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March 2018

  • 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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  • Ely College calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco‚Äôs bag fund

    Published 12/03/18

    We’d like to encourage everyone to do their ‘big shop’ at Tescos for the next few weeks and to put the blue token into the box dedicated to Ely College!

    We were thrilled to have been offered this opportunity which, could, result in either £4,000, £2,000 or £1,000 being awarded to us and our PE Dept project to “get students rowing” working in conjunction with the Isle of Ely Rowing Club.

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    Ely College calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

    Ely College P.E department is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

    Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

    Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

    Ely College is one of the groups on the shortlist.

    They hope to run a project that aims to offer a more varied approach to physical activity within the school setting, with a greater links and focus around local sports clubs in order to ensure clear pathways for progression and retention into clubs.

    Jason Coe, Curriculum Lead in Physical Education at Ely College said “The project will focus on Rowing and will aim to engage a greater number of students taking part in this unique physical activity. Ely, with the Great River Ouse running through it, has a history that we are keen to become a part of and we are looking to launch our own competitive youth team in collaboration with the well-established Ely Rowing Club.”

    Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout March and April. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

    Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

    Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

    Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

    “We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

    Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

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  • Easter Revision Sessions

    Published 12/03/18

    As we approach the Easter and Spring break, we would like to make you aware of a selection of Booster Sessions on offer for Year 11 students during the w/c 2nd and w/c 9th April at Ely College.

    Please can we ask that students report to the main reception area in time to be collected by their teacher for the start of the session. Students staying for both a morning and afternoon session will need to bring a packed lunch.

    Details regarding sign up will be going home soon. We hope you find these revision sessions helpful.

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    Published 01/03/18

    Buses are currently running. Usual allowances apply. Shoe wear will not be challenged but normal uniform rules apply. Wear your coat when travelling in and be careful on your journey. Site is clear, with the situation monitored throughout the day. All SESSION 6 and afterschool events will be cancelled for a prompt 3pm exit.

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