|Type:||Boarding, Day School, Weekly Boarding,|
|Head:||Mr John Attwater|
King’s Ely is a remarkable school. People have been educated here, in the shadow of Ely Cathedral, for well over 1,000 years. However, we are not about historic achievements or illustrious alumni but about children and young people; and their futures.
We are a school that can take each child on a seamless journey, travelling from one section to the next, whilst welcoming newcomers at key transition stages, giving support and adapting the offering to the needs of every child in our care. King’s Ely is a family – a community that is vibrant, nurturing and inclusive.
At King’s Ely, we serve the academic and pastoral needs of around 1,000 boys and girls from the age of two through to eighteen, with boarders from seven years old. King’s Ely is located just 15 minutes north of Cambridge, one hour from London and is a short walk from Ely train station, with school buses stopping at key locations across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. We are also less than an hour from the scenic North Norfolk coast.
The adventure of a King’s Ely education enables pupils of all ages to flourish, from the children in King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery to the young men and women in our Sixth Form; and whether a student shines in a classroom or laboratory, on a stage, on a pitch or on a mountainside, our school promises an abundance of opportunity for personal development, both academically and socially.
We empower our young people to challenge themselves, to push beyond the boundaries of their own expectations and to achieve more than they ever believed possible. King’s Ely students achieve excellent GCSE and A Level results, with more than 90% gaining places in their first or insurance choice university. But our school is about much more than league tables.
Innovative approaches to teaching and learning are the hallmark of every section of King’s Ely. Through a broad and balanced curriculum, pupils develop the self-knowledge and inner resilience that will enable them to face the challenges of an ever-changing world. The aim is to create responsible and engaged young people who have developed learning habits that successfully prepare them for public examinations, higher education and the challenging world of work.
At King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery (ages 2-7), such development demands a planned, creative curriculum that is dedicated to the needs of younger children, encouraging them to be independent learners with a passion for knowledge. It requires caring experts who have the time to give younger pupils lots of individual attention and a beautiful, spacious environment that allows children to explore in order to discover the exciting world around them.
Moving on to King’s Ely Junior (ages 7-13), it demands a positive and enriching atmosphere, a commitment to unlocking potential and the development of conscientious, compassionate young people.
At King’s Ely Senior (ages 13-18), it demands exceptional teaching and a culture of independent learning, enabling students to take ownership of their own educational journeys, where results are achieved through inspiration and support, not unnecessary pressure.
Our students are encouraged to develop their creativity and critical thinking. Pupils identify the key questions they want to ask and then find answers supported through their own learning. Issues are explored rigorously from multiple perspectives and assumptions, including their own, and then critically analysed by the class. Consequently, conclusions reached are supported with reasoned arguments and evidence.
King’s Ely boasts some of the region’s most historic, picturesque buildings yet teaching facilities are modern and purpose-built. Our close links with Ely Cathedral – one of the finest cathedrals in the world – make the perfect setting for concerts and performances, a daily extension to the school’s workspace, the school chapel, and a place of outstanding beauty and spirituality.
Boarders, including the Ely Cathedral Boy and Girl Choristers, live in Harry Potter-esque boarding houses, well led by caring housemasters and housemistresses. A strong pastoral structure where childhood is respected and cherished is a key feature.
The Arts are huge at King’s Ely. Music, Performing Arts, Fine Art, Textiles and Photography are each embedded in the culture of the school, with vast opportunities for pupils of all aspirations. Recent accolades include a 5* review for our original production, Ugly Youth, at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, our boys a cappella group, the King’s Barbers, being crowned National Champions, and the school winning the Art & Craft category at the Education Business Awards 2018.
All major sports are offered, along with an impressive array of other activities, helping every pupil to realise their sporting potential. Rowing, athletics, golf, cricket, hockey, tennis, rugby, netball, equestrian, football and clay pigeon shooting – the choices are endless. The working week, which no longer includes formal lessons on Saturdays, also enables pupils to participate fully in regional and national events. Our reputation in rowing advances year on year, with our use of one of the best stretches of river in the country enabling students to train alongside Cambridge University rowers.
From the high peaks of the Himalayas to the gushing torrents of the rivers in the Alps, our unique Ely Scheme also offers boundless opportunities for pupils to learn through outdoor education. We give students the chance to undertake their Duke of Edinburgh Award at all three levels.
When it comes to value-added – a measurement monitored and published by the Department for Education – King’s Ely is in the top five Cambridgeshire schools and the top 200 schools nationally. Rather than relying solely on exam results, value added takes account of where each student started from, and the progress they made relative to other, similar students.
Only by visiting King’s Ely can you feel the energy and warmth of our community.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.
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|Type||Boarding, Day School, Weekly Boarding,|
Please contact Admissions on 01353 660707
|Mr John Attwater|
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The Old Palace, Palace Green, Ely, Cambridgeshire