Founded in 1884, Ellesmere offers students between the ages of seven and 18 the chance to achieve success in both their studies and in a wide range of activities, including music, art, sport and drama, in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. The Junior School provides an environment which focuses on individual needs and helps children grow into happy, secure young people, with the confidence to tackle new challenges and understand the world around them.

Students joining the Middle School will enjoy a stimulating environment with an even wider range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities. 

Ellesmere students celebrated an excellent set of GCSE results last summer when over a third of all grades were A*-A, and more than half of all grades awarded were A*-B. Music is central to Ellesmere life and there is something for everyone,  from the Chapel Choir through to individual performances.

This commitment to developing the quality of singing and skills associated with a cathedral choir has elevated the quality of singers at the school􀀑 Pupils have won U18 and U21 Choir Classes at a number of local Youth Music Festivals. The standard of drama is very high and Ellesmere is the only UK independent school to hold the Arts Council's Arts Mark Platinum Award.
For sports enthusiasts, students will be able to train in every Olympic discipline. Ellesmere is one of only nine schools in the world to be  an accredited Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC) which provides greater flexibility to girls
and boys trying to balance their studies with heavy training and competition schedules. Nine pupils are in Olympic trials, and the rifle shooting team carried off the prestigious Ashburton Shield.

The school has introduced its first Football Academy with Premier league record appearance holder and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Gareth Barry. The academy provides up to 12 hours of coaching per week and sees boys trialling for Premier league and Championship Clubs.

The story does not end with Middle School. Following GCSEs, the Ellesmere sixth form offers many exciting opportunities and excellent preparation for higher education. Students have a choice of A-levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The college takes the preparation of students for Oxbridge entrance very seriously and the academic enrichment programme offers extension activities in all subjects. 

With 85 per cent of students gaining entry into their first choice university including Oxford and Cambridge, the college offers an exclusive careers partnership programme which finds opportunities for sixth form pupils to experience the real world. 

The National Academy of Future Physicians in Boston, USA, is one example of a strategic partnership where lower sixth pupils, interested in medicine, receive full scholarships to attend the congress, an incredible gathering of over 6,000 high achieving, American High School students. Ellesmere College has been the only school outside of the States to be invited to participate. 

Ben Hall was the school’s first ambassador at Future Docs and is now in his third year of Medicine at Liverpool University. Ben says: “Attending the Congress of Future Medical Leaders was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I am convinced that talking about this experience during my interview for Med School made a massive difference to my application and gave me an edge, for which I am most grateful.”

Ellesmere College has a 4,000-strong alumni community that includes the 7th Duke of Westminster Hugh Grosvenor, Oscar-winning film director and editor, Bryan Oates,  World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont, Lady Edwina Grosvenor and Geoffrey Ellis, Business Manager for The Beatles.


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Pupils: 550

Boys: 350

Girls: 200

Age range: 7-18

Faith: CofE

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Headteacher: Mr Brendan Wignall

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