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

Beth Carberry and Ben Marshall have been formally installed as King’s Ely’s new Heads of School. Hundreds of people would usually gather in Ely Cathedral for King’s Ely’s Beginning of Year Michaelmas Term Service but obviously that could not happen due to the current circumstances.  Instead, Year 13 students came together in their ‘safety bubbles’ …

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Road in Ely to close during necessary tree preservation work in Old Palace Gardens

This week, tree preservation work being carried out in the gardens of the Old Palace, which would have resulted in The Gallery being closed to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians for two days, has now been postponed. Due to high winds being forecast, the work will not be going ahead this week and will take place …

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Choristers join forces to deliver beautiful virtual recordings

Ely Cathedral Choristers have come together – virtually – to record two wonderful lockdown songs. Missing being able to sing, live and learn together on a daily basis due to Covid-19, members of both the Cathedral’s Girls’ and Boys’ Choirs, all of whom are pupils at King’s Ely, decided to join forces remotely to record …

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Isabel victorious in Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition

A King’s Ely student is jubilant after winning this year’s South East Cambridgeshire Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition. The competition, now in its sixth year, is organised by local MP, Lucy Frazer, and sees secondary school students from across South East Cambridgeshire battling it out. This year’s competition started off as normal with Mrs Frazer visiting …

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King’s Ely Student Joint Winner of Prestigious History Essay Prize

A King’s Ely Sixth Form student has been announced as the joint winner of this year’s Peterhouse Vellacott History Essay Prize. Eleanor Wallace’s winning essay is entitled ‘The Body of a Weak and Feeble Woman’: A Study of Proactive Queenship in the Twelfth Century. The competition is organised by Peterhouse, Cambridge – the oldest constituent …

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King’s Ely Students Excel in National Science Competition

King’s Ely scientists were on top form in this year’s Cambridge Chemistry Challenge for the Lower Sixth (C3L6) competition. Students achieved three gold awards, three silver awards and five copper awards in the competition, which is organised and supported by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, St Catharine’s College Cambridge and the …

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King’s Ely Student’s Designs Shine in International Fashion Competition

A talented King’s Ely student and young fashion designer has been invited to showcase her creations at next year’s Cracow Fashion Week. Katie Wood, 17, will be exhibiting some of her work at Cracow Fashion Week 2021 after achieving second place in this year’s fiercely contested Polish Talent Support International Fashion Competition, organised by the …

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Success for skilful King’s Ely designers

Talented Fashion and Textiles students from King’s Ely are celebrating success in two exciting competitions. Year 12 student, Paige Newell, and John-Oswald Crichton, who is in Year 11, have both been highly commended in this year’s Young Fashion Designer UK contest. Paige and John-Oswald submitted some outstanding fashion design ‘mood boards’ with supporting text, where …

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King’s Ely student’s ‘Two Point Six Challenge’ in aid of The DofE Award

King’s Ely Sixth Form student Molly Whymark has raised almost £600 for a cause close to her heart by putting her best foot forward during lockdown.  Molly, 17, decided to complete a ‘Two Point Six Challenge’, not only to raise funds for The Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award, but to also try and make the …

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Hundreds of PPE face shields donated to frontline workers by King’s Ely

King’s Ely has been able to make and donate more than 800 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) face shields to frontline and key workers in the region. Every single one of the protective shields has been made by Patrick Carberry, who is Head of Design and Technology at King’s Ely. Patrick has worked tirelessly to make …

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King’s Ely wins National Photography Competition for third year running!

Talented King’s Ely Sixth Form student, Paige Newell, has been crowned the winner of this year’s ILFORD PHOTO UK Student Photography Competition – making it the third year running that a King’s Ely student has won the contest. For this year’s competition, photography students from across Britain were invited to choose one word to complete …

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Skilful King’s Ely flautist, Pim, secures DipABRSM

Talented King’s Ely Sixth Form student, Pim Mahikote, has achieved her DipABRSM with the flute. Pim, who is in Year 13, started playing the flute in Year 8 and says she loves how versatile the instrument is. She says achieving her DipABRSM (Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) with the …

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National Youth Music Theatre selection for talented King’s Ely Sixth Form student

King’s Ely Sixth Form student, Billy Pinto, has been called-up by the prestigious National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT). Billy, 16, will be starring in (subject to the COVID-19 situation) ‘Imagination’, by Timothy Knapman and Stuart Matthew Price. Directed by Richard Fitch, the production will be presented at CURVE Theatre, Leicester and for the International Youth …

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National finals are calling for skilful King’s Ely students!

King’s Ely mathematicians have qualified for the national finals of the UK Team Maths Challenge.  King’s Ely Junior pupils Yanki Ertem and Anna Ost, and King’s Ely Senior students John Lau and James MacGillivray, travelled to The King’s School, Peterborough to compete in the regional finals of the competition earlier this month. Despite fierce competition …

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King’s Ely goes all out to mark British Science Week!

Wacky experiments, fascinating lectures and some VIP guests saw King’s Ely celebrate British Science Week in style. Students and staff from King’s Ely Acremont Nursery right the way through to King’s Ely Sixth Form enjoyed a feast of events and activities to commemorate all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The Science Week programme …

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King’s Ely rowers victorious at National Junior Championships

King’s Ely students were on oar-some form at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships – bringing home two Silver medals. Sixty of King’s Ely’s rowing students travelled to the prestigious Copper Box Arena at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to compete in the Championships. The competition involved around 3,000 Year 7 to 13 rowers from …

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Prizes aplenty for skilful King’s Ely and Ely Cathedral Sixth Form Organ Scholar

King’s Ely Sixth Form student and Ely Cathedral Organ Scholar, Miriam Reveley, has won a haul of prizes in recognition of her organ playing. Miriam, 16, not only passed the examination for the Colleague of the Royal College of Organists (CRCO) – an achievement very rare for someone of school age for whom it was …

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Cambridgeshire Educational Partnership brings second Innovation Day to King’s Ely

King’s Ely was delighted to welcome pupils and staff from four of its partner schools along to an action-packed Innovation Day. The day, which oozed creativity and entrepreneurial skills, involved dozens of Key Stage 2 pupils from King’s Ely Junior, Isle of Ely Primary School, Mepal and Witcham Primary School, Robert Arkenstall Primary School and …

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King’s Ely students on top form at Microsoft’s DigiGirlz event

King’s Ely pupils were in their element at Microsoft Research Cambridge’s fun-filled DigiGirlz event – and came back to school with an award! Twelve girls in Year 8 at King’s Ely Junior attended the action-packed event with Daniel Everest, Head of Computing and Digital Innovation at King’s Ely Junior. Microsoft’s DigiGirlz programmes are organised across …

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Mental health charity receives bumper cheque from King’s Ely community

King’s Ely has raised more than £1,800 for a charity which supports local people who are struggling with their mental health. The substantial sum was raised through the ‘Memory Baubles Ely’ initiative, which was spearheaded by King’s Ely’s long-serving Head Receptionist, Rosie Holliday, in the run up to Christmas. Rosie launched the initiative to raise …

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Exciting Erasmus+ project involving King’s Ely and three European schools gets underway

Students with a love for learning languages and experiencing different cultures are reaping the benefits of a new Erasmus+ project involving King’s Ely and schools in Italy, France and Turkey.  King’s Ely has recently hosted the first student exchange element of ‘RISE the Life’, an exciting new, two-year Erasmus+ funded programme involving three partner schools …

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King’s Ely Mathematicians Victorious in National Competition

King’s Ely students were on top form in the fiercely-contested Senior Maths Challenge, bringing home a haul of Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates. A total of 51 King’s Ely Senior mathematicians took part in the competition, which is organised each year by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT). More than 200,000 pupils from across the UK …

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Success for Talented King’s Ely Musicians

Two King’s Ely musicians are celebrating impressive outcomes on the trombone and piano.  King’s Ely Senior student James Wilkinson has been offered a place with the prestigious National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) just days after King’s Ely Sixth Form student Lisa Lyu was awarded her Associateship Diploma from London’s Trinity College of …

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DofE Awards aplenty for dedicated King’s Ely students

More than forty King’s Ely students have been presented with Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award badges.   A total of thirty King’s Ely Senior students have received their Bronze badges and twelve have achieved their Silver DofE, eleven of whom are now working towards their Gold awards. King’s Ely’s latest Silver award achievers …

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King’s Barbers release their debut album just in time for Christmas

King’s Ely’s award-winning boys’ a capella group – the King’s Barbers – have recorded and released their first commercial CD.  The Barbers, who were crowned National Youth a Cappella Champions last year, headed to the world-famous Decoy Studios to record their album, which features all of the group’s favourites, including ‘Isn’t she lovely?’, ‘Viva la …

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King’s Ely Rugby squad enjoys unbeaten season – and makes school history!

King’s Ely’s 1st XV Rugby team has made school history by winning every single match they played this season.  The squad won all eleven of their games this season, putting them at the top of the UK Schools Rugby League and making them winners of the East Anglia Independent Schools 1st XV Rugby Trophy. Captain …

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King’s Ely community throw their weight behind Christmas Foodbank collection

Boxes and boxes of edible goodies have been donated to Ely Foodbank in time for Christmas thanks to community-spirited King’s Ely students, families and members of staff. The ‘Twelve Charitable Days of Christmas’ initiative was spearheaded by King’s Ely Junior and pupils in each of the school’s Houses were encouraged to bring in three different …

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Choristers set to sing their hearts out to reach out to new recruits

Ely Cathedral Choristers are set to sing to a number of audiences at concerts and services in December. It is undoubtedly their busiest time of year with Choirs of Ely Cathedral participating in approximately 30 services, concerts and recitals in the three weeks from the Advent Procession at the beginning of the month up until …

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Principal of King’s Ely installed alongside King’s and Queen’s Scholars

The Principal of King’s Ely, John Attwater, and twelve new King’s and Queen’s Scholars have been officially installed at a service in Ely Cathedral. The Admission of Scholars’ ceremony saw all of King’s Ely Senior pupils and the Scholars’ proud families coming together in the glorious setting of the Cathedral. The Scholars received their distinctive …

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Get ready for King’s Ely Senior production of ‘Made in Dagenham’

Gritty musical Made in Dagenham is being staged at King’s Ely this December.   Students in Years 9-13 at King’s Ely Senior have been busily rehearsing for the production for months and tickets – which are available for members of the public – are selling fast. Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made …

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History Week goes down a storm with King’s Ely Senior students and staff

Students and staff at King’s Ely Senior commemorated the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in style during an action-packed History Week programme. History Week is held at King’s Ely Senior each November and this year the focus was on marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre on August 16th, 1819 – and on the Chartist …

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King’s Ely Sixth Formers get their hands dirty in support of local primary school

Community-spirited King’s Ely Sixth Form students used some of their spare time to help with the creation of a new eco-garden at Isle of Ely Primary School. Thirteen Sixth Formers were part of a green-fingered team from King’s Ely who removed a huge area of weeds and prepared the soil ready for Isle of Ely …

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King’s Ely Junior pupils send Postcards of Kindness to care home residents

Kind hearted King’s Ely students have been putting pen to paper to help bring cheer to elderly people living in residential and care homes.  Year 7 and 8 pupils at King’s Ely Junior have been supporting the wonderful ‘Postcards of Kindness’ initiative, spearheaded by national care home provider, Your Health Group. The campaign was launched …

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King’s Ely and Norwich City FC RDP partnership scores three-year extension deal

Hundreds more children and young people from across the Ely area are to benefit from the continuation of an exciting partnership between King’s Ely and Norwich City Football Club’s Regional Development Programme (RDP). It was in 2016 that King’s Ely and Norwich City’s RDP joined forces to launch the Cambridgeshire Community Hub Partnership; the first …

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King’s Ely Community raises a whopping £34,000 for good causes

A feast of fundraising initiatives has resulted in students, staff, families and friends of King’s Ely topping up a total of £34,000 for the school’s charities of the year.   Over the last 12 months, the King’s Ely community has been doing all sorts of weird and wonderful things to raise money for the school’s two …

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Television and radio writer inspires King’s Ely students and staff

Writer Richard Pinto – whose credits include The Kumars at No. 42 and Elvenquest – was guest speaker at this year’s James Bowman Lecture at King’s Ely. Richard, who is a King’s Ely parent, talked to Sixth Form students, members of staff, Old Eleans and guests, including the Mayor of Ely, about his fascinating career …

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George Freeman MP guest of honour at Old Eleans’ Club Dinner

George Freeman MP was guest speaker at this year’s Old Eleans’ Club Dinner at King’s Ely. Mr Freeman is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk since 2010. He is a founder member of the 2020 Conservatives group and a member of Bright Blue’s advisory board. The …

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Prize for talented King’s Ely Photography student, Alice

A Photography student at King’s Ely has snapped her way to victory in an annual competition. Alice Edwards, who is in Year 11 at King’s Ely Senior, won the top prize in this year’s ‘Pauline’s Swamp Photography Competition’ with her striking and meaningful image, ‘Grass from the Ground’. Antonio Longo, Head of Photography at King’s …

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King’s Ely Wins National eTwinning Award

King’s Ely has won a prestigious award in recognition of its “outstanding contribution to international school collaboration”. ‘United in Diversity’- a ground-breaking Erasmus+ funded project involving King’s Ely, IES Andrés Vandelvira in Albacete, Spain and College Chaloupe Saint-Leu in La Reunion, France – has secured a British Council eTwinning National Award.  Esmeralda Salgado, Head of …

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Pupils have their voices well and truly heard at King’s Ely Choral Day

More than 180 children sang to their heart’s content at King’s Ely’s annual Choral Day. The event, now in its twelfth year, saw music-loving pupils from nine different preparatory and primary schools coming together to sing at King’s Ely and Ely Cathedral on September 17th. Activities for the day were led by renowned conductor and …

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

Solomon Boon and Charlotte Wilkinson have been formally installed as King’s Ely’s new Heads of School. Hundreds of people gathered inside Ely Cathedral for the school’s Beginning of Year Service, which saw the incoming Heads of School being robed in their prefects’ gowns. The new Heads of School then robed the Deputy Heads of School, …

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Principal and Chief Executive of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, retires

Sue Freestone retires at the end of August as Principal and Chief Executive of King’s Ely after fifteen years at the helm.  Sue became Head of King’s Ely in 2004 having previously led Sibford School, Oxfordshire from 1997. She made her mark as soon as she arrived in Ely by reversing the decision to drop …

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King’s Ely Drama team earns 5* review at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019

Talented actors and actresses from King’s Ely achieved the ultimate accolade – a 5* review – at this summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their gritty and original production, Ugly Youth.  “A theatrical triumph in every respect” and “an energetic piece, undertaken with enthusiasm and panache by its talented, young cast”, are among sterling comments made …

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Adventure loving King’s Ely students learn abundance of new skills in Lake District

Bouldering, ridge walking and trail running were just some of the activities enjoyed by intrepid King’s Ely students during an adrenaline-fuelled expedition to the Lake District. To say the 10-day expedition, which kicked off on the first Sunday of the summer holidays, was action-packed would be a slight understatement – with the group of King’s …

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Wildlife cameraman’s visit goes down a storm at King’s Ely Junior

Pupils and staff at King’s Ely Junior were in their element when they got to meet award-winning wildlife photographer and cameraman, Doug Allan.  Doug, a recipient of the Fuchs Medal and the Polar Medal (twice), was Guest of Honour at King’s Ely Junior’s Prizegiving and Service of Thanksgiving, which took place in Ely Cathedral. Hundreds …

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Students display grit and determination aplenty in annual endurance challenge

Intrepid King’s Ely students set a new record time in this year’s Martin Doyle Endurance Challenge. The gruelling and fiercely-contested timed event pits teams of two King’s Ely Senior students from each House against each other in a physically challenging combination of running, swimming, canoeing, climbing, slack-lining and an assault course. The annual competition was …

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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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