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Parents Association – WESPA

The William Ellis School Parents Association (WESPA) welcomes all parents, carers, teachers, staff and friends of the school. WESPA plays an active part in school life at William Ellis and it’s a great way to get involved with the school, get to know each other and join in with some fun social and fundraising events.

WESPA update:

WESPA has a policy of being broadly guided in our grant making by the wishes of the students as expressed through their representatives on the Student Council and in discussion with the school.  Please CLICK on the links below to find out about our current fundraising goals and to donate. Your generous support helps broaden the students' horizons!


Sponsored 5K challenge 2019

The first event of the autumn term will be the sponsored 5K Challenge on 4th October. William Ellis students are running to raise money for new gym equipment and extra-curricular sports coaching. Please click this link to donate:


Crowdfunding: Music-For-All

Our big fundraising campaign for the new Music Rooms at WES and creation of a Recording Studio is now live on The Good Exchange platform! Please give online at this link or forward on social media to spread the word to the wider community:



Thank you to all who are using easyfundraising to raise FREE donations for WESPA – To get a free £5 for WESPA, sign up using this unique link and search for William Ellis School Parents Association:

Or sign up at: and click ‘support us’

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WESPA  - what do we do?

Our purpose is to organise activities that can benefit the school by raising funds to pay for things like school outings, sports equipment, educational visits from music and theatre groups, and better play and learning equipment — things that add value for the pupils and would be beyond the normal budget of the school.

Throughout the year we organise a variety of enjoyable events for the whole school community, including the Quiz Night, Spring Shindig, Fun Run and Winter Raffle. We raise thousands of pounds each year and help with school events including drama, music and sport as well as with the maintenance of the school’s residential centre at The Mill.

We also provide refreshments at school events such as concerts, plays and parent evenings.

Forthcoming Events:

  • WESPA Annual General Meeting, Tuesday 12 November 2019, 7pm. Learning Resources Centre. Second meeting of the new term and AGM. Everyone welcome, please come along!
  • Uniform Swap - autumn 2019
  • WESPA Pop-Up Shop - December 2019
  • WESPA Arts & Crafts Fair, Saturday 7 December, 10am-2pm
  • Winter Raffle & Winter Entertainment Evening - 18 December, 6pm
  • WESPA Quiz Night - Spring 2020
  • Spring Shindig - Spring 2020

WESPA fundraising

Over the years, WESPA funds have been used to develop the Biology and Science Laboratories, the Art Rooms, the Computer Rooms, and the Library Extension. WESPA has supported the purchase of sound and lighting equipment in the School Hall, sports equipment for the Multigym and the Sixth Form Centre and has contributed to The Mill Residential Centre.  We work with the Student Council to support the boys with projects that they believe are important such as basketball hoops and balls and playground improvement. 

Thank you to everyone who donated on-line, attended events, sold raffle tickets and baked cakes, raising over £10,000 during the 2018-2019 academic year. In addition, we are very grateful to the Birkbeck and William Ellis trust for granting WESPA £9,500 in match-funding towards the Music Department, Art Department and new Food Tech Lab.

How to get involved

While your children are at William Ellis we hope that you will find a little time to support WESPA. It’s a great way to meet fellow parents and carers as well as a chance to get to know the school and staff a little better. Helpers are always needed at events and new ideas are always welcome. You can keep in touch by adding your name to the WESPA email list. 

Just send an email to Marion Lester-Card, WESPA Chair (