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  • Final PLEDGES & Futures Day of the year!

    Published 22/06/18

    Ely College dedicate their final PLEDGES day of the year to reflect on the world around us and the communities we support together as a city.

    Students at Ely College celebrated their final PLEDGES and Futures Day before the summer break, preparing them for future challenges and opening their eyes to their own potential to drive environmental and social change.

    Ely College students continued to build on their PLEDGES this week, earning points for their HOUSE teams (Scott, Turing, Etheldreda and Franklin) as they took part in a range of workshops. The last in a series of off-timetable days dedicated to PSHE lessons and experiences, the event saw them focus on diverse environments and their futures.


    Year 8 and Year 9 both focused on their Environmental and Service PLEDGES, exploring the impact of single use plastics and the importance of recycling. Inspired by current political issues in the media, they made a start on an art installation using plastic waste, with a hope to depict a shared unity expressed and inspired by the MP Jo Cox #MoreInCommon trend.

    Later in the day, they explored themes focusing on mental health, first aid training and personal resilience. Student showed amazing empathy when they met with external speakers to discuss the homelessness crisis.


    Year 7 students were given the opportunity to travel to London to visit the Neasden Hindu Temple and work towards their Diversity PLEDGES. Year 7 student Ben Convine said: ‘The sounds and colours of the midday Arti ceremony were so calming and the building itself was amazing and very peaceful! Everyone was so welcoming to us.’

    Year 10 students focused on the ‘Futures’ aspect of the day, as they launched into their UCAS applications and planned for their July work experience placements with a number of careers and safety workshops.

    They joined the rest of the students at the end of the day for some forward-planning as students brainstormed their Inter-House competitions and big House events coming up and the end of the year. With students leading their own learning and PLEDGES achievements, it was clear some excellent ideas have been sent in motion, so watch this space for our House Charity Day 2018!



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  • Ely College finalist for Secondary School of the Year 2018!

    Published 21/06/18

    Along with two other schools in the region, Ely College is very proud to have been nominated as a finalist for the Cambridge News Education Awards 2018!

    Representatives will attend the award ceremony at Homerton College on the 18th July. We can't wait to share the results with you all. A huge THANK YOU to parents & our community for putting us forward for this award!

    Being considered for 'Secondary School of the Year' is an honour. It is a wonderful nod of recognition for our hard working staff and students. #prideinElyCollege #cnEdAwards #finalist

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  • Lantern Community Primary School joins CMAT Trust

    Published 07/06/18

    Lantern Community Primary School, Ely, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, officially joined CMAT on 1st June 2018. The school had already been working closely with the Trust since the start of the year while the plans were approved by the Department for Education.

    CMAT was formed in 2011 and enabled Swavesey Village College – an outstandingly successful secondary school – to convert to academy status, sponsor other academies, and help spread good education practice throughout the region. All the Trust’s schools united by a shared vision and values – to provide high quality and dynamic education for all at the heart of its communities. With the two new additions, the Trust now includes 11 schools who work in close partnership, with brand new schools planned to open in the next few years in Northstowe and Corby.

    Mark Woods, Chief Executive of CMAT, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Lantern Community Primary School to CMAT. The new school will strengthen our primary school expertise and mean that the Trust is now working with five primary schools throughout the region.

    “Lantern Community Primary School have chosen to be part of CMAT, which is testament to the Trust’s excellent reputation within Cambridgeshire. The fact that it is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted shows that not only can CMAT have an impact on the schools needing additional support, but also that our Trust can learn from the already great practice taking place.”

    Paul Baddeley, Headteacher at Lantern Community Primary School, said: “Lantern Community Primary School is committed to ensuring that each of our students receives a successful education within a safe and nurturing environment. We are very excited to be part of CMAT and have been working closely with Ely College and Downham Feoffees Primary Academy for some time. I believe that together we can continue to promote and inspire high quality educational provision in our school and the children in our community.”

    For more information about CMAT, visit: or for more about Lantern Community Primary School, visit

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  • Willkommen to our German Exchange Students from Bozen in Italy!

    Published 07/06/18

    Touch down at the airport on Sunday evening! ... And so begins the home tour with our wonderful German Exchange partners from Bozen in Italy. Welcome to the students and teachers from Sozialwissenschaftliches Gymnasium! We have an action packed week of fun and friendship planned!

    Huge thank you to Mayor Rouse for his visit and warm welcome on their morning in college! Fantastic for our german exchange partners to hear about Ely and learn about the history and landscape of our fair city!

    Many thanks to the teachers from Sozialwissenschaftliches Gymnasium for their beautiful and generous gifts. While our young people are bonded by their love of travel, fun and learning, we hope Ely is forever bonded in friendship with the city and people of Bozen/Bolzano   ️   

    Back in February, Ely College student visited Bozen and northern Italy, including the Venice Carnival. Throughout the programme students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the German language and culture, as well as becoming a lot more independent as for some of them, this is the first time they go abroad without their parents!

    We hope our exchange students enjoy their time here. We take great pride in our Exchange programme and enjoy enabling students to put their language learning into a real-life context. More photos to come at the end of the week with a recap of their adventures!


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  • Year 10 Drama Workshop with Lee Griffin

    Published 07/06/18

    Our current Year 10 Drama groups are creating a piece of theatre for their GCSE devised unit, which will be performed this June.

    Their themes and topics include identity, body image and current affairs including the national surge in acid attack crimes. Many of the students were keen to explore the use of masks as part of their performance to communicate these themes; so their teacher Ms Seymour invited Lee Griffin an experienced mask workshop Practitioner to introduce the students to the theatre of mask.

    The session was a great success with the students going away with lots of ideas. Megan Godfrey was so inspired she spent the half term making her own mask for her performance piece!

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  • Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

    Published 07/06/18

    Before half term we saw Year 10 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award students complete an expedition in Suffolk. Perfect weather for a hike & students were an absolute credit to the college. Planning their route and overnight camping means this counts towards the Bronze Award! Huge thanks to staff! #PLEDGES #DukeofEdinburgh

    The Duke of Edinburgh's Award are a great way to complete your #PLEDGES in & outside of school. If students are interested in taking part in future expeditions please let Mr. Waters the Scott House Senior Tutor and Duke of Edinburgh Assessor know asap #getivolved #challenge #DofE

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  • New Health & Social Care course offered at Bishop Laney Sixth Form

    Published 14/05/18

    Exciting new course offered at Bishop Laney Sixth Form. Find out more:


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  • Get paid to study with Bishop Laney Sixth Form next year!

    Published 14/05/18

    Calling students living in East Cambridgeshire!

    Do you live in Ely OR attending Ely College? Have you received Pupil Premium in school? If so you could get paid to study next year!

    Check out our bursaries for post-16 students from September 2018. You could get £100 per month to support your study and more! Up to £1500 to support your education with a wide range of complimentary study programmes.

    Not applied to Bishop Laney yet? No problem! Applications are still open. Email: to find out more.


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  • Ely College joins East Cambs Robotics

    Published 24/04/18

    East Cambs Robotics is an initiative set up by a local automation engineering company, Innomech, to help inspire the next generation of young engineers. Working in line with the year-long government campaign 'Year of Engineering', Innomech are passionate about tackling the engineering skills gap.

    Three local schools, including Ely College, have been provided with robotics kits to participate in the VEX EDR competition; a globally organised robotics competition with 20,000 teams across 45 countries.

    A group of our students have taken up the challenge and the first robots are already underway! The first VEX East Cambs schools event, involving Ely College, Soham and Witchford is set for 10th July at Ely College. We are so excited to host or fellow East Cambs schools and partners in industry. This competition event will involve three challenges – volleyball, basketball and cube stacking. From September 2018 the teams will participate in VEX EDR 2017-18 regional competitions, with the possibility of progressing to national or even world level.

    While Innomech have given our team an amazing start and will continue to provide help publicising their achievements, it will be for the team to support themselves through fundraising. Sponsorship will be the main source of income, so if any individual or company could help support this incredible opportunity for young people please get in touch with Mr A Fisher:

    You can also follow these robotics events on Twitter:


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  • ROBOCON 2018

    Published 20/04/18

    Months of hard work and preparation paid off for our keen science club last weekend. Staff accompanied four students to Robocon 2018, hosted by Hills Road Sixth Form. One of the most exciting robotics competition to take place in Cambridge, Robocon 2018, was sponsored by Cheffins and included eight teams from schools across the region, putting their robotics and engineering skills to the test on the 14th and 15th April. 

    The rules of the much-anticipated competition were released at the launch event in November and the teams have been busy building their robots in preparation for the two-day competition. The teams were required to demonstrate the skills of their robots within a bespoke-built arena, provided by fit-out and design company, COEL. The robots had to pick up cubes and place them in designated areas of the arena. A robot that controls a cube will earn their team one point, two points if the robot puts a cube in the designated area and five points if the cube is placed in a bucket. The team with the most points won!

    Ely College student said “The competition was an amazing experience as well as an excellent opportunity to check out the sixth form and meet fellow STEM students. It's always great to see the varied and innovative approaches that other teams have used with their designs and the strategies of their robots to best complete the required tasks.” 

    Teams of between 4 to 8 members from the following schools took part in Robocon 2018: Comberton Village College, Ely College, The Perse School, Collyer’s (Sussex), Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School (Herts), Hazelwick School (Crawley), Haydon School (Hillingdon), Longsands Academy (St Neots), St Peter’s School (Huntingdon), The John Warner School (Herts) and Hills Road Sixth.

    We’re pleased to say that the Ely College team made us proud with their Dr Who themed robot and represented the college exceptionally well all weekend (especially in costume on the sunday!)

    The winning teams were:

    First Place – Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge
    Second Place – The Perse School, Cambridge
    Third Place – Richard Collyers College, Sussex

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  • Political Careers Event

    Published 28/03/18

    Ely College, King’s Ely and local political representatives come together for careers event

    STUDENTS from Ely College. Bishop Laney and King’s Ely joined forces for an innovative Political Careers Event. The event on March 23rd saw Year 9 and Year 12 students from both schools coming together to engage with local elected political representatives and to participate in a task exploring Government spending.

    The event took place at Ely College and was attended by South East Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor James Palmer and local councillors Lis Every, Sheila Friend-Smith, Anna Bailey and Tom Hunt.

    The guests were asked not to represent any particular personal or party political viewpoint, but they all spoke briefly to the students about their careers and different roles in Government. This was followed by a Q&A session. The pupils then broke into assigned groups before undertaking a Government spending task, where groups of Year 9 students from both schools, accompanied by a Sixth Form student, were asked to allocate Government spending according to how they believe spending should be distributed. It proved fascinating to see which areas of Government expenditure each group deemed priorities.


    MP Frazer said: “When considering future career choices, secondary school pupils often consider careers that they have some knowledge of - jobs they are familiar with because they know family members or friends of their parents who have these jobs or because they are common place on our TV screens and part of our everyday world. Politics may seem a bit remote. Not many of us will grow up knowing an MP or someone active in Politics and often Politics is not a subject we learn much about at school, at least not until the later years. It occurred to me that initiating a political careers event, inviting local political representatives at most levels of Government to address 13-14 year old students ahead of GCSE would give them an insight into both local and national Politics and would be a worthwhile and exciting thing to do. I am delighted that both King’s Ely and Ely College embraced this idea and that the vision has become a reality. Their idea to also hold a workshop to teach students about the role of Government was a brilliant one. I hope that today’s programme of events will give those present a better understanding of the world of Politics and an insight into Politics as a potential career choice.”


    Vice Principal Academic at King’s Ely Senior, Jane Thomas, commented: “The Year 9 pupils from both schools relished the opportunity to grapple with real world issues. They were all thrown into unfamiliar groupings and rose to the challenge of working as a team to provide well thought through solutions. Each group had a Year 12 facilitator, who played an important role in assisting with the discussions. Thank you to all the young people for their positive engagement with the event.”

    Principal of Ely College, Richard Spencer, said: “We were delighted to host the Political Careers Event in partnership with King’s Ely. The morning provided a unique and invaluable opportunity for our pupils to learn first-hand about Politics and Governance in the UK and to hear from key speakers, including councillors and politicians from their own constituencies. The day will be unforgettable for many of our students and will encourage them to engage with Politics throughout their lives.”


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