Lower School Celebrates Success

Ellesmere College is proud of the Lower School pupils who have performed outstandingly in numerous endeavours this year.

Mr Neil Price, Head of the Ellesmere College Lower School, which caters for children aged 8 - 13, commented, "The pupils have been fantastic and it has been great to see them victorious in so many competitions. Not only are they showing fantastic commitment and a determination to do well but their talents have been extended by excellent coaching and teaching. It is great to be a part of it".

Over a short period Lower School teams have won seven local and national trophies.

The Lower School Choir recently won the youth choir section at the Oswestry Festival with their fantastic rendition of 'You raise me up' and 'Plenty more fish in the sea'. They also currently hold the Lever Cup which they won at the Chester Choral Society competition. The Lower School string quartet also won first prize in the instrumental ensemble category at the Oswestry Music Festival.

Last term the U13 Girls' Hockey Team won the County Cup and then went onto win the Packwood Haugh Prep Schools' Tournament. This caps a period when the girls, who have not lost a hockey match for two years, scoring 63 goals in the regular season without reply. During the Easter holidays they represented Shropshire in the Midlands Under 13 Girls' Hockey Competition and reached the semi-finals.

Although not winning a trophy the Under 13 Boys' Rugby Team enjoyed an outstanding season, playing fourteen games and losing only one. Lower School rugby players in general are playing their role in helping to build Ellesmere's enviable rugby reputation.

The Lower School shooting team recently came second in the National Prep School Competition held at Bisley and, with His Royal Highness the Duke of Wessex present, four pupils, George Baxter(England), Guy Cooper(Wales), Jake Taylor(Wales) and Henry Cureton(Wales) were chosen to represent their countries in an international fixture. Jake Taylor shot 178, the second best score of any pupil in the international match. The shooters were already holders of the Aysgarth Cup for winning the National Prep Schools' League and recently won the aptly named 'Ellesmere Cup' by winning the National Under 14 League Division Two.

"Being an integral part of Ellesmere College allows Lower School pupils to gain access to some outstanding facilities. The people looking after our pupils, coaching our teams and leading our musicians are second to none. Our pupils too are great. They learn the importance of competition but know never to take victory for granted and appreciate that success is only a product of hard work. Defeat may well be just round the corner but we seem to be on a roll and confidence is high", said Mr Price. He added, 'Families wishing to visit Ellesmere College, including the Lower School are welcome to do so on Sunday 21st May between 2pm and 4pm, when we will be holding our annual summer Open Day.'

10th May 2006  Back to News