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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 Chair: Al Mobbs (Year 7 parent)

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Twitter: @WESparentsassoc

Instagram: william_ellis_school_pa

WESPA update:

WESPA is guided in our grant making by 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!

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WESPA  - what do we do?

We organise activities that benefit the school. We raise 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 social events for the whole school community, including the Quiz Night, Fun Run and Winter Entertainment Evening. 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 Calendar

Spring Term 2023

  • WESPA Meeting - Tuesday 24 January, 7pm (online). Everyone welcome!
  • Years 7 & 8 Parent Social - February
  • WESPA Meeting - Tuesday 14 March, 7pm. School Library. Everyone welcome!
  • Years 9 & 10 Parent Social - 24 March, 7-10pm. Email WESPA for details
  • Working Weekend at The Mill, 31 March-2nd April. Let the Warden of The Mill know if you would like to volunteer:
  • Uniform Swap at events throughout the year

Summer Term 2023

  • WESPA Meeting - 2/9/16 May (tbc), 7pm, School Library, Everyone welcome!
  • Quiz Night at WES- 12 May
  • Working Weekend at The Mill - June. Let the Warden of The Mill know if you would like to volunteer:
  • Table Top Sale - (tbc)
  • Arts & Crafts Fair, Sunday 14 May (tbc)
  • International Food Festival & Music Evening. Cooks, musicians and helpers needed! Please email
  • Year 11 Leaver's Event, June at WES
  • Incoming Year 7 Parents' Evening, July
  • Uniform Swap at events throughout the year

Autumn Term 2023

  • WESPA Year 7 Welcome Meeting & Social, September
  • WESPA Meeting, October, 7pm, School Library. Everyone welcome! 
  • WESPA Sponsored 3/5K challenge, October at WES
  • Meet the ParentsPlease pencil in your diaries for autumn. Meet the Parents is a pioneering scheme to give primary school parents the inside story on their local secondary schools by hearing first-hand from families currently at local comprehensives.
  • Working Weekend at The Mill, October. Let the Warden of The Mill know if you would like to volunteer:
  • Uniform Swap at events throughout the year
  • WESPA AGM, November, WES Library, 7pm. All welcome! 
  • WESPA Winter Entertainment Evening, WES, December

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 has donated on-line, attended events, sold raffle tickets and baked cakes. We are very grateful to the Birkbeck and William Ellis trust for granting WESPA match-funding towards the Music Department, Art Department and Food Tech Lab.

A huge thank you to Camden Giving and The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust who awarded grants towards WESPA’s Home Learning Laptop campaign, and to the alumni, parents, carers and all donors during the 2020-21 academic year. We reached our £30k target to bring digital equality (good laptops, IT and connectivity) for students at William Ellis School. Match-funding generously granted by the Birkbeck and William Ellis Schools Trust. 

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 WESPA Chair at: