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Ellesmere College

Ellesmere, Shropshire, United Kingdom SY12 9AB

Age Range & Fees

Age Range7 to 18
Annual Day Fees£11646 to £18990
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£23382 to £24651
Annual Full Boarding Fees£27684 to £34533

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
231Day109
99Full Board63
73Weekly36
403Total208

Number of Staff

Full-time: 70
Part-time: 17

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Brendan Wignall


Ellesmere 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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What we offer

  • 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/Cubs/Scouts
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • First aid/life savers
  • Horse riding and management
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Dyslexia

Method of Entry

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

Scholarships & Bursaries

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

Accreditations and Affliations:

  • AMDIS
  • BSA
  • CReSTeD Dyslexia Unit (DU)
  • HMC
  • IB
  • ISCO
  • Woodard Schools

Religious Affliations:

  • Church of England


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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