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  • Ellesmere College
    SY12 9AB
  • Head: Mr B J Wignall
  • T 01691 622321
  • F 01691 623 286
  • E [email protected]
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 7 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Shropshire
  • Pupils: 541
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: £5973 per term - £10,296 per term
  • Open days: Open days run through October, March and May.
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What the school says...

Ellesmere College is a fully co-educational school set in the beautiful English countryside. Founded in 1884, the school offers students between the ages of 7 to 18 the chance to achieve success in both their studies and a wide range of activities, including music, art, sport and drama, in a happy, friendly atmosphere.

Ellesmere College is a school proud of its distinguished history, but as a school we certainly do not live in the past. We are a vibrant and forward looking school offering excellent opportunities to all in the student community. An Ellesmere
education is a preparation for living adult life successfully, considerately and with a sense of personal fulfillment. The school places great value upon the individual. Ellesmere’s aspirations for its pupils are higher than simply passing examinations – however vital examination success is – but the value of developing the whole person is fundamental in the school’s philosophy.

The school prepares students for their GCSEs, IGCSE's, A-Levels, BTEC and the International Baccalaureate, as giving them the opportunity to enjoy an award winning co-curricular opportunities from full sports academies, arts , music. leadership and a global engagement programme.

Recent Awards include:
Sports mark Gold – for provision and commitment of sport for all.
Arts Mark Platinum – for services and programmes for the areas of music and drama and the arts – (Only independent school in UK to have this)
World Academy of Sport – Athlete friendly accreditation Centre (1 of only 9 schools in the World) recognition for adaptive curriculum for Elite Athletes.
Top 100 Cricket schools recognition awards
National Business awards for Sport, Educational Visit category (Moduli Green) and highly commended in Music.
CresTed Centre for Dyslexia (Headmaster Chair of CresTed)
HMC – member - HMC is a kite mark of global quality, innovation and excellence in education.
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What the parents say...

We moved our eldest to Ellesmere College once his younger brother was old enough to start here (year 3). It was a nerve-wracking move as we were essentially deciding both of our boys schooling future in one go ... but it was definitely the best move we could ever have made! They both love going to school, have great friends, love all of the extra-curricular activities on offer and are coming home with great reports too! So ... a big thumbs up from the whole family!

Commented on 18th Jun 2017

It is really hard to be the parent of a committed swimmer, especially if they are talented. Early mornings, late nights and variable coaching is standard fare of most parents in the UK. As is rushed eating and late arrivals and tired days at school. We joined Ellesmere because it offered an entirely different approach. The UK's best performance swimming programme, Top Club in the country (2016) and Level 3 coaches for every (small) squad make it a very attractive proposition. Much, much more important was the integration of the swimming programme with the school timetable. This means that my daughter maximises her sleep - good for her education, good for her swimming and good for her!

Commented on 13th May 2017

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Sociology at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Untranslated Literature at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)


International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

Performing arts specialist school





Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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