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Ellesmere College

About Us

Ellesmere's educational philosophy is that we all learn differently.

Ellesmere knows that students develop at different rates and at different times. The support for each individual student is tailored so they can confidently embark on the journey and become 'Life Ready', offering students the very best in education today and are now an accredited 'High Performance Learning World Class School 2021'.

"We use the High Performance Learning philosophy and framework in our school. This means that we believe that all the students can be high performers, and we teach with these expectations in mind. Using the research-based High Performance Learning approach helps us to systematically build the cognitive competencies that lead a young person to thrive in school and in later life.

We embed the HPL philosophy throughout our school.

We never tell our students they cannot achieve; it is just they are not there yet but with practice and perseverance it will happen. That is why we put as much effort into embedding quality learning skills so at each stage students have the intellectual tools to embrace the challenge and progress."

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  • In Ellesmere's 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.
  • In Year 9, pupils join Senior School and the Ellesmere Curriculum begins with a broad range of subjects, which becomes the basis on which to build gradual specialisation towards the attainment of GCSEs.
  • All Ellesmere 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.
  • Those who join Ellesmere's outstanding Sports Academies, often go on to represent their county and their country. Students have achieved international recognition in rugby, swimming, sailing, canoeing, tennis and shooting.
  • The Ellesmere 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.