Emily Palmer, a student at Ellesmere College, is a shining example of the unique opportunities available to Ellesmere students. Though currently living on Anglesey, Emily’s family background with the military has meant moving around a lot, however since Year Nine, Emily has been boarding at Ellesmere and loving it.
Emily soon set her heart on becoming a doctor, a career that meant her enjoyment of working with and helping people could be combined with her passion for the sciences. In her GCSEs, Emily achieved an A in the Free Standing Maths Qualification and A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English Literature, English Language, History, Geography, Media, French and Religious Studies (the latter taken a year early).
“As we looked for a school that pushed students further both academically and outside of the classroom, Ellesmere ticked all the boxes. I visited the school for a taster day where everyone was so welcoming and friendly. I decided that I would love to be a part of this school” said Emily
Emily, now studying Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A-Level, has taken to life in Sixth Form incredibly well, having gained valuable leadership experience through the Combined Cadet Force. Emily has been flying, gained her First Aid and Lifesaving qualifications, as well as attended adventure training camps in Scotland, where she managed to win ‘best cadet’. She has achieved Marksmanship - First Class in shooting and was part of the successful Ellesmere Shooting Team, who won the Premier Schools' competition for target rifle shooting this year at Bisley.
Outside of the cadets, there has been much more academic enrichment. Emily was offered the opportunity to develop her public speaking skills through the Debating Society, winning ‘Best Speaker’ in the junior house debates. Students, who are scientifically minded, are also entered for renowned competitions such as the UK Intermediate Mathematical Challenge, where Emily won the Gold medal and ‘Best in School’ award. Over the last three years she has also been an active member of the Chapel Choir, the Schools Netball A team and either acted or helped backstage with the numerous school and house productions.
She added “With the support from my teachers, both in and out of the classroom, I have been encouraged to become a more independent learner. As students at Ellesmere, we are lucky to have daily input from our tutors with a genuine concern for our care, not to mention the high standard of teaching in every subject, without this I could never have achieved the results I have. As a student, I would recommend Ellesmere to anyone who wants to aim high both academically and as a person. Oh, it’s great fun too!”