Ellesmere College

About Ellesmere College

Ellesmere College

Ellesmere’s educational philosophy is that we all learn differently and that students develop at different rates and at different times.

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 and 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.

Great Britain has a worldwide reputation for its high standards of education and at Ellesmere College, they support that tradition by concentrating on the academic and social needs of every student. The School prepares students for their GCSEs, A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate as well as giving them the opportunity to enjoy full and varied sports and social programmes.

Standing in its own stunning grounds, covering more than 50 hectares, the school is conveniently located near the small, historic town of Ellesmere, and is less than 100 Km from both of England’s major cities, Manchester and Birmingham. This ideal location means that students can benefit from the vast range of activities both cities have to offer whilst living and studying in a tranquil English country setting.

In the lower school, with entry at every level from Years 3 to 8, the focus is on helping to nurture positive, independent, active and enquiring individuals.

Ellesmere College students, of all ages, develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills through team sports, the Combined Cadet Force, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, as well as personal confidence through public speaking initiatives.

In year 9, pupils join Senior School and the Ellesmere Curriculum begins with a broad range of subject, which becomes the basis on which to build gradual specialisation towards the attainment of GCSEs.

The Sixth Form also provides a unique set of opportunities. The focus is on academic priorities and achieving the best possible results for each individual, offering both A levels and the International Baccalaureate.

Boarding at Ellesmere College

With many areas of the Boarding life at Ellesmere College being described as ‘outstanding’, it is little wonder many pupils choose to board there. Ellesmere is progressive in its thinking and offers boarding based on age group (Junior, Middle and the Sixth Form). This allows boarders to grow and learn within larger friendship groups, share more experiences together and form life-long relationships.

Each House is run by an experienced Housemaster or Housemistress and, with the support of a strong pastoral team, offers a safe and friendly environment for the students to call ‘home’. Fundamental to this is the relationship forged between the House and the Parent. An effective working relationship with clear and regular communication allows pupils to feel as though they have a strong, caring team around them.


Type of School Co-ed independent day and boarding school
School Address Ellesmere College, Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 9AB
Number of Pupils 601
Number of Boarders 244
International Boarders 123
Age Range 7-18
Religious Tradition Church of England
Distance from Airports

Liverpool/Manchester airport 1 hr

Distance from London

3h and 30 min by car

Educational Programmes

2 year GCSEs, A levels, BTECs, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, Long term boarding education (one year or more), Pre-A level course, Pre-IB Diploma course, Summer courses – Activities and English

Co-Curricular Programmes

Arts, Choir, Drama, Golf (golf course on school site), Music, Sport, Swimming

Academies Offered

Sports academies

Those who join Ellesmere’s outstanding Sports Academies often go on to represent their county and their country. ​