- 'Ellesmere College' may also refer to Ellesmere College, New Zealand
Ellesmere College is an independent co-educational English public school located in Ellesmere and based in rural North Shropshire, England.
It was founded in 1884
by Canon Nathaniel Woodard
as a boys' school in association with the Church of England
, on a seventy-acre campus
, with views across to the Breidden Hills.
Pupils range in ages from 7 to 18, and the school consists of a Lower School
, Middle School
, Senior School
and Sixth Form
In addition to academic classroom work, the school places a strong emphasis on extra-curricular activities, such as artistic, sporting or outdoor endeavours.
The school is now a rugby academy and offers scholarships for talented young rugby players.
The musical tradition is strong, and it has two of the finest pipe organs in England. More than thirty per cent of the students learn to play a musical instrument. The drama and art traditions are strong also.
All students are encouraged to join the CCF, social services or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Along with these activities, the college media department has flourished in the last few years, the cumulation of which was a feature film entitled 'CJ Simmons - Elite Mercenary'. Created by Chris Bevan, Alexander Burley and Hadleigh Roberts, the film was a huge success and spawned a continuing series, Dissolution.
Ellesmere is a member of the Woodard Corporation of Schools, and has a Drama Exchange relationship with Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts in the United States.
In 1978 the movie "Absolution" starring Richard Burton and Billy Connolly was partly filmed within the college.
Total Number of Pupils: 555, Age Range: 7-18
- Number of Boys: 378
- Number of Girls: 177
- Number of Boarders: 187
- Number in 6th Form: 140