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Ellesmere College, Shropshire

School Details
School Crest
United Kingdom,
SY12 9AB

Tel: +44 1691 622321
Fax: +44 1691 623286

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Head Master:
Brendan Wignall

Mrs Debbie Smith

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
IB, CReSTeD Dyslexia Unit (DU), ISCO, BSA, AMDIS, Woodard Schools, HMC
Religious affiliation:
Church of England
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
7 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Entry test or exam, Taster days, Scholarship or bursary exam, Report from previous school, Registration, References, GCSE results, Interview, Please apply to school, Assessment

Scholarships & Bursaries:

6th Form, Siblings, Academic, All-rounder, Teaching, Sport, Art, Clergy/Ministers, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Drama, Senior school entry, CDT, Financial need, Boarding, IB Diploma scholarships, Junior school entry, Means tested scholarships, Music, Organ, Other bursaries, Other scholarships, Science, Choral

What we offer

  • Business studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Classics
  • Geology
  • Design technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Media/Film studies
  • Electronics
  • ICT
  • Government/Politics
  • Economics
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Theology
  • Engineering
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Photography
  • French
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Latin
  • Martial arts
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water sports
  • Swimming
  • Archery
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Young Enterprise
  • Skiing
  • Shooting
  • Sailing
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Horse riding and management
  • First aid/life savers
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Drama productions
  • Dance
  • Cycling
  • Canoeing
  • Adventure training
  • Chess
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
Head PhotoEllesmere College is a coeducational boarding and day school of 620 pupils aged 7 to 18; it offers both weekly and full boarding. The majority of the day pupils at the College use the College bus service which covers Shrewsbury, Wem, Wrexham, Oswestry, Chester, Tarporley, Market Drayton and Nantwich. As one of the principal schools serving Cheshire, North Wales and surrounding counties, Ellesmere College has in recent years developed a considerable reputation for innovation.

The College was founded in 1884: is set in extensive grounds in the beautiful North Shropshire Lake District. Facilities are excellent and various and include many sports fields, six all-weather tennis courts, indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, a nine-hole golf course and has a strong tradition in music and the performing arts and the advantages of a purpose-built theatre. The College sailing club has boats within walking distance on Whitemere.

There is a dedicated Lower School (ages 7 – 13) and a state of the art Sports Hall.

While academic results are excellent the College does not measure its success solely in this way. The purpose of an Ellesmere education is to prepare its pupils to face the complexities of modern life rather than simply to pass exams. As a result of this policy aim Ellesmere College combines the best of the traditional and modern. There is an unusual emphasis upon good manners and self-discipline and all pupils follow courses in Spoken English.

The College has a high reputation for the quality of its learning support programme, established over 30 years ago and is a CReSTeD accredited (Category DU) school with a specialist dyslexia unit.
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