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Friday 26th January 2024

It is with a profound sadness I must inform you that Brendan Wignall, Headmaster of Ellesmere College has died, two years after a diagnosis of cancer, borne with great stoicism. His untimely death will come as a shock to staff, parents, students, and ex-students, many of whom have not known any other Headmaster, such was the longevity of his tenure over 27 years, starting his 28th this academic year.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Brendan's wife Anne and children Catherine and Hugh. 

Mr Wignall has been at the heart of all that is Ellesmere College for 27 years, taking on the role in 1996.  His dedication and hard work to ensure that the school has blossomed through the decades has been remarkable, particularly when considered alongside his involvement in so many local, national, and international charities and organisations. 

Further information will follow in due course.

Mrs. V. Pritt-Roberts

Acting Head


Funeral Arrangements

The funeral for Mr Brendan Wignall will be held at Ellesmere College on Saturday, 24th of February at 2pm, followed by a private interment for immediate family only.

To assist with initial planning, it would be helpful if you could please indicate your intention to attend with the number of places required via the following link: Funeral Service

It will be family flowers only. Donations to charities will be invited through a Just Giving facility that can be accessed by the following link:

For details about the Funeral on Saturday 24th and travel guidance, please click here: Funeral Arrival Details

The audio link to the recording of the service can be found here

The Order of Service booklet for the funeral can be found here


Welcome to Ellesmere College - a school which reflects your beliefs and values.

We take pride in the achievements of each and every student according to his or her abilities, not just in the achievements of the brightest and the best. Ellesmere is people centred, not stats obsessed and where academic success is doing the very best you can. We focus on the individual, not on our shop window.

Everyone is valued equally. If a student is outstandingly good at something, that does not make them better than anyone else, we celebrate every child's progress, at every stage.

We seek to embed resilience to overcome difficulties as a partner to enthusiasm when things go as hoped. Ellesmere College takes academic achievement very seriously, as well as the arts, music, drama and sport - we work hard to maintain a balance.  We are a school that believes in High Performance Learning (HPL) – that all pupils have the ability to achieve academic success.

We like students with lots of interests and enthusiasm. Ellesmere College is not a school for narrow specialists. We like students who love to have a go at new things. Ellesmere is not a school for people who hold back.

We relish the rich range of personalities we have here. There is no such person as a typical Ellesmerian. Ellesmere is famously forward looking and innovative. You'll never catch this school clinging to tradition for its own sake or resting on its laurels.

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