Youth

CRC Taster Day at Witchford Village College

Year 8 Students have been taking part in a Taster Day. Witchford Village College was selected by Cambridge Regional College to host the event, giving students an insight into the range of subjects that they offer.  Staff and current students from CRC arrived with a range of vocational based activities for pupils to take part …

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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’s first Boy v Girl Choristers Pancake Race

Ely Choristers will be holding their traditional Pancake Races on Shrove Tuesday, 25th February. This is long term tradition at Ely Cathedral but this year the girl choristers will join in the fun so for the first time there will be Boy v Girl Choristers pancake race.  Following the races down the Cathedral’s Nave, pancakes …

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1094 Squadron Visit Flight Simulator Centre

Well what a fantastic day we had on Sunday 16th February at the Sim2Do Flight Simulator Centre in Mildenhall. 1094 Squadron has been collaborating with Sim2Do and the Aviation Charity BeeFutureAviators to encourage young people to pursue a carreer within the Aviation industry within one of the many disciplines such as training to be a …

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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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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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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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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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