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  • William Ellis School provides pupils with a rounded education that develops them into confident young men. Their behaviour is good, as is their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
    Ofsted 2017
  • Social inclusion is at the heart of the school’s ethos and culture. The school makes good efforts to nurture all pupils, regardless of their background.
    Ofsted 2017
  • Pupils follow an academic curriculum that provides them with a good breadth and depth of knowledge. This serves them well for the next stages in their lives.
    Ofsted 2017
  • Teachers have secure subject knowledge. Lessons are rich in subject content. Most pupils apply themselves well in class and are willing learners.
    Ofsted 2017
  • Music, sport and outdoor learning are important areas of the school’s life. These all play an important part in developing pupils’ confidence and resilience.
    Ofsted 2017
  • Prospective Parents' Open Evening 2020 (24th September)


    William Ellis School is looking forward to welcoming you to our Prospective Parents' Open Evening on Thursday 24th September from 4:30pm – 8:00pm. In order to ensure the safety of staff, students and visitors, all parents/carers are required to sign up for open evening using the link below. Sessions will run for 1 hour. You will be emailed by the school with confirmation of your allocated slot, which will be between 4:30pm and 6:50pm, once you have registered.


    Please note:

    • All visitors will be required to register in advance. Please do not attend if you have not received a confirmation email from the school.
    • Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis, with priority given to Year 6 students.
    • We advise you to sign up as soon as possible, as numbers are limited.
    • Due to a cap on numbers we are asking that only one parent/carer and one child attend per family.
    • Visitors are asked to wear a mask during the event in order to ensure the safety of everyone attending the evening.
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  • Returning to school

    Key information for students returning to school in September - Thursday 3rd September

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Welcome To

William Ellis School

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

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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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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