Youth

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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Oscar Barter, from Ely, is St John Ambulance’s 2020 Cambridgeshire District Cadet of the Year

A 16-year-old St John Ambulance volunteer from Ely has won a role as one of the top St John Ambulance Cadets in the health charity’s East region. Oscar Barter scooped the title of the region’s 2020 Cambridgeshire District Cadet of the Year at a recent competition. He will represent his fellow Cadets in Cambridgeshire throughout …

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Ely College Students Rock!

For the second year running, a talented group of Year 8 Ely College music students have been given the opportunity to form a band through an innovative collaboration with The Lloyd-Reason Foundation. Five lucky students were selected for this opportunity having demonstrated raw talent, aptitude and a love of music.  The Foundation generously provides weekly …

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Compassionate Shining Examples – Wesley and Kenzie from Ely College.

During Turing House’s Assembly on Friday, Mark Cooney from Spotted in Ely surprised Kenzie Neal and Wesley Santos with a Community Star for their most amazing Random Act of Kindness. On the 8th November, Spotted in Ely got a message that warmed the hearts of the team. It read: “Sat in Prezzo and just witnessed …

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WVC Students visit Anglia Ruskin University

Students from Witchford Village College took part in a Cultural Tester day at Anglia Ruskin University where they had the opportunity to listen to, work with and have hands on experience from individuals involved in different creative industries. This ranged from “Life as a freelance Fashion Photographer”; Graphic Design and photoshop workshops; discovering what careers …

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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 students enjoy “trip of a lifetime” to New York City

King’s Ely Senior students with a passion for art were in their element exploring New York City during half term. Twenty-nine students from Years 11-13 and three members of staff enjoyed what has been described as the school Art Department’s “trip of a lifetime” to the Big Apple. Students visited some of New York’s most …

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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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Littleport and East Cambs Academy Strikes Gold for Creative Work

Students and staff at Littleport and East Cambs Academy are celebrating as the school is awarded the prestigious Artsmark Gold Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education institutions that champion cultural education. It celebrates schools that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people. …

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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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Poppy Collections in Ely with Air Cadets at Tescos Supermarket

Ely shoppers were very generous with their donations and many of those donating the most were ex-service personnel. Cadets took advantage of the RBL’s ability to claim back 25% on top of any donation above £5 by asking those donating to sign a simple form. The British Legion staff were amazed at the amount of …

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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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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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Students at Littleport and East Cambs Academy to benefit from £5,000 of DofE Diamond funding

Littleport and East Cambs Academy is delighted to have received a grant of £5,000 from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s (the DofE) Diamond fund. The funding will give young people the opportunity to experience new activities and learn new skills whilst completing the prestigious award. The DofE scheme is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading …

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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 delight at Lantern Community Primary School’s new playground facilities

Pupils and staff at Lantern Community Primary School have lots of extra space to play and learn after the opening of a new playground and sports field. The Ely primary school, part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), has settled into the new academic year with a brand-new playground which was built on the …

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Carnival Theme for the 2020 Isle of Ely Arts Festival

Building on the success of this year’s Isle of Ely Arts Festival, the organisers are busy planning an exciting programme for  June 2020 on the theme of ‘Carnival’. Plans so far include a big community concert in the Cathedral involving lots of children and musicians from local orchestras performing music from The Carnival of Animals, …

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Girls get a glimpse of what life is like as an Ely Cathedral Chorister

Girls with a love of music and singing were given the chance to experience a day in the life of an Ely Cathedral Chorister.  More than a dozen girls from across the region – and some from further afield – attended ‘Be a Girl Chorister for a Day’, an annual event organised by King’s Ely …

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Michael Spreads The Recycling Message Around Schools

A new scheme which will see children learn about the importance of recycling has been launched. East Cambridgeshire District Council’s (ECDC) waste team is going on tour over the next two-and-a-half months and will be visiting numerous primary schools to highlight why recycling should be on everyone’s radar. The project was launched yesterday with the …

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Littleport Basketball Club opens to Juniors

After over ten years successfully running adult men basketball teams Littleport Basketball Club has decided to start offering children basketball training sessions this year. With some encouragement and support from Littleport Leisure Centre the first training session took place on 18th of September with 11 participants turning up ranging from ages of 5 to 13. Sessions …

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Ely Cadet supporting Charity car wash at Ely Fire Station this weekend

This Saturday Leading Cadet Cameron Hudson From 1094 (Ely) Air Cadets will be putting on a different kind of uniform to help raise funds for the Firefighters Charity by washing cars at Ely Fire Station. Cameron’s Mum and Dad are both full time Firefighters at Ely Fire Station and this Saturday it’s all hands to …

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Family Triathlon Raises Money for Teenage Cancer Trust

A 12 year old student from Witchford Village College has raised £1,350 for the East Anglia Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of three Grandparents. For the past 5 years, Oliver Chapman and his family have raised over £4,000 for various charities. Last Saturday the Chapmans completed a sprint triathlon by cycling from Ely to Littleport, …

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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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Witchford Village College GCSE Results 2019

Students, parents and staff came together this morning at Witchford Village College to celebrate this year’s GCSEs. All of the hard work, effort and commitment paid off for the students, as they opened their envelopes containing their results. Whilst the college celebrated everyone’s achievements, special mention must go to Sophie Lewin who achieved an incredible …

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Bishop Laney Sixth Form Celebrates Impressive Results

Bishop Laney Sixth Form is celebrating today as students receive an impressive set of results. This follows its excellent first OFSTED inspection in June at which it was judged to be ‘Good’ overall, with ‘Outstanding’ leadership and management. Bishop Laney Sixth Form is part of Ely College and provides excellent Post-16 education for students across …

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Ely Squadron’s Cadet Attends British Airways Pilot Flying Experience Day

Here’s a great report from one of Ely Squadron’s cadets, Jake Bausor “Today I have had the amazing opportunity to take part in a British Airways Pilot Flying Experience Day at Booker Airfield, High Wycombe. I applied for this one off experience back in April and including me there was a total of 1800 applications …

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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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Cambridgeshire Artistic Roller Skating Club Celebrates Second Birthday

Last week Cambridgeshire Artistic Roller Skating Club celebrated its second Birthday at the Paradise Centre in Ely they kindly shared their Birthday celebrations with us. After building our club from scratch we have now reached the start of our 3rd year! 🙈 Thank you to the over 700 skaters that have come along to our lessons …

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New Musical work at Ely Cathedral for 250 local children and an eel

Ely Cathedral is commissioning leading young British composer James Olsen to write a major new work for Ely Cathedral boy and girl choristers, organ, professional orchestral musicians from the Britten Sinfonia, Cathedral clergy and altar servers, and over 250 Cambridgeshire schoolchildren, to be performed at Ely Cathedral on 22 June 2020. The new work, titled …

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Ely Talent at the British Swimming Summer Championships 2019

Ely swimmer Ciara Taylor, who is 14, travelled to Glasgow last week to compete in the British Swimming Summer Championships held at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre. Only the top 24 swimmers in each age group in Britain qualify to attend this annual event and Ciara achieved a personal best time in her Heat to …

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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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Fully-equipped: Highfield Littleport Academy receives free Premier League kit and equipment

Pupils attending Highfield Littleport Academy, in Cambridgeshire, will be looking to hone their footballing skills for the 2019/20 season after receiving their free Premier League Primary Stars equipment pack. Stocked full of items including Nike match footballs, training bibs and numbered and lettered floor markers, the Premier League equipment pack will aid teacher delivery of …

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Local teacher wins award at inaugural celebration event for her contribution to SEND provisions

A staff member at Highfield Ely Academy celebrates her award at first-ever Warwickshire County Council Children & Families event. On Thursday 20th June, Natalie Tatum, a Department Leader at Highfield Ely Academy, was presented with an award at the Children & Families Celebration event at Shire Hall.  The awards were launched this year to celebrate …

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Families flock to inaugural performing arts celebration

Almost 500 parents and community members turned out at The Peterborough Theatre this Tuesday as Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) brought together 11 of its schools in a regional Performing Arts Festival.  Over 360 students from 11 CMAT schools performed to a jampacked audience of friends, family and the local community at The Peterborough Theatre …

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Ely Air Cadets wish all our American Friends and followers a great Fourth of July

Wishing all our colonial cousins in the USA and the UK a happy Independence Day today the Fourth of July. Pictured below is Cadet Staff Sergeant Jackson Wynn whilst visiting the UK he stopped off to visit Ely Squadron and catch up with his lifelong friend and ex school pal Cadet Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue. …

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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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Ely College ‘transformed’ as Ofsted rate the school Good with Outstanding features

In its first Ofsted inspection since joining the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), Ely College has been rated Good with Outstanding leadership and management.  It has been a fantastic three years for the college, who were announced last summer as ‘Secondary School of the Year’ at the Cambridge News Education Awards and achieved some of …

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All in Sound Making Music in the Community with Ely College

Registered Charity All In Sound, is delighted that their dementia choir in Ely is still singing strong after more than a year and is proving more popular than ever.  Thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, as well as more local funding from Hopkins Homes, through Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, City of Ely …

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Royal seal of approval for Ely Air Cadet

Ely Air Cadet Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue experienced the Royal seal of approval yesterday (June 25th) when he attended his first engagement as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Cambridgeshire at the Peter Brotherhood engineering factory. Rory was recently appointed by The Lord Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire Julie Spence OBE QPM and today the 1094 Squadron Cadet …

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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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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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Local Education Trust to Host Inaugural Performing Arts Celebration

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) is bringing together eleven of its schools in a regional Performing Arts Festival, Evolve, showcase to celebrate the arts.   Over 360 pupils from eleven schools will be performing to friends, family and the community on Tuesday 2nd July at The Peterborough Theatre. Each school will perform a piece of …

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City of Ely Swimming Celebrate Four Regional Medals

As the Eastern Regional Swimming Championships drew to a close last weekend, head coach Elaine Hill was able to reflect on the Club’s best regional performance for many years.    Swimming against the top swimmers of their age from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, the club celebrates three medal winners (pictured). Maximilian Veiga …

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Ely Cadet Appointed Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Cambridgeshire

Congratulations to Cadet Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron Air Training Corps who last night at Waterbeach Barracks was appointed as Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Cambridgeshire by Her Majesties Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Julie Spence OBE QPM. Also present and pictured below Wing Commander Anthony Kelly FCMI RAFAC Officer Commanding Beds & Cambs …

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Ely Junior Swimmers Wrap up 2019 Eastern Regional Champs with Gold

City of Ely Swimming Club’s 14 years and under qualifiers wrapped up the final weekend of the Eastern Regional Swimming Championships over the three days of the Bank Holiday weekend at the UEA Sportspark, Norwich.   Competing in the 11-12 years age category, Maximilian Veiga swam in 50m &100m Butterfly, 50m & 100m Backstroke, 50m …

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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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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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Daniel ends long distance juniors Regional drought

Congratulations to Daniel Kendall from City of Ely Swimming Club who became the first junior from the club to compete at Swim England’s East Region Long Course Distance Championships since 2009. At the long distance championships swimmers aged 14 years and under achieving the required Eastern Region qualifying times, compete at 800m and 1,500m Freestyle. …

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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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10is Academy’s Team Tennis clinches 7 wins out of 8 after dominant weekend

The rain did something this weekend that not many opponents could slow down 10is Academy’s players. The 10is Academy players had a busy weekend with 8 matches to be played over the weekend. It all started on Saturday with the 8U playing at David Lloyd (DL) Cambridge against Peterborough and DL Cambridge. The 10is players …

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Waitrose Supply GCSE Breakfasts at WVC

Waitrose, Ely are generously backing Witchford Village College’s initiative and will be supplying healthy breakfasts to our Year 11 students through their GCSE exams. The initiative was piloted in November, for mock exams, proving to be very successful in ensuring all students had a wholesome breakfast before going into an exam. Debbie Walker, Head of …

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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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Hearing and visually impaired pupils’ samba rhythms to get crowds into the groove at Eel Festival

Young people with visual and hearing impairments, as well as dozens of others from local schools, will be bringing the sounds of a Rio Carnival to Ely’s Eel Day celebrations this weekend with a live samba performance. About 150 young people, some of whom have difficulties hearing or seeing, will be leading the festival-opening Eel …

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Ely Squadron NCO’s recently visited USAF Air Base in Germany

Here’s a report from one of Ely’s Air Cadets, Sergeant Luca Chadwick who along with two other Ely Squadron NCO’s recently visited USAF Air Base Ramstein in Germany for an overseas Easter camp. “On the 31st March, myself and Corporals Leah and West left for a 12 day camp at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The …

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Beds and Cambs Cadets Presented with Army Cadet Force Awards

Ely Squadron’s senior cadet, Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue has returned home after a week away with the Army Cadets on The Saint Martins Plain Army Training Ground. Flight Sergeant Donoghue was joined by four other Air Cadets from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing:Cpl Hope (Spalding) SquadronCdt Paszka (Holbeach) SquadronCpl Fletcher (Cranfield) Squadron and Sgt Keenan (Linton) …

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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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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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Ely College students return to Kenya’s Rift Valley to volunteer with their partner schools in the Nakuru slums

Teenagers and staff from Ely College have recently returned from another life-changing experience, volunteering their February half term to help disadvantaged children at the Jubilee and Ungana Academies in Kenya. Over the last several years, students from Ely College have developed a close connection with two schools in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest …

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