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Ellesmere College is a large special school located in Leicester providing education for up to 426 children and young people aged between 4-19 years. Students have a range of complex learning and communication needs, including ASD and associated behaviours, hearing and visual impairments and a wide range of learning difficulties both moderate and severe.

Our main site caters for 306 students with a range of needs in Braunstone on the edge of the city with easy transport links as we’re just a couple of minutes from the M1.

Two additional sites, due to open during the 21-22 academic year will be as follows:

1. A 60 place 5-19 provision for students with complex needs in the areas of communication, interaction and autism. (Knighton Fields Centre, Herrick Road)

2. A 60 place Post-16 provision for students with a range of needs with an emphasis on preparation for adulthood, work related learning and enterprise. (The Rowans, College Street, Highfields)

We have committed and caring staff who really know the individual student; a broad and relevant curriculum with equal attention to academic and vocational learning; a continuous emphasis on the student’s well-being; teaching and support that challenge and move the student forward; a friendly atmosphere and a purposeful “can-do” attitude. As a result of all this, students leave Ellesmere making impressive progress, both academically and socially whatever their type or level of difficulty.

Ellesmere is a busy place. Our highly skilled and ambitious staff team are determined to do their very best for the individual student at all times. There is a wide range of opportunities and experiences on offer that contribute to the development of the whole child.

We are looking to recruit outstanding, committed professionals who are seeking to expand their experience in a vibrant environment where student and staff wellbeing is at the centre.

Please see our advertisements to see if you feel you could be our next new recruit.

Mission Statement


Our ‘Ellesmere Qualities’ underpin everything we do at Ellesmere. Our students are taught and encouraged to demonstrate the ‘Ellesmere Qualities’ of respect, responsibility, independence, confidence, resilience and teamwork. The qualities were developed by staff alongside the student council who were able to identify the key elements of the Ellesmere ethos. 

Our curriculum covers eight areas of learning throughout which, the qualities permeate and there is also an emphasis on preparation for adulthood and independence. We educate our young people to be good people so that they leave us being about to make a positive contribution to society.

Our motto of ‘Be your best, be happy, believe!’ was developed by students to capture what we stand for at Ellesmere. We help all children to become the best they can be, academically, emotionally and socially. We nurture all of our young people and prioritise wellbeing and mental health as well as academic progress. When a child is happy they can learn most effectively.

Ofsted rated us GOOD

Our most recent Ofsted was in May 2017.

Ellesmere College is a good school because:

  • Most pupils, in all stages of their education, make good progress in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics.
  • The co-principals and other senior leaders promote a culture where pupils love coming to school and enjoy their learning.
  • Good teaching across a range of subjects and age ranges ensures that pupils make good progress, both in their academic work and in their personal development.
  • Parents are pleased with the education their children receive. They receive good-quality information about the progress their children are making.
  • School leaders and the governing body are rigorous in ensuring that the arrangements for keeping pupils safe and teaching pupils how to stay safe are effective.
  • Leaders invest substantial time in ensuring that the school continues to improve. They check teaching and pupils’ progress carefully and respond quickly to any concerns.
  • Good early years provision ensures that children and pupils make good progress in all areas of their learning, most particularly in their personal and social development.
  • Leaders ensure that pupils in the sixth form benefit from a wide range of learning activities, including access to work experience and alternative provision where appropriate. As a result, pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education and life.
  • The staff team provides pupils with excellent levels of care and support. Staff know pupils very well, and this helps them to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.

To improve further we need to ensure that the progress of pupils at the earliest stages of their development is promoted fully by all staff

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