Nestled in rural North Shropshire, there is a 7 to 18 coeducational school celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2009 that, whilst focusing considerable attention on the academic achievement of each individual pupil, is also proud of its sports' reputation. With a well-established rugby heritage and with former international players, including Bill Beaumont and Mark Keyworth as Old Ellesmerians, Ellesmere College has over the last five years been further developing rugby talent through its Rugby Academy with recent leavers combining their university careers with professional rugby club contracts.
Beyond rugby success, the School also enjoys representation at county, regional and national level for a wide range of other sports including tennis, netball, hockey and target shooting. Last year the Ellesmere College Tennis Academy was established and already has pupils with national LTA ratings. Ellesmere College was one of eight schools nationally that qualified for the recent LTA National Schools U19 Finals.
Last June saw the foundation of the Ellesmere College Titans, an elite swimming programme and more recently a Cricket Academy. The Titans have a core group of very talented young swimmers who are forging ahead with their development and succeeding significantly at both local and regional competitions. This term has also seen the return of a professional golf coach enabling children of all ages to learn to play on the School's 9-hole golf course.
With a steady increase in pupil numbers over the last five years, sports facilities in particular have been stretched. For this reason, last year, the School purchased a further 74 acres, doubling the size of its grounds to 144 acres. This will create the opportunity for the School to have more playing fields and, in the longer term, to move and re-design its existing golf course as well as having the space to build a new girls' boarding house.
However, an Ellesmere College education is not only about academic and sports achievement but also gaining life skills, such as teamwork, sports leadership, life-saving and first-aid. Integral in the curriculum throughout the School is an activities programme that encompasses numerous skills, and there are development opportunities that can lead to nationally recognised qualifications.
With academic, music, drama, sport and all-round scholarships on offer at the School as well as means-tested bursaries, families interested to learn more about the opportunities and exciting developments at the School for individual academic as well as sports success, are very welcome to join pupils, their families, staff and former pupils at the forthcoming Open Day on Sunday 17th May, between 2pm and 4pm.
6th May 2009 Back to News