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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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Splash Pad for Ely campaign makes waves with Councils

Parents campaigning for a splash pad in Ely have presented their case to the City and District Councils in a bid to improve outdoor recreational facilities for families. A Working Group is now being set up to explore the proposals in more detail. A splash pad is an interactive outdoor water play park where children …

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Witchford Village College: The Female Lead

It’s an exciting time for Witchford Village College, as we grow our College community through our connection to The Learning Alliance. The Learning Alliance is a purposeful family of schools, each with its own distinct identity. Each school within the Trust offers academic rigour, excellent extra-curricular opportunities and values the arts and performing arts.  Our …

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Witchford Village College: Making the most of the Great Outdoors

As we start the cautiously optimistic journey back to normal day to day life, the entire school community at Witchford Village College is thrilled to be getting back into the classroom.  The start of a new school year always brings with it an atmosphere of energetic enthusiasm among both the staff and students and this …

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Ely College Celebrates Another Year of GCSE Success

Despite significant challenges due to Covid-19 restrictions, students at Ely College are celebrating another set of exemplary GCSE results. As part of this year’s COVID-19 restrictions, results this year were based on centre-assessed grades. These were estimated based on performance in mocks and progress assessments, as well as attainment throughout the GCSE course. Particular individual …

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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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Downham Feoffees Primary Academy Awarded for ‘Excellence in Science Teaching’

Downham Feoffees Primary Academy has become one of just 160 schools across the country to be recognised for its excellence in science. The school, which is part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), was awarded a Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) for its teaching and learning in the subject. Downham Feoffees Primary Academy’s Principal, …

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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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Two Ely residents have their poems selected to become Comic Book Illustrations

In May 2020, Babylon ARTS launched their Comic Book Windows project, commissioning local Manga Artist, Irina Richards to create a total of 60 new illustrations, one for each of the Babylon Gallery riverside window panes. This exhibition comprised three separate comic ‘strips’, two based on Irina’s own stories and one using poems submitted by the …

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Play areas in the district to re-open

Following guidance from central Government, East Cambridgeshire District Council will be re-opening its outdoor play areas on Saturday 4th July. East Cambridgeshire District Council maintains 19 play areas throughout the district and provides a range of facilities for a variety of ages from toddlers, to juniors and youths. The council has undertaken a thorough inspection of all play …

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The show must go on for CMAT Arts Festival – with celebrity endorsement!

The show goes on for Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust’s (CMAT) Arts Festival after initial plans were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Staff and students across CMAT have taken the opportunity to move their talents to the virtual stage, with the online festival already receiving endorsement from celebrities including Matt Allwright, star of The One …

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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 students record beautiful virtual tribute to NHS workers

Musicians from King’s Ely have joined forces (virtually!) to record a song in honour of the work being carried out by NHS and frontline workers. Around 60 pupils from King’s Ely Junior and King’s Ely Senior feature in the recording of ‘Like A Rainbow Shining’, a song written by British composer, Will Todd. Students recorded …

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Happy 99th Birthday to the Duke of Edinburgh from 1094 Ely Squadron

Happy 99th Birthday to the Duke of Edinburgh. So many Air Cadets and Adult Staff have benefitted from participating in The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Here is a photo of The Duke speaking with our Officer in Charge Flying Officer J Donoghue RAFAC 36 years ago when 444 (Shoreditch) Squadron won The Sir Alan …

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Promotion for Ely Cadet

Congratulations to Ely Squadron’s newly promoted Cadet Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue who was appointed by Wing Commander Anthony Kelly FCMI RAFAC Officer Commanding Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing following Rory’s successful CWO promotion board interview on Sunday morning. CWO Donoghue has enjoyed a remarkable cadet career over the past 5 years fully embracing all that the …

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Cambridgeshire Music’s Second Online Orchestra Challenge

Hot on the heels of the success of Cambridgeshire Music’s first Online Orchestra, we’re pleased to bring you news of the music education hub’s second Online Orchestra challenge! For the first challenge, you may recall that Cambridgeshire Music transported everyone to the sunny beaches of Hawaii with a heart-warming performance of the classic theme tune …

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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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CMAT are preparing to welcome Children back to Schools

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) runs five primary schools in the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire area. Mark Woods, CEO of CMAT, said: “As a Trust, we are continuing to closely follow the guidance being provided by the Government in relation to the reopening of schools. “We are working hard to be prepared to welcome more students …

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Virtual Evensong featuring Ely Choristers raises £770k for charity

A star studded live broadcast of Choral Evensong featuring 2 choristers from Ely, has attracted a global audience of 19000 and raised £770,000 for charity. Amongst the 250 singers who took part in the live broadcast on May 19th were Alfie Bottley aged 12, and Mimi Hughes aged 15, both of whom are choristers at …

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Cathedral chorister joins star studded line up for Evensong

A young chorister from Ely Cathedral has been chosen to be part of a star studded line up to record a Virtual Choral Evensong, which will be broadcast live on YouTube on Tuesday (May 19th).   Alfie Bottley, aged 12, is one of several choristers from York Minster, Ely, Norwich, Wakefield, Winchester Cathedrals and Westminster Abbey, …

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1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets Lockdown Aero-Modelling Club remembers The Dambusters

77 years ago on the 16th and 17th May Nineteen Lancaster bombers from 617 Squadron took off on operation Chastise to bomb the Dams of the German industrial heartland using purpose-built “bouncing bombs” developed by the British engineering genius Barnes Wallis. The operation later became known as the Dam Busters Raid but tragically 56 aircrew …

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Local WVC NHS Fundraiser gathers momentum

Witchford Village College have been at the forefront of an NHS fundraiser since the college closed, just prior to lockdown. The fundraiser for the Addenbrookes Charitable Trust, challenges students, staff and the local community to walk, run or cycle 5K for the NHS and donate to their JustGiving page. Another eight local schools have now …

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LECA Working on PPE for the Community

Community Support During COVID-19 Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy staff and students have been busy over the last two weeks making PPE for NHS, Care Home Staff and front line workers in the Littleport Community and beyond. We’ve hand crafted over 300 visors in one week and have delivered these to St George’s Medical Centre, …

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Eel Day 2020 – Community “Colour me in” Eel

Fascinating Fens are collaborating with Visit Ely and Babylon Arts Gallery to bring you a great community event inspired by the Fens and Eel Day 2020.  Sadly, due to current circumstance, we can’t bring you our bright and colourful Eels that parade down the High Street and Forehill, but here’s an idea you may like …

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Cambridgeshire’s first Online Orchestra

Aloha! We’re delighted to unveil the very first performance by Cambridgeshire’s Online Orchestra – in a specially arranged version of the classic TV theme tune for Hawaii Five-0. Cambridgeshire Music received more than 60 video and audio recordings from 50 different musicians across Cambridgeshire and further afield – including one of Cambridgeshire Music’s former students …

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More photography awards for creative King’s Ely students!

Three King’s Ely students have snapped their way to victory in a national photography competition. There were more than 1,500 images submitted in this year’s Beyond the Frame student photography competition, on the theme ‘Through my Eyes’. The contest is organised by Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) and attracts entries from across the UK. …

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Is there really Hidden Treasure in Ely? Do you think you could find it…

Visit Ely may not be able to deliver our unique ‘escape room challenge’ right now, but we’ve come up with a fun alternative. Have a go at trying to locate the missing treasure that is still said to be located within the medieval walls of Ely! Download ‘Ely Pilgrim’s Lost Treasure’ for just £5 and …

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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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Ely City Crusaders Awarded Funding to Revamp Football Facilities

People living in Ely are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities. Ely City Crusaders have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to improve the quality of the grass pitches at Ely City Football Club on Downham Road.  The Football Foundation is the UK’s …

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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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A Whirlwind Weekend Results in Victory for 1094 City of Ely Squadron

This weekend saw a whistle stop tour of Central and East’s Regions top Squadron’s for Regional Commandant Group Captain Nigel Gorman and Warrant Officer Mark Giddings. In previous weeks each of the Regions Six Wing Commanders had nominated their best Squadron to compete in The Morris Trophy Competition for the best Air Training Corps Squadron. …

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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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Ely Air Cadet Meets The Princess Royal On a Flying Visit

Cadet Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron Air Training Corps Royal Air Force Air Cadets met The Princess Royal last Friday at RAF Wyton. In his role as The Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Cambridgeshire, Flight Sergeant Donoghue was in attendance at the MAGPAS air ambulance base on the runway of RAF …

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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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Ely Squadron’s Flight Sergeant Shortlisted for Westminster Award

Congratulations to Ely Squadron’s Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue who has been shortlisted for the Westminster Award and now moves forward to the next stage in selection for this tri service national award. The CVQO Westminster Award is an annual competition designed to recognise and reward the most deserving CVQO learners. CVQO is a UK education …

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Babylon Gallery has been Submerged!

On Saturday 1st February, Babylon Gallery opened their new environmental exhibition, ‘Submerged’ and invited visitors to create their own creatures to add to the underwater scene. The gallery had over 130 visitors in the first weekend and, with submissions from local schools, including the art club at Ely St. Mary’s Junior School, the shoal of …

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City of Ely Swimming Club 2020 County Swimming Report

City of Ely Swimming Club has once again produced impressive results at the Cambridgeshire ASA County Swimming Championships held over the last few weeks in Whittlesey and Cambridge. There were individual placings for Maximilian Veiga was crowned Top 13 Year Old Boy and Georgia Holgate came 2nd in Top 13 Year Old Girl and Daniel …

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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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WVC Students involved with VC Heritage Project

Witchford Village College is excited to be supporting The Cambridgeshire Village Colleges Heritage Project delivered by Viva Arts and Community Group and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The community project is gathering personal stories from village colleges across the county. It will combine oral history and research with travelling exhibitions, film and learning resources. …

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Scouts Receive Generous Donation from The Archers

Sutton Scout group received over £200 from the Ely Archers after their annual fundraising raffle. Every November Ely Archers hold their annual Portsmouth archery competition; in which archers attend from numerous counties. Every year, the club also hold a prize raffle, with funds being raised for a chosen charity. Sutton Scout Group were proposed as …

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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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Submerged – An Environmental Exhibition

We’re imagining that the river levels have risen and that the Babylon Gallery has become submerged, in this new exhibition developed by Babylon ARTS. There is growing awareness of the water management systems and structures that are in place to drain the Fens and manage the waterways. This exhibition is a creative exploration of what …

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Waitrose & Partners Community Matters helps 1094 Ely Squadron

From 1st February 2020 for one month if you are shopping at Waitrose and receive a green token please place it in the slot for 1094 (Ely) Squadron. The more tokens we receive, the more money the Squadron receives. Ely Air Cadets are currently fundraising for a replacement minibus which is vital for transporting cadets …

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Top start to 2020 at London Aquatics Centre for Barracudas

City of Ely Swimming Club are celebrating an amazing start to 2020 being crowned Top Visiting Club at the Borough of Waltham Forest Swimming Club’s New Year Meet at the London Aquatic Centre.  Swimming at the Olympic pool inspired Ely’s swimmers to win 32 Gold, 21 Silver and 14 Bronze medals and an impressive 152 …

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New Cadets Enrolled at 1094 Ely Squadron

Seven new cadets were enrolled this week at Ely Squadron by our Squadron Padre Allan Jesson. Other awards presented included; twelve heart start badges and certificates, six blue gliding wings, seven blue leadership badges, eight certificates for representing the Wing at sports plus, Leading Cadet, Senior Cadet and Master Cadet Classifications and last but not …

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WVC visit ‘Eyes on the Prize’ event at ARU

Yesterday, our Year 9 students attended the ‘Eyes on the Prize’ event at Anglia Ruskin University. The event, run by the University Schools Engagement Team, aimed to raise students’ aspirations making University accessible to everyone. The morning started with a tour of the campus with an undergraduate, the first time for most of our students …

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STEM opportunities for WVC students

Twenty Year 9 Engineering students attended an event at Stainless Metalcraft in conjunction with Cambridge University to experience an engineering environment. Working in teams, our students really enjoyed building bridges out of scrap paper in such a manner as to understand how materials work under stress. They competed against each other and an apprentice’s team …

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Prizes awarded to young people across East Cambridgeshire for their creative art works

For the 11th year running, Babylon Gallery is hosting the East Cambridgeshire Schools’ Art Exhibition from Friday 10th to Sunday 26th January.  The exhibition was opened at a special launch party on 9th January, attended by the Mayor of Ely and over 120 children and their family members who came to see the work exhibited.  …

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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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Cathedral event in search of ‘would be’ Choristers

In a bid to encourage new recruits for the Choir, Ely Cathedral is inviting children from schools across the region to find their singing voice at a specially organised event on Saturday 18th January 2020. ‘The Chorister Experience’ is specifically aimed at boys currently in years 2 and 3, inviting them to participate in musical …

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Youth Acts UP – Little Downham Present: Annual Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The cast of Youth Acts UP who are aged 7- 16, will perform a Pantomime written by local Little Downham children’s author Peter Crussell. They will have you laughing and singing to a host of memorable songs and with a few surprises in store you will go away with a fantastic memory. This is their …

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East Cambridgeshire Schools’ Art Exhibition

For the eleventh year running, Babylon Arts and Ely-Hereward Rotary Club are hosting the East Cambridgeshire Schools’ Art Exhibition at the Babylon Gallery in Ely. The exhibition features 10 schools, including the work of over 200 local children and young people, ages 4 – 19yrs. Three prizes of art materials will be awarded in each …

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Cambridgeshire based charity Centre 33 are asking for donations to help young people with their mental health this Christmas

We know that Christmas can be a difficult time for some young people and we want to support them through it. We are asking our supporters to help us raise £3,000 this Christmas to provide counselling sessions for up to 15 young people to help them manage through the festive period. Centre 33 are a …

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Another Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at 1094 Ely Squadron

Congratulations to Ex-Cadet Sergeant Emily Pieters on completing her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Emily aged out from Ely Squadron this year but continued with completing her Gold Award over the summer into Autumn. For her Residential Emily chose to Sail the west coast of Scotland for a week working as a team on board …

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Scout’s Santa Brings Joy To Fen Villages

1st Sutton Scouts have once again spread festive cheer through fenland villages raising spirits and much needed funds for their new hut appeal. Villagers old and young from Haddenham, Witchford and Sutton were delighted with the vision the group created and thrilled to chat with Santa and be treated with specially made reindeer’s noses. The …

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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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Ely College students back Labour in ‘mock’ General Election

Following a very successful event run in the 2017 General Election, students at Ely College were once again given the opportunity to have their opinions heard at the ballot box. As part of the college’s PSHE curriculum, all students took part in a ‘mock’ election process, complete with ‘hustings’ visits from each of the South East …

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Students and staff raise £5,000 for the Malcolm Whales Foundation through an amazing 12 Hours of Sport fundraiser

On Friday December 6th, 276 students from Witchford Village College participated in an annual 12 Hours of Sport event. The event raised valuable funds for The Malcolm Whales Foundation, a charity who raises money for those affected by cancer. The students participated in sports from 07:00am to 07:00pm, ranging from Trampolining, Ultimate Frisbee, Festive Run, …

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