Old Swinford Hospital School

Settled in the Shropshire countryside since 1884, Ellesmere College has retained its focus on individual student success while providing outstanding educational and personal success for all students – whether local, regional or international.

An incredibly friendly co-ed boarding school, 550 students from ages seven to 18, and from all across the globe, are encouraged to explore, engage and evolve to the best of their potential through the College’s innovative and dynamic academic and co-curricular opportunities. 

The school has recently been accredited as an HPL World Class School – one of only 39 schools worldwide – demonstraitng our committment to High Performance Learning in all areas across the curriculm. At every entry point to the College – from Year 3 to Sixth Form in

Year 12 – students are offered a broad choice of academic subjects as well as a vast range of co-curricular activities (DofE, CCF, ESB, EPQ, ILM, Survive & Thrive, expeditions, career conventions, affiliations, etc) that develop essential life skills – leadership, initiative, confidence, teambuilding, and above all a belief in themselves that they can achieve if they try their best – the ethos at the heart of the school – to be ’Life:Ready’.

Academic Excellence From age seven, students are offered a wide curriculum preparing them for their choice of i/GCSEs as they move up to Middle School at age 13 – providing subjects that appeal to all pupils’ interests and academic strengths, while keeping class sizes small. Our award-winning DU Category Support for Learning department supports those students with diverse academic needs including dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Cocurricular activities such as the ESB, John Muir Awards, Survive & Thrive and the creative arts ensure that all children are fully engaged, learn and are prepared for the world around them.

In Sixth Form, students choose A-levels, BTEC or International Baccalaureate (IB), and our students regularly gain entrance to their first-choice university including Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group institutions. We are ranked in the top 20 British schools offering the IB  with students regularly attaining >30 points and are launching our International Foundation Programme (IFP) in the Autumn – a one year pre-university foundation course.

Drama, Music and the Arts – Creatively Enrichment The College was the first independent school to be awarded Artsmark Platinum by the Arts Council of Great Britain for its commitment and delivery of the arts the traditional to more modern media. Singing is an area of real excellence with four award-winning choirs and a wide range of ensembles with opportunities to perform. 

Participation at every level is encouraged and supported by ESB, LAMDA, ballet and dance classes, and individual tuition. 

Sports – Olympic Aspirations 


We are immensely proud of our sporting tradition at Ellesmere College, and physical education is an integral part of the curriculum – playing for ones’ house or school, or at national, international and Olympic level. We are an accredited WAoS (World Academy of Sport) Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC), which provides greater flexibility to students so they can balance their studies with demanding training and competition schedules – there is no need to compromise one for the other. There are seven distinct Sports Academies – rugby, cricket, tennis, swimming, shooting, football and golf – as well as High Performance Hockey Programme, basketball, netball, badminton, modern pentathlon, and rounders. We are consistently listed in The Cricketer Top 100 Schools Yearbook, and  are affliated with IH Manchester Football Academy.

We believe very strongly that the foundations for a successful adult life are built at a young age – and at Ellesmere College we empower and enrich our students to become confident, strong and exceptional young adults.

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Ellesmere College 


SY12 9AB

01691 622321


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