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  • Ellesmere College
    SY12 9AB
  • Head: Mr Brendan 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: 560
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: £6,330 per term - £11,511 per term (2019-20)
  • Open days: Open days run through October and March
  • 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 a platform for both academic and personal success.

As well as broad academic offering, the College offers a wide range of co-curricular 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(IB), as well 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 (WAoS) – Athlete Friendly Accreditation Centre (AFEC) (1 of only 9 schools in the World) recognition for adaptive curriculum for Elite Athletes.
Top 100 Cricket schools recognition awards by the Cricketer
National Business awards for Sport, Educational Visit category (Moduli Green) and highly commended in Music.
DU Category 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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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.

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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

Performing arts specialist school


Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.




Please note: 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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Special Education Needs

There are currently 180 students on the Special Needs Register. Most of these students are dyslexic or have dypraxia. All students receiving extra support have Individual Education Programmes. The majority of our students take learning support lessons instead of a modern foreign language. Examination results are good and students have a full range of access arrangements A further 40 pupils are receiving support for English as an additional language.

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