Ellesmere College was delighted to welcome a record number of families to the March Lower School Open Day on a beautiful sunny Shropshire day!
Primarily focusing on Lower School entry, the Open Day also welcomed families for all years of entry to the College - from Yr 3 to Yr 12 entry in September and beyond.
Visiting families got their first taste of Life at Ellesmere as they were welcomed by Sixth Form students at the Registration desks in Ante-Chapel after which they enjoyed some light refreshments in the Dining Hall ready for their tour.
Students from all years then took families on a College tour - starting with the beautiful Chapel of St Oswald, then onto the Arts Centre theatre, some hands-on activities at the shooting range, then a short stroll through the grounds up to Lower School. Students chatted to families about their life at Ellesmere and were paired so they could focus on particular areas of interest that each family had highlighted at registration; these included meeting specific staff members, Middle and Sixth Form tours, exploring the sporting facilities and academies, music and arts provision, scholarships and Support for Learning.
Incorporated into the tour was the welcome address by Headmaster, Brendan Wignall, delivered in the Lower School Hall, and families then enjoyed the considerable amount of academic work from pupils at different stages that were on display in classrooms across the Lower School - exploding volcanoes, maths puzzles, musical instruments, science experiments and language conundrums! Families could also discuss the variety of academic options and pathways for students through GCSE as well as A Level, BTEC and the International Baccalaureate.
Families were also able to learn about the co-curricular activities for students including Survive and Thrive - an activities programme for Year 7 and 8 pupils - the Combined Cadet Force (Army, Navy, RAF), Green Team, Monduli Project, Duke of Edinburgh and expeditions, and a number of boarding houses were also open to give an insight into the opportunities for weekly and full-boarding from Yr 8.
The day was rounded off by a delicious afternoon tea in Big School where parents could chat to members of the Ellesmere College Parents Society, and meet with the Admissions Team regarding individual student 'Taster Days' and further visits to the College, before leaving for the Titans Talent ID Session at the Swim Centre.
Brendan Wignall, Headmaster commented, "I am always keen to ensure that the School's Open Days are meaningful to all our visitors and am delighted we had such a large number of new families visiting us for the first time - as well as those enjoying a second visit. I was particularly delighted to welcome back a number of former pupils who had returned with their families and took the opportunity to catch up with the considerable recent developments at their former school."
Our next Open Day will be on May 19th 2019 - find out more: Click Here - but families are always welcome to visit in term time - so please do call or email for an appointment to: firstname.lastname@example.org - 01691 626510.
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