Ellesmere College Leicester

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Ellesmere College
Established Monday August 28th 1995
Type Community special school
Co Principals Miss Lisa Pittwood & Miss Lin Richardson
Chair Steve White
Location 40 Braunstone Lane East
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE3 2FD
England England Coordinates: 52°37′07″N 1°09′44″W / 52.618565°N 1.162223°W / 52.618565; -1.162223
Local authority Leicester
DfE number 856/7218
DfE URN 130371 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 4–19
Website www.ellesmerecollege.org.uk

Ellesmere College is a community special school in Leicester, England. It serves secondary school students with moderate learning difficulties. Established on Monday August 28, 1995, the school is recognized as a specialist Sports College.

History[edit]

Ellesmere College was opened by ex-Leicester City Football Club striker Gary Lineker on Monday September 4, 1995, with principal Fiona Moir and vice Principal Dave Thomas at the launch of the new school.

In June 1997 Robbie Savage, ex-Leicester City player, handed over the keys to the first Ellesmere College minibus.

Principals of Ellesmere College since 1995:

  • Fiona Moir (September 4, 1995 – July 14, 2006) 11 Years 3966 Days
  • Andrew Large (September 4, 2006 - December 18, 2009) 3 Years 1199 Days
  • Lin Richardson & Lisa Pittwood (January 4, 2010 – Present) 5 Years 1847 Days

Sixth Form Managers:

  • Neil Foster September 4, 1995 – July 13, 2001) 6 Years 2139 Days
  • Andrea Knight nee Soulsby September 3, 2001 – July 13, 2012 ) 11 Years 3966 Days
  • Nila Lodhia (September 3, 2012 –Present) 874 Days

Assistant Principals:

  • Dave Thomas (September 4, 1995– July 10, 2009) 14 Years 5058 Days
  • Neil Foster (September 1, 2009 – July 8, 2011)
  • Angela Smith (September 1, 2011 – Present)

Longest Serving Staff

  • Neville Logue September 4th 1995-Present 20 Years
  • Linda Oakley September 4th 1995- Present 20 Years Nee Hill
  • Tracey Pyatt September 4th 1995-Present 20 Years
  • Karen Cooper September 4th 1995-Present 20 Years
  • Liz Biscombe September 4th 1995-Present 20 Years Nee Griffths
  • Carol Paget September 4th 1995-Present 20 Years
  • Julie Sheared September 4th 1995-Present 20 Years
  • Nila Lodhia September 4th 1995-Present 20 Years
  • Joanne Cave September 4th 1995-Present 20 Years
  • Glynnis Gallard September 4th 1995-Present 20 Years
  • Lisa Pittwood August 27th 1997-Present 18 Years
  • Nikki Cunningham August 27th 1996-Present 19 Years
  • Paul Gosling August 27th 1997-Present 18 Years

Ellesmere College be celebrating there 20th Birthday on September 4th 2015


Ellesmere Road Site Monday September 4th 1995-Friday July 11th 2014 Total 18 Years 6885 Days

Braunstone Lane East Site Wednesday September 3rd-Present Total 3 Months 144 Days



It has been confirmed that Ellesmere College will move to the Old Riverside Community College, Lyncote Road, on 3rd September 2014, Ellesmere will be leaving there old site at Ellesmere Road Friday July 11th 2014

From Wednesday September 3rd 2014 Ellesmere College will be a Community Special School from their new location at Braunstone Lane via Braunstone Lane East

Students move in To new building Wednesday September 3rd Staff move to new building Monday August 11th

New ages will be 7-19 from current 11-19 which runs out on Friday July 11th 2014

From Monday September 1st Ellesmere College new address be Ellesmere College 40 Braunstone Lane East Leicester Leicestershire LE3 2FD

There current address Ellesmere College Ellesmere Road Leicester LE3 1BE runs out Friday July 11th 2014

On Friday June 30th 1995 Long Close Greenarces & Highleas Special Schools all closed down the 3 schools merged & It was named Ellesmere College

King Richard iii Secondary School had old Ellesmere Road site From Monday August 30th 1920-Friday August 30th 1991 after 71 Years

Campus[edit]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Sports at Ellesmere College include athletics, dance, football, rugby, and volleyball. The present Ellesmere football manager is Sue Mangham.

Previous Ellesmere College football managers:

  • Neville Logue (February 2, 1996 – July 12, 1996) 5 Months 161 Days
  • Neil Foster (September 6, 1996 – July 8, 2005) 9 Years 3227 Days
  • Paul Biscombe (April 6, 2001 – July 13, 2001) 3 Months 98 Days
  • Sue Mangham (September 2, 2005 – Present) 10 Years 3432 Days

PE Sports Team:

  • Simon Coopey, Head of PE, (September 3, 2007 – Present) 8 Years
  • Amy Gibson (September 1, 2013- Present) 2 Years
  • Maria Starvides (September 1, 2005 – Present) 10 Years
  • Sue Mangham (September 1, 2005 – Present) 10 Years
  • Paul Biscombe (September 4, 2000 – Present) 15 Years
  • Neil Foster (September 15, 2014- Present) Sixth Form PE only

Ellesmere College made their debut in the first-ever football match which took place on Friday, February 2, 1996 against Mapplewell. Ellesmere won the game 6–1 Neville Logue was the very first Manager of the Football team. In 2014 it is 18 years they have been playing against teams from Keyham Lodge Mapplewell and Millgate.

Notable Former Students[edit]


  • Miles Middleton, Gymnastics for Team Great Britain at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland. Former student (August 29, 1996 – July 9, 1999), 3 Years 1044 Days


  • Tom Taylor, Basketball Player for Team GB at 2011 Special Olympics World Games Athens, Greece. Former Student

(August 30, 2004-July 10, 2009). 5 Years 1775 Days

  • Shaun Pickering, Basketball Player for Leicester District Special Olympics Former Student

(September 4, 1995-July 9, 1999). 4 Years 1404 Days

  • Julie Freestone Basketball Player for Leicester District Special Olympics Former Student

(September 4, 1995-July 14, 2000). 5 Years 1775 Days

  • Fatima Omjari Basketball Player for Leicester District Special Olympics Basketball Club Former Student

(September 4, 1995-July 14, 2000). 5 Years 1775 Days

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