World Class Recognition by WAoS for Academic & Sporting Balance

Ellesmere College, the only school in the UK, has been praised for the way it supports pupils to balance sport and academic achievements.

The school has been reaccredited as an Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC) by the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) in recognition of the way it helps student-athletes. 

Ellesmere - which has produced a number of Olympians and high profile international and national sports stars, is one of only 26 schools globally to be awarded the accreditation and has been an accredited since 2015.

Suzanne Grayson OLY, Olympian AFEC Assessor, came to the College to speak with students and staff and said: "It was a privilege to work in collaboration with staff and students at Ellesmere College during their AFEC reaccreditation. The college has a strong alignment with sport, academics, extra-curricular activities, and managing sporting ambitions, making it the perfect environment for student-athletes. I look forward to further successful achievements."

Vicky Pritt-Roberts, Deputy Head Academic at the College, said: "This reaccreditation is excellent news for the college in its ongoing commitment to ensure athletes have the best possible help and support in progressing their sporting careers while advancing their educational needs.

"We are very proud to be an 'athlete friendly' school and of our sporting record which continues to be among the very best - something which has once again been recognised through this reaccreditation from such an esteemed body.

"The principles and vision of the WAoS dovetails well with the school's holistic approach to educating and nurturing all our students. We ensure that the support structures and flexible approach to learning are in place to make it easier to achieve their academic success without affecting often intense training and demanding competing schedules."

The WAoS is committed to helping athletes on their journey by working with those individuals in their education provision to understand the unique needs which must be balanced in such circumstances.

11th August 2022  Back to News