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Children at King’s Ely Acremont get closer to nature

A new conservation area and wildlife pond has been officially opened at King’s Ely Acremont.    The school’s budding Bill Oddies and Michaela Strachans are in their element using the pond dipping platform to search for tadpoles and water boatmen (all supervised of course!), hunting among the log piles for minibeasts and topping up the …

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Cambridgeshire Educational Partnership brings Innovation Day to King’s Ely

King’s Ely was delighted to welcome students from St Bede’s Inter-Church School and Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy along to a special Innovation Day. The event involved more than 60 Key Stage 3 students from all three schools, who enjoyed an engaging and entertaining workshop where they competed to produce ideas for a new Smart …

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An Evensong to remember for King’s Ely Junior’s Chamber Choir

King’s Ely Junior’s Chamber Choir is on a high after having the opportunity to sing Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. The 35-strong choir, made up of boys and girls from Years 5 to 8, travelled to the capital for the service on June 3rd. They sang Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Herbert Sumsion and …

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Choristers and Friends Complete Charity Cycle Ride in Sweltering Heat

A group of King’s Ely Junior pupils, including four Ely Cathedral choristers, used their pedal power to raise more than £1,000 for good causes. Four members of Ely Cathedral Boys’ Choir – Thomas Perceval-Maxwell, James Barbrook, Max Black and Theo Almond – who are all pupils at King’s Ely Junior, cycled from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, …

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Don’t miss magical production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at King’s Ely

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is being staged at King’s Ely in June.   The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, who are celebrating their 15th birthday this year and an amazing 425 years since the original company was first created, are bringing the hugely popular open-air production to the picturesque gardens of King’s …

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Hit band, The Tailormade, visit King’s Ely to share their skills with young musicians

Musicians from King’s Ely were in their element when The Tailormade –crowned the ‘Best buskers in London’ by former London Mayor Boris Johnson – paid them a visit. The hit band worked with Year 9 students who are studying GCSE Music next year, Year 10 GCSE Music students and Year 12 A Level Music students. …

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New Cambridgeshire Educational Partnership is officially launched

A new partnership has been launched to bring together school headteachers, education professionals and young people from across Cambridgeshire. The county’s Service Director for Education, Jonathan Lewis, former National Chairman of the Independent Schools Association, Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE, and Tricia Pritchard from the Opportunity Area Partnership Board for Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, were among delegates …

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King’s Ely Junior swimmers to compete in National IAPS Finals

Seven King’s Ely Junior pupils have qualified for the finals of a fiercely-contested national swimming competition. The Independent Association of Prep Schools’ (IAPS) National Swimming Finals will see prep school-age swimmers from across the country battling it out at the London Aquatics Centre on June 8th. This year, King’s Ely Junior is delighted to have …

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King’s Ely students qualify for national finals of UK Team Maths Challenge

Mathematicians from King’s Ely have reached the national finals of a fiercely-contested competition.   King’s Ely Senior students Elliot Bord and Ben Collier and King’s Ely Junior pupils John Lau and James MacGillivray are one of only 88 school teams to qualify for the national finals of the UK Team Maths Challenge. More than 1,700 …

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King’s Ely’s Osfest and Colour Run swell charities’ coffers by over £2,000

FUN and frolics – with a large splattering of powder paint – have raised more than £2,000 for King’s Ely’s two school charities.     Hundreds of students, staff, families and friends of King’s Ely came together on New Field for Osfest – an annual summer fete style fundraising event organised by the boys in Osmond …

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Newly announced Heads of School win King’s Ely Hoop Trundle 2019

It was certainly an afternoon to remember for Sol Boon and Lottie Wilkinson, who were formally announced as being King’s Ely’s new Heads of School for 2019/20 before then going on to win the school’s annual Hoop Trundle. Crowds of students, staff, families, dignitaries and friends of King’s Ely gathered around the East Lawn of …

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Lord Browne of Madingley Guest of Honour at King’s Ely Senior Prizegiving

John Browne, Lord Browne of Madingley, took a step back in time by returning to King’s Ely to be Guest of Honour at Senior Prizegiving. Lord Browne, best known for his role as the Chief Executive of the energy company BP from 1995 to 2007, is an Old Elean (former King’s Ely student) and was …

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King’s Ely teaching trio conquers London Marathon 2019

Three members of teaching staff from King’s Ely took on this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon – one of whom even smashed an official Guinness World Record. Alison Stewart, Richard Oliver and Jonathan Hobbs were among tens of thousands of people who put their best feet forward in the 26.2 mile race in the capital …

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King’s Ely students pick up design award at RoboCon 2019

King’s Ely Senior students competed in RoboCon for the first ever time this year – and won the Best Engineering Design award for one of their robots. Two teams of Year 9 pupils entered the competition, which took place in Cambridge during the Easter holidays. RoboCon is a robotics competition aimed at students in Years …

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King’s Ely Students head to Portugal for Easter Rowing Camp

A group of King’s Ely rowers spent the first week of their Easter break improving their skills on the waters in Western Portugal. The climate and weather conditions were far from exotic however, as the students faced strong winds and heavy rain every day during their trip, which saw 26 students from Years 9-13 at …

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Daisy the Donkey goes down a storm at King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery

Children at King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery had a very special visitor as part of their Easter preparations in the form of an adorable donkey called Daisy! Liz Wright, a Welfare Adviser from the Donkey Sanctuary, popped into school with Daisy, one of her rescue donkeys, for a special outdoor worship themed around Easter. Pupils …

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A King’s Ely student wins photography competition for second year running!

King’s Ely Sixth Form student Luna Guo has been announced as the winner of this year’s Ilford Photo UK Student Photographer of the Year Competition. In what is now the competition’s ninth year, photography students from across the UK were tasked with creating a black and white (B&W) image that encapsulates an inspiring line from …

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Day to remember as new Cathedral Choristers are officially installed

Ten of King’s Ely’s and Ely Cathedral’s newest probationer choristers have been officially installed. The choristers were installed during what was a very special Mothering Sunday Eucharist at the Cathedral, attended also by three junior probationers to mark the completion of the first stage in their chorister journey. It was also the final weekend that …

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King’s Ely students on top form at Microsoft Research Cambridge’s DigiGirlz Day

King’s Ely Junior pupils attended the inspiring DigiGirlz Day at Microsoft Research Cambridge – and picked up a prize. DigiGirlz Days are being held at Microsoft hubs across the globe and are designed to provide school-age girls with a better understanding of what a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is like. The …

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International award for dedicated King’s Ely teacher

A Teacher from King’s Ely has won an award in recognition of his passion for promoting internet and digital safety among pupils, parents and staff. Dan Everest, who is Head of Computing and Digital Innovation at King’s Ely Junior, has been awarded a ‘Digital Leaders Star Teacher Award’ by Childnet International, an organisation which works …

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Smiles all round at King’s Ely Acremont’s Grandparents’ Afternoon

Pupils at King’s Ely Acremont were in their element showing their grandparents around their classrooms and some of the many things they have learned. The special Grandparents’ Afternoon welcomed a large gathering of grandmas and grandpas of Reception age pupils into school. The visitors enjoyed a fun phonics lesson and some Spanish singing with the …

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Sixth Form Photography students in running for national prizes

Five A Level Photography students from King’s Ely have been shortlisted for prizes in two prestigious competitions. Luna Guo, 18, has been shortlisted for top prize in this year’s UK ILFORD PHOTO Student Competition, entitled ‘Reading between the Lines’, which celebrates students using black and white film. Orla Simpson, 18, Charlie Watson, 17, Fiona Fung, …

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Professor Lord Robert Winston hosts annual King’s Ely Osmond Lecture

King’s Ely was delighted to welcome British professor and television presenter, Professor Lord Robert Winston, into school to talk to excited students and staff. Lord Winston hosted the school’s Osmond Lecture on March 15th, an annual event established and endowed by the Old Eleans’ Club to commemorate the career of Leonard Osmond, who was a …

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Stunning work on show at annual King’s Ely Art Exhibition

Talented Art and Design students from King’s Ely are showcasing their work to the public this spring. The annual King’s Ely Senior Spring Art Exhibition is a celebration of the work produced by students in Year 9 through to Year 13. The young artists are exhibiting a huge variety of Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, …

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Principal of King’s Ely appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire

Sue Freestone, Principal and Chief Executive of King’s Ely, has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. Sue, who has been in post at King’s Ely since September 2004, is one of six new Deputy Lieutenants selected by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence OBE QPM DL. Deputy Lieutenants assist with any …

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Gold medal for King’s Ely Junior Judo star, Lucas

King’s Ely Junior pupil Lucas Hilcenko won a Gold medal at a national Judo competition. Lucas, 12, who lives with his family in Sutton, represented the school at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) Independent School Boys’ Judo Tournament. The competition took place at High Wycombe Judo Centre in Buckinghamshire. Lucas, who has been a …

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King’s Ely Junior flautists to star in British Suzuki Institute Celebration Concerts

Flautists from King’s Ely are to perform in this year’s British Suzuki Institute Celebration Concerts. King’s Ely Junior’s nine-strong Flute Choir has been selected to feature in one of the concerts after its teacher, Liz Hargest, submitted a recording of the students performing ‘You’ve got to pick a pocket or two’ by writer and composer …

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Talents and courage shine during annual King’s Ely Senior Music Festival

Hundreds of people packed into Ely Cathedral for King’s Ely Senior’s eagerly-anticipated Music Festival Finalists’ Concert. King’s Ely Senior and International students battled it out in a series of fiercely-contested heats held in school over a three-week period. As ever, the quality and variety of the students’ performances were outstanding, but the entries were whittled …

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King’s Ely rider Adele qualifies for National Championships

King’s Ely Junior rider Adele Shaw has qualified for the National Schools Equestrian Association’s (NSEA) National Championships. Adele, 12, represented the school at the NSEA Arena Eventing Jumping with Style competition, held at Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Bedfordshire on February 9th. Manager of the King’s Ely Equestrian Team, Sue Cameron, said: “The competition was …

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Cabaret evening raises £600 for King’s Ely charities

A Cabaret evening hosted by Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir has raised £600 for charity. People of all ages packed into King’s Ely’s Hayward Theatre for ‘Etheldreda Entertains’ – a fun-filled evening featuring some of the girls’ favourites songs, including many hits from musicals such as Oliver, Mamma Mia and the Wizard of Oz. Entry to …

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King’s Barbers to have their voices heard on the other side of the world

King’s Ely’s award-winning boys’ a cappella group – the King’s Barbers – are being given a once in a lifetime opportunity to sing in the south-western Indian state of Goa. Music lovers from across the globe are expected to attend the Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival at Unesco Heritage City in Old Goa later this …

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King’s Ely pupil qualifies for Northampton Saints’ Developing Player Programme

King’s Ely Junior pupil and promising Rugby star Dylan Clifton has been selected to join the Northampton Saints’ Developing Player Programme (DPP). Dylan, 12, who is from the Ely area, says he was “surprised but very excited” to have qualified for the scheme following a series of trials. The DPP aims to be a “world-class …

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King’s Ely students pay their respects at Holocaust Memorial Service

Students and staff from King’s Ely Junior and King’s Ely Senior came together at Ely Cathedral to mark National Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme of the school’s moving Service of Remembrance, held on January 28th, was ‘Torn from Home’. The service was held to commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau; to mark the 25th anniversary …

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Voice Trials 2019 – calling all potential new cathedral choristers!

Children with a love of music and singing are being given the chance to join the world famous Ely Cathedral Choir. And this year, for the first time ever, auditions for both girl and boy Ely chorister places are being held on the same day – Friday, January 18th. Being a chorister at Ely Cathedral …

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King’s Company celebrates 10th anniversary with sell-out production of Jesus Christ Superstar

Around 1,500 people witnessed talented King’s Ely students perform a stunning version of 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Hailed as “wonderful” by one reviewer and “impeccable” by another, five performances were held in the school’s Hayward Theatre, tickets for which sold out within a matter of days. More than 50 King’s Ely Senior students …

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King’s Ely riders qualify for Royal Windsor Show and NSEA Finals

King’s Ely’s Equestrian Team will be representing the school at both the National Schools’ Equestrian Association (NSEA) Show Jumping Finals and the Royal Windsor Horse Show 2019. Some of the school’s riders will also be competing at the Hickstead Elite Qualifiers following their stellar efforts at the NSEA Show Jumping Qualifiers, held at Forest Edge …

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Legacy of legendary Great London Plane Tree of Ely to live on thanks to King’s Ely and Barcham Trees

It’s more than 300 years old, has been hailed one of the finest in Britain and is so significant that it even has its own place in national heritage. And now, thanks to an exciting partnership between King’s Ely and Barcham Trees, the largest tree nursery of its type in Europe, the legacy of the …

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Pupils’ production of Frankenstein goes down a storm

Talented King’s Ely Junior pupils wowed audiences with their electrifying production of Frankenstein. After months of planning and rehearsing, Year 7 and 8 thespians took to the stage on November 20th and 21st to present an adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel that was full of shocking twists and turns, and which certainly kept audiences …

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King’s Ely pupils go all out to celebrate Children in Need 2018

Pudsey ears and spotty socks have resulted in King’s Ely raising hundreds of pounds for Children in Need. Pupils and staff at King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery and King’s Ely Junior grabbed their spottiest and wackiest accessories and went the extra mile to celebrate the annual fundraising campaign on November 16th. At King’s Ely Acremont …

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Mia and George to represent King’s Ely at Houses of Parliament

Two King’s Ely Senior students will get to have their viewpoints heard by prominent Judge, Sir Brian Leveson. Secondary school students across South East Cambridgeshire have been competing in this year’s Inter Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition. The contest, pioneered and organised by local MP Lucy Frazer, is now in its fifth year. Year 10 students …

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King’s Ely crowned Isle of Ely District Cross Country Champions

King’s Ely was delighted to both host and win the Isle of Ely District Cross Country Championships. Students from Ely College, Witchford Village College, Littleport and East Cambs Academy, Cromwell Community College, Neale-Wade Academy and Wisbech Grammar School travelled to King’s Ely to compete in the event on November 15th. King’s Ely came first, Wisbech …

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King’s Ely through to third round of England Hockey competition

King’s Ely has qualified for the third round of the England Hockey National Schools Tier 1 Competition. King’s Ely’s 1st XI girls played against Wellingborough School in the second round of the fiercely-contested competition on November 8th. The girls qualified for that round after beating Stamford High School 3-0 in the preliminary round last month, …

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Author visits inspire budding writers at King’s Ely

Pupils at King’s Ely Acremont and King’s Ely Junior were in their element when two highly regarded authors paid them a visit. King’s Ely Acremont welcomed children’s author and illustrator Chloë Inkpen into school, where she led enthralling workshops and storytelling sessions with the children, and signed copies of her books. Chloë and her father, …

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King’s Ely students on top form at British Rowing Senior Championships

King’s Ely rowers enjoyed success at the prestigious British Rowing Senior Championships. Sixth Form students Holly Lancaster and Rebecca Garrett won the Girls’ Under 19 Doubles race at the competition on October 20th. Alex Millard and Will White, also students at King’s Ely Sixth Form, came second in the Boys’ Under 19 Doubles race on …

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King’s Ely raises whopping £23,583 for charities in Uganda

The King’s Ely community has raised more than £23,000 for two charities which support poverty-stricken families in East Africa. Over the last 12 months, students, staff, families and friends of King’s Ely have been taking on a whole host of fundraising initiatives in aid of the Uganda Marathon charity and the Friends of Mengo Hospital …

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King’s Ely riders make school history at National Championships

The King’s Ely Equestrian Team made school history at the National Schools Equestrian Association’s (NSEA) National Championships. The three-day event took place at the College Equestrian Centre in Keysoe, Bedfordshire, from October 19th to 22nd and saw riders from some of the UK’s top equestrian schools battling it out in competitive classes. King’s Ely riders …

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King’s Ely Acremont Nursery staff put their best feet forward for Alzheimer’s Society

Staff at King’s Ely Acremont Nursery have raised almost £1,500 for the Alzheimer’s Society by completing the charity’s Memory Walk in Cambridge. Thousands of people put their best foot forward by taking part in the 7km event on October 14th, including nine members of the team at King’s Ely Acremont Nursery. Despite treacherous rain on …

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alt-J star and Old Elean Gus returns to King’s Ely to speak at annual lecture

Gus Unger-Hamilton – Old Elean and member of hit band alt-J – returned to King’s Ely to speak at this year’s James Bowman Lecture. Gus is keyboardist in the critically-acclaimed British indie rock band, alt-J. The band was formed in 2007 whilst Gus was reading English at the University of Leeds. Gus started his singing …

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King’s Ely Acremont Nursery taking part in Alzheimer’s Society, Memory Walk.

On Sunday, October 14th members of staff from King’s Ely Acremont Nursery will be taking part in the Alzheimer’s Society, Memory Walk. Together we will be completing a 7k course around the picturesque city of Cambridge. Around 225,000 people develop dementia every year – that’s the equivalent to one person every three minutes. To sponsor …

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Higher Youth Tour Cambs launches with fun-filled workshops at King’s Ely

Manchester based indie pop band BrightLine visited King’s Ely to launch the eagerly-anticipated Higher Youth Tour Cambs. The event on October 1st saw the band delivering workshops to students in Years 7 to 13 based on self-esteem from a Christian perspective. The Higher Tour, which is supporting the work of the Message Trust, aims to …

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King’s Ely Junior pupil Syrah completes Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

A KING’S Ely Junior pupil has raised funds and awareness for good causes by completing the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. Syrah Simcock-Stow, 11, and her father, Edward, were among hundreds of people who took part in the quirky, annual fundraising event in Cambridge on September 30th. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a global motorcycle fundraiser to …

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Talented King’s Ely riders qualify for NSEA Championships

King’s Ely’s Equestrian Team was on top form at the National Schools Equestrian Association’s (NSEA) Arena Eventing Qualifiers. Two of King’s Ely’s teams and three of the school’s individual riders qualified for the National Championships at the qualifiers, which were held at Forest Edge Arena in Swaffham, Norfolk. The 90cms team of Adele Shaw, Ellie …

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King’s Ely’s Rebecca selected for Under 18’s National Hockey squad

King’s Ely student Rebecca Daniel has another string to add to her bow of sporting successes. The talented Sixth Form student, 17, represented the Under 18’s National Hockey squad earlier this month and participated in a two-day training camp at the Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre. Rebecca, who lives near Newmarket, was selected following …

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New Heads of School, Deputy Heads, Prefects and Heads of Houses appointed

Felix Hawes and Maria Campbell have been formally installed as King’s Ely’s new Heads of School. Over a thousand people gathered inside Ely Cathedral on September 3rd for the school’s Beginning of Year Service, which includes the robing of incoming Heads of School in their prefects’ gowns. The new Heads of School then robe the …

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Spring Tour Event – Your chance to discover more about King’s Ely Nursery, King’s Ely Acremont and King’s Ely Junior

WE know that if we could bottle the spirit of King’s Ely we would be onto a real winner, but we would like you to come and experience it for yourself. On Friday March 23rd, we are doing just that by hosting a Spring Tour Event for families interested in joining King’s Ely Nursery (ages …

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