Ellesmere College in Shropshire has been named as one of only nine schools in the world to achieve a top sporting status.

The college received a World Academy of Sport accreditation that will allow top level athletes to follow a flexible study programme to achieve the International Baccalaureate diploma (IB).

The school, a member of independent schools group Woodard Corporation, has a global reputation for high-performance sports programmes with swimmers, shooters, horse riders, golfers, and athletes among its ranks.

“We are delighted to be the first school in Shropshire to be accredited as an athlete-friendly education centre,” says headmaster Brendan Wignall.

“Ellesmere will be a lead school in providing flexibility and support to exceptional athletes following the IB Diploma programme, enabling them to combine their dedicated training schedules and commitments with their academic studies.”

Pic: Pupils Will Edwards, Shannon Davies, Charlotte Dixon and Chloe Golding showcase the range of sports offered by Ellesmere College

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