Ellesmere welcomes students from over 20 nationalities, with a wide
range of academic ability and from all social backgrounds, aged between 7
and 18. Their location may be beautifully rural but their outlook is
global and international.
Ellesmere’s educational philosophy is that we all learn differently and
that every learning style is a special gift. Ellesmere knows that
students develop at different rates and at different times. The support
for each individual student at Ellesmere whether in learning, language
or their successful Gifted and Talented programmes, offer students the
very best in education today.
The school also recognises that these are tough financial times
and offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships enabling as many young
people as possible the benefit of an Ellesmere education. 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. Set in a purpose-built facility, Lower School boasts its
own wild-life garden, outdoor classroom space and adventure play area.
Parents are an integral part of the Ellesmere community. This is not a
school where students are dropped off at the start of term and collected
at the end. On the contrary, Ellesmere works closely with parents
communicating frequently and inviting them to meetings, sporting,
cultural and social events.
In Year 9, pupils join Middle 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. The
subjects offered follow the National Curriculum, but the School takes
advantage of its independence to develop opportunities way beyond this
by providing a full range of activities outside of the classroom.
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. Another example is the inter-House
drama festival. Plays are chosen, directed, staged, and performed
sometimes even written by the students themselves.
<p> 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. Of course not everyone is brilliant at
sport. Those who aren’t are just as important as those who are.
Ellesmere’s highly-qualified coaches encourage everyone to play for the
sheer joy of it and at the level at which they are comfortable, making
sure students go as far as they can.
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. Sixth Form students are encouraged to
take on greater leadership responsibilities, and show initiative, being
role models for students throughout the school.
Brendan Wignall, Headmaster of Ellesmere College said: "Academic success
at Ellesmere is doing the very best you can. We are not an exam
factory. That is a vital message in an age driven by league tables and
statistics. We are committed to the development of each individual
student, seeing them reach their full potential.”
20th September 2012 Back to News