i/GCSEs as they move up to Middle School at age 13 – providing subjects that appeal to all pupils’ interests and academic strengths, while keeping class sizes small. Our award winning Support for Learning department supports those students with diverse academic needs including dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.

    In Sixth Form, students choose A Levels, BTEC or International Baccalaureate (IB), and our students regularly gain entrance to their first-choice university including Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group institutions. We are ranked in the top 20 British schools offering the IB with students regularly attaining >30 points and are launching our International Foundation Programme (IFP) in the Autumn.

    Pastoral Care

    Ellesmere provides a friendly and warm environment with family values at its heart, and all students at the College – whether day pupils or boarders – are assigned to a House, under which they compete in termly House Competitions. Our student accommodation provides a high-quality, comfortable and secure environment for our students from Year 8, with residential staff on site to tend to the pupils’ personal and pastoral needs 24 hours a day.

    Drama, Music and the Arts

    The College was the first independent school to be awarded Artsmark Platinum by the Arts Council of Great Britain for its commitment and delivery of the arts the traditional to more modern media. Singing is an area of real excellence with four award winning choirs and a wide range of ensembles with opportunities to perform. Participation at every level is encouraged and supported by ESB, LAMDA, ballet & dance classes, and individual tuition.


    We are immensely proud of our sporting tradition at Ellesmere College and physical education is an integral part of the curriculum – playing for ones’ house or school, or at national, international and Olympic level. We are an accredited WAoS (World Academy of Sport) Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC), which provides greater flexibility to students so they can balance their studies with demanding training and competition schedules. There are seven distinct Sports Academies – rugby, cricket, tennis, swimming, shooting, football and golf – as well as High Performance Hockey Programme, basketball, netball, badminton, modern pentathlon, and rounders. We are consistently listed in The Cricketer Top 100 Schools Yearbook, and are affiliated with the Lydia Greenway Cricket for Girls Programme and IH Manchester Football Academy.


    Academic – including The Arts, Sports, and all round scholarships are available on application and dependent on entry Year.

    Link: https://www.ellesmere.com/http://www.ellesmere.com/the-schools/all/admissions/scholarships–bursaries

    Entrance Requirements

    Ellesmere College is a non-selective school with the focus on the individual – however for entry into Sixth Form (Yr 12-13) we would suggest a minimum level of 5 GCSE passes at 4 or above.

    Entry levels to the IFP (International Foundation Programme) can be found here:




    Upper School (Years 9-13)

    Full Boarders: £11,855 per term.  Weekly Boarders: £8,465 per term.

    Day pupils: £6,520 per term.


    Lower School (Years 3-8)

    Full Boarders (Year 8): £9,505 per term.  Weekly Boarders (Year 8): £8,030 per term.

    Day pupils (Years 6-8): £4,595 per term.  (Years 3-5): £3,995 per term.


    IB World School, ISC, HMC, Arts Council England, BAISIS, BSA, HPL, CreSTeD, World Academy of Sport(WAoS)

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    We offer a full range of dates for Individual Tours for families around the school throughout the year during term time. Each tour is designed with the individual students needs in mind and the family will see all aspects of the school and its facilities and have the opportunity to meet key members of staff.


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