A Shropshire college is busy planning for its next intake of students in September by hosting virtual tours and meetings.

The doors at Ellesmere College may be closed to visitors and prospective parents for now but it’s still business as usual for staff as a new school year looms with parents and students keen to view the excellent facilities.

Demand for places at the College remains exceptionally high and going virtual is proving to be the ideal option for ‘visitors’ and staff to get together safely.

Stephen Mullock, Deputy Head – External Relations, of Ellesmere College, said: “We have opened up virtual meetings alongside our virtual tours to allow parents and students one-to-one meetings with the admissions team, and other staff as necessary.

“We are living through unprecedented times and we must ensure the College remains Covid-19 secure for all, but it’s also necessary to ‘meet’ with those students wishing to join us and those who are preparing to join us in September and their parents.

“The virtual tours and meetings will help to answer questions, showcase our amazing school and what Ellesmere College has to offer – from buildings to classrooms,  sporting facilities and where they will be living if boarding. It also provides the opportunity to speak with specialist teaching staff.

“Virtual visits provide a flexible alternative from wherever you are in the world, providing a first-hand working knowledge of the College. Meetings can be arranged with all our key staff.

“These include our Headmaster, Deputy Heads, Heads of Lower and Middle School and Sixth Form, Housemasters and Housemistress, Heads of academic departments, Director of Sport, sports academy coaches, Director of Drama, Director of Music, Head of Special Educational Needs and Head of English as an Additional Language. Parents can also discuss our broad range of Scholarships and any Bursarial assistance they may need, and any other enquiries with our Admissions Team.

“It’s vitally important that future students and their families have all the information they need for when they begin the new school year with us in September, and virtual meetings are the only way of achieving this safely in the current circumstances.

“The current pandemic has had a huge impact on educational establishments but we are preparing for the future and ensuring everything is in place to help students realise their educational ambitions at Ellesmere College.”

Parents can book a date and time for their virtual meeting by visiting https://www.ellesmere.com/the-schools/all/admissions and to take a Virtual Tour  please visit: https://www.ellesmere.com/admissions/virtual-visits