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  • Pupils' personal development is promoted well, with pupils' interests and needs front and centre. Leaders have set up robust pastoral systems to identify pupils who may need help.
    Ofsted 2022
  • Pupils are taught about difference and the need to respect others, as well as the importance of sharing concerns early.
    Ofsted 2022
  • Leaders have established a rich curriculum offer for pupils in Years 10 and 11, as well as the Sixth Form. They ensure that all pupils make ambitious choices.
    Ofsted 2022
  • The diverse needs of and interests of the pupils have been considered in setting the curriculum goals.
    Ofsted 2022
  • Pupils are kept safe. Most pupils trust teachers to help them if they need it...Leaders have set up robust pastoral systems to identify pupils who may need help.
    Ofsted 2022
  • We are particularly proud of our food tech classroom which provides boys with great opportunities to learn and develop their skills.
  • Students engaging in learning languages, a key strength at William Ellis
Welcome To

William Ellis School

Welcome to William Ellis School -  a school with a long and 
distinguished history of serving the local community.

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William Ellis School is a distinctive, dynamic and diverse school serving the educational needs of young people from our local community.  We are proud of our history and although much has changed since the school was opened by WIlliam Ellis in Gospel Oak in 1862 we keep true to our founder's principles:

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Latest News

  • 500 Words Competition 2023

    The WES 500 words competition deadline has been extended!

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    122 students sat GCSEs at William Ellis School this summer and we are delighted with their results:

    • 70% of boys achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades 4 to 9, including English and Maths
    • 74% achieved grades 4 to 9 in both English and Maths and 60% achieved at least grades 5 in both
    • Half of boys achieved at least one GCSE at the top grades 7 to 9
    • 29% of all results were grades 7 to 9
    • In English 83% of boys achieved at least grade 4, 72% achieved at least grade 5 and 30% achieved at least a grade 7
    • In Maths 79% of boys achieved at least grade 4, 65% achieved at least grade 5 and 34% achieved at least a grade 7
    • In Languages, in which 90% of all students sat a GCSE, 61% achieved a grade 4 or above.
    • 72% of the cohort achieved 2 or more Science GCSEs at grade 4 and above
    • 53% of students achieved the English Baccalaureate (English, Maths, Geography or History, two Sciences and a Foreign Language at grades 4 to 9). 29% achieved a grade 5 or above in this suite of subjects.
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  • Key Stage 5 results to celebrate 2023

    We are incredibly proud of the A Level results achieved this year by our Key Stage 5 students, who have shown exceptional resilience and dedication over the course of their studies. They absolutely rose to the challenge of their exams – marked to those of the same standard as those of 2019, but in the context of pandemic disrupted A Level and GCSE study and without the opportunity to sit examinations two years ago.

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  • Year 10 students' Artwork Exhibited at Lauderdale House

    Year 10 Art and Graphics students will have their work displayed at Lauderdale House as part of this year's Highgate Festival.

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  • New Breakfast Club - in partnership with Magic Breakfast

    William Ellis is proud to be in new partnership with Magic Breakfast, providing healthy breakfasts to our pupils so that they are settled and ready to learn.  

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  • Spring collection for Camden Foodbank

    Our school community will be again be supporting the Camden Food Bank, with a collection of donations in school from now until 17th April.

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  • Camden Food Bank Collaboration

    Our school community will be supporting the Camden Food Bank, with a collection of donations in school between 5th-15th December 2022.

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  • Camden Cross Country Competition 2022

    On 14th October William Ellis boys from across the year groups participated in the annual Camden Cross Country competition, and boy did they do us proud! 

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  • 3K Fun Run 2022

    On Friday 7th October all the students in years 7, 8 and 9 completed the annual WES 3km Fun Run to help raise money for sports equipment for their PE lessons and sports clubs.

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  • Remembering HM Queen Elizabeth II – our Royal connections

    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited William Ellis School in 1979, and our Royal connections date back even further, to the time of our Founder.

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  • GCSE results - the class of 2022


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The Mill

William Ellis’ centre for outdoor learning, The Mill, is in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. It is situated in the picturesque village of Forest Green which lies nestled within the Surrey Hills just outside Dorking.

Forming a strong part of our rich tradition, visits to The Mill have formed the backbone of our personal development programme for students for over 30 years.

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