Ellesmere College is a school that values individuals.
Ellesmere's aspirations for pupils have always been higher than simply passing
examinations. However vital exam success is, and 85% of our students gained
entrance to their first choice University, it is not enough on its own to
prepare young people to be successful adults. An Ellesmere education is a
preparation for living adult life successfully, considerately and with a sense
of personal fulfilment.
Ellesmere practices a ‘sport for all’
policy where each student is encouraged to challenge themselves to achieve
their very best. The elite sports performers
have access to a number of pathways that help accelerate their sports
Ellesmere has pioneered the use of an
academy structure to help provide elite pathways for individuals whilst still
retaining a sport for all policy. Rugby, Tennis, Swimming, Cricket and Shooting
all have academy status within the school. The academies provide additional focused coaching and management for the
individual, dovetailed with their academic development.
Jack Martin joined Ellesmere in the Sixth
Form from the Marches School, Oswestry where he achieved a number of straight ‘A’
passes at GCSE. Jack is a member of the county rugby squad and has gained a
starting place in this year 1st XV at Full back. This is an example
that academic success and sport can go hand in hand.
The school has enjoyed considerable
success at regional and national level particularly over the last five
years. Students have shot for Great
Britain and Wales, set national records at several distances in the swimming
pool, represented Great Britain in the World Tennis Championships and competed
for both England and Wales in rugby at U18 and U16. The College has also won
several nationally recognised tournaments and supported players onto
professional rugby and football contracts in England, Wales and France.
One of the most recent successes at
the school was Matthew Kinney, who joined Ellesmere at the age of 11 having
moved from Australia. He had never
played rugby before arriving at the school but through the support of the College,
and Matthew’s dedication, he is now part of the Worcester Warriors academy and
England U18 performance group even though he is still U16.
Ian Williams, Director of Sport said
“The success of the school is the layering of development and support
structures that underpin our sports provision. From the early years, PE and swimming are part of the weekly routine,
and we work to establish good fundamental skills that can be adapted to a
variety of sports. As students progress through the school they can begin to
specialise but we still retain the development of PE lessons right through to
year 11. The students are guided and
helped through our pastoral system which encourages everyone to take part and
balance their work and co-curricular interests. Our dedicated team of teachers and coaches offer a wealth of information
in skill, tactical, psychological and life management skills”.
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