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January 2017

  • Shortlisted Pupil Librarian of the Year

    Published 26/01/17

    Huge Congratulations to Ely College student Harry Sindle who has been shortlisted for a national award for his hard work in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC).

    Harry is being put forward for Pupil Librarian of the Year and will attend an award ceremony in Westminster later in March. This award is to recognise the contribution made by pupils who work in their school libraries, to acknowledge the skills gained and to give them the recognition they deserve, both within and outside their school community. The judging panel felt his nomination and answers to a set of additional questions showed commitment, passion and a love of the school library and reading.

    The panal announced the finalists on their website: "The Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award has gone from strength to strength and every year the standard of the nominations goes up. This not only demonstrates the extraordinary work that pupil library assistants do, but also how essential school libraries and librarians are."


    "This has, of course, made the work of the PLAA juding panel much harder! This year it has been particularly hard to bring the dozens of nominations down to just five finalists. Shortlisting is always an incredibly difficult task, and one that is made even more difficult because we know that behind every nomination there stands a young person who is daily making a huge difference to their school and their school library. We wish that we could give an award to each and every nominee. However, we could not have an award without finalists, and so we had to reduce the powerful longlist to a shortlist of five. These five outstanding young people showed all the "above and beyond" factors to gain a place on the list of finalists."


    Finalists in alphabetical order...


    Rebecca Dunville is from Wellington College in Belfast and has worked with her school librarian since September 2011. Her headteacher, Nicola Connery, says Rebecca "represents the core values required from a pupil library assistant" and her librarian, Tanja Jennings, describes her as "conscientious and dedicated."


    William Harris is from Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire and has worked with his school librarian since January 2014. His headteacher, Adam Williams, says "William's efforts are helping to create a legacy at LWC for the way in which pupils use the library" and his librarian, Sue Brown, describes him as "a quite exceptional library assistant."


    Victoria Langford is from St Hilda's CE High School in Liverpool and has worked with her school librarian since September 2014. Her headteacher, Jo Code, describes her as "an excellent role model for the other pupils" and her librarian, Jacqueline Hale, says "Victoria's contribution to the library has been huge."


    Rishi Shah is from Queen Elizabeth's School in London and has worked with his school librarian since September 2014. His headteacher, Neil Enright, describes him as "a dedicated, hard-working and extremely well-read individual" and his librarian, Ciara Murray, says Rishi has "demonstrated real motivation and creative flair in promoting the library and its benefits."


    Harry Sindle is from Ely College in Cambridgeshire and has worked with his school librarian since September 2014. His headteacher, Richard Spencer describes him as "everything you could want in a school librarian. He is calm, knowledgeable and meticulous" and his librarian, Anne Shaw, says "the LRC could not as efficiently and effectively as it does without Harry."

    We all have our fingers crossed for Harry, but even to be shortlisted and attend the awards event is a wonderful acknowledgment of the work and commintment of all the finalists across the country. Welcomed on the night by guest authors, we are sure Harry will make some lasting memories. We will catch up with Harry and Ms Shaw in March.

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  • Community

    Published 26/01/17

    As Ely College continues to support the wider local community, we ask visitors to our site to consider volunteering with this wonderful local charity working in East Cambridgeshire and the Fenland area.

    Can you spare a little bit of time to make a huge difference to a family who need support?

    Home-Start are seeking volunteers to offer support to families in your local area.  Do you have parenting experience and 2 – 3 hours a week available?

    Full training and support will be given and you will gain valuable experience and skills in a rewarding volunteer role.

    We support families who are struggling to cope for a variety of reasons, helping them gain confidence and move forward.

    Our next training courses will start on the 28th February 2017 in Huntingdon and 1st March in Westry, within school hours and will run for nine weeks.

    To talk about volunteering for Home-Start contact our friendly team on 01353 663158 or

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  • First PLEDGES & Futures Day

    Published 24/01/17

    Students at Ely College celebrate their first PLEDGES and Futures day

    Ely College students were given the opportunity last week to work towards achieving their PLEDGES, developing their experiences outside of the classroom and working towards their futures.

    PLEDGES are a set of curricular and extracurricular challenges that students are expected to complete during the course of their time at the College. By completing certain sets of challenges, students can achieve bronze, silver and gold awards in each PLEDGE category.

    During the day, which was the first in a series of four PLEDGES and Futures days, activities were focused around the subject of 'Making Healthy Choices'.

    Centred around their own well-being, this allowed students to gain a deeper and more meaningful insight into healthy eating, fitness, relationships, mental health and more.

    Principal, Richard Spencer, said: “PLEDGES were introduced at the College in October and are a vital part of the positive changes that we bring to all schools in the CMAT family.

    “Similar to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, PLEDGES help students develop character and responsibility that can be taken into their adult life. They encourage students to get involved with the wider experiences the College has to offer them.”

    Year 8 student, Aaron Humer, said: “I really enjoyed PLEDGES Day because everyone took part and helped each other. There was loads of teamwork and you could have fun with your friends as well as learn.”

    For those in Years 7 and 8, the activities on Friday included a mini enterprise activity making healthy living pop up books, as well as health surveys and fitness sessions. Meanwhile, those in Years 9 and 10 were treated to a series of talks and a drama production by The Upfront Theatre company. They were then joined by the Year 11s in the afternoon for an exam stress busting workshop.
















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  • Y11 Meet the Tutor Success

    Published 18/01/17

    Last nights 'Meet the Tutor' was very well attended. Our Year 11's and their parents gained some useful insights into their progress and what we can do together to make the forth coming revision season productive and engaging.

    The slideshows from the evening are now available on the website. Curriculum Leads in the core subjects each presented and Mrs Mustill went over some key dates and information. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Mustill in the first instance.

    "Thanks to all that attended the ‘meet the tutor’ evening last night. The PowerPoints will be on the College website for your reference. Well done to all Year 11 who got their applications submitted by the deadline of Thursday 12 January. You will all receive your offers by Thursday 30 March. The only part of your applications that you can now update is your contact details and each time you do this, we need to approve your application again. Attached is a guide which is produced by the Cambridgeshire Area Partnership (CAP) that informs you of the next stages including guidance meetings or interviews, communication via email, phone and letter, how you will be informed about an offer and finally how you accept an offer. Please do not hesitate to ask if you are unsure or need any help with the next stages."



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  • Food Cube Open!

    Published 11/01/17

    Food Cube open today!

    The Food Cube is open and ready to serve delicious hot and cold snacks! Ely College in partnership with our on-site catering team from Pabulum, has invested in this innovative outdoor catering facility as a creative solution to some issues raised by students and staff.

    The Food Cube offers a quick serve, queue busting solution with a full range of hot, and grab and go products provided by the school canteen. Reducing queuing time for students, so they can head off to lunchtime clubs and activities, had previously been raised by our student council, and we are happy to see the Food Cube launch this week with students to see how it is received.

    The new Student Council has recently been appointed and yesterday they met to discuss a breaktime and lunch agenda. The Student Council will meet regularly, bringing together what they have discussed at individual House Council meetings, where Student Voice Form Representatives are given a platform to voice the appreciation and concerns of the student body.

    Check out our Catering Menus and Tariffs for more information about Pabulum.

    There are plans to extend service beyond purely breaktime and lunchtime with after school and external events also having the benefit of the Food Cube.

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  • Police Recruitment

    Published 10/01/17

    Supporting our local constabularary as they support the school, please take a look at these posters Cambridgeshire Police have asked us to forward on to parents and carers in the area.

    Police recruitment evening

    Could you help make Cambridgeshire a safer place?

    Ever considered working for your police force?

    We’re giving you the opportunity to hear fromthose who have.

    We’re looking for applicants for roles within
    Cambridgeshire Constabulary and believe you may have what it takes.

    Our force is committed to creating a safer county through excellent policing and a close, trusting relationship with the people of Cambridgeshire. To achieve this, we must have a workforce that reflects the communities it serves and, currently, it does not.

    Our Positive Action programme ensures all applicants compete on equal terms. We’re looking
    for people with drive and commitment who can sign up to our values of integrity, respect and sensitivity.

    Please join us at:
    The Community Room, Tesco,
    Fordham Road, Newmarket, CB8 7AH.
    on January 18, 6pm to 8pm
    RSVP to Insp Louise Angel on 07738 025275
    We look forward to seeing you.


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  • Maths clinic

    Published 10/01/17

    'Maths Clinic' runs on a Wednesday, 3.00 – 4.00pm and is for all year groups.  Maths staff are on hand to assist with any class work, homework or maths queries. Students need to bring work with them.

    Maths revision sessions run for Year 10’s and 11’s on a Wednesday, 3.00 – 4.00pm. Maths staff will run a Foundation session and a Higher session on the specified topic (please see the attached information).

    A Higher tier ‘Stretching to A-Level’ session will run on a Thursday, 3.00 – 4.00, open to Higher tier students.

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  • Year 11 Matters

    Published 09/01/17

    Year 11 Revision Support Timetable now available on our website!  Find it here.


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