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Ellesmere College

Ellesmere, Shropshire, England SY12 9AB
Tel: +44 (0) 1691 622 321

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 7 - 18 Years Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)

With a focus on academic and personal success from Years 3 to 13, Ellesmere College is a leading co-educational day and boarding school that ensures every pupil is truly Life:Ready.

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Word From The Head

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From Brendan Wignall, Headmaster

I am very fortunate to be the Headmaster of Ellesmere College and I'm delighted that you are looking at Ellesmere for your children.

Ellesmere's total commitment to developing individuals, enabling them to be successful human beings, is something that genuinely marks it out from the vast majority of other schools.

The best thing about this focus on the individual, is that it arises out of a very real sense of family and community. The Ellesmere community is a wide one, and it is one of the great pleasures of my job that I have the opportunity to work with all its constituents: pupils, past pupils, parents and past parents, teaching, non-teaching staff, and governors, all of whom contribute to making Ellesmere such a wonderful place to work and to study.

Families who visit Ellesmere comment on what an incredibly friendly place it is, on its great atmosphere: I am pleased to say that even after so many years as Headmaster I do not take this for granted. It is a friendly and supportive place where there is a genuine care and concern for the happiness of others.

One of the best things about Ellesmere, from my point of view, is that it is also a very exciting place in which to work. Things do not really stand still here for very long and there is always some innovation that we are considering. Ellesmere College can always be made better, and leading the desire for constant improvement makes my job stimulating and highly enjoyable.

I hope that you will come and visit, meet my staff and meet our students, whom we rightly feel are the best advert for Ellesmere and the remarkable young people that develop at the school.

What We Offer

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • IB DP - International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental studies
  • Geology
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theology
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Beavers
  • Cadets
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • First Aid/Life Savers
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Assessment
  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References
  • Academic
  • All-rounder
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Bursaries
  • Choral
  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Drama
  • Financial Assistance
  • IB Diploma scholarships
  • Music
  • Organ
  • Scholarships - Other
  • Science
  • Siblings
  • Sixth Form
  • Sport
  • Church of England
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range7 to 18
    Annual Day Fees *£11985 to £19560
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£24090 to £25395
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£28515 to £35565
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

    79Full Boarding56
    54Weekly Boarding34
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 70
    Part-time: 17

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    Lorraine Evans: Parent to Todd, Zoe and Melissa

    We feel Ellesmere has encouraged our children to grasp every opportunity and make the most of life. They have all made a very strong set of friends who have continued to support each other through the new stages of their life and we all have some very happy memories to look back upon. Ellesmere has...  

    Andy Halstead Parent to Melissa, Jordan, Sophie and Ellie

    Ellesmere has made a huge contribution to the success that my children enjoy. I ask my children to do their best, no more, no less. Ellesmere has helped them achieve more than they ever thought possible.  

    Emily Palmer- Student

    My parent first heard of Ellesmere as a highly recommended boarding school for military children. As we looked for a school that pushed students further both academically and outside of the curriculum, Ellesmere ticked all the boxes. Then on my taster day everyone was so welcoming and friendly, I...  

    Ben Hall - Student

    I was introduced to Ellesmere College at a higher education evening at The Corbet School where I realised that Ellesmere far exceeded other sixth forms. I was nominated for, and won, the Silver Cross Academic Scholarship, which was created by Mr. Alan Halsall, himself an Old Ellesmerian. I know...  

    Ruoqi Lin - Student

    When I started at Ellesmere, I was quite nervous on my journey to school. Everything would be a brand new beginning for me. But thanks to the warm hearted teachers and students, I got used to the foreign environment quickly. When I meet a difficulty, the teachers are reliable friends - they...