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May 2021

  • Phone Lines ARE BACK

    Published 17/05/21


    Next Day AM: Phone Lines are back to normal working order. Thank you for your patience.

    Normal service will resume.


    1:30pm Contingency Contact Numbers published.

    12:50 PM 📞 We are currently experiencing issues with our outgoing & incoming phone lines. We are hoping this is a temporary issue with an imminent fix, but please watch this space (our socials & website) for an update.

    If you urgently need to contact us, please use our temporary mobile number 07922 085971. Thank you for your patience at this time especially delaying non-urgent calls so the line is open. 📞

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  • Lockdown Locks get the Chop for Charity

    Published 11/05/21

    Family 'thrilled' as pair's lockdown locks raise charity cash

    Full story: Ely pair grow lockdown hair for Little Princess Trust | Ely Standard

    Liam and Emily Rutterford before (above) and after their haircut (right). They have raised over £430 for the Little Princess Trust and will donate their hair (right) to the charity. - Credit: Family

    A mother of two children who have raised funds for charity after growing their hair for at least two-and-a-half years said she is “thrilled” for their achievements. 

    Emily Rutterford, a year eight pupil at Ely College, and her brother Liam decided to grow their hair for the Little Princess Trust, which would later be cut off. 

    “Liam had been growing his hair since December 2018 and Emily since April 2017, and we really decided on the fundraiser page as boys don't tend to grow their hair so much,” Paula Rutterford, Emily and Liam’s mum, said. 

    The family are no strangers to contributing to charity, though. 

    Paula said she and Emily have previously donated hair to the Little Princess Trust, and since promoting their latest charity efforts last month, they have since raised over £430. 

    “All the family are thrilled and very appreciative that so many wonderful people have sponsored them,” Paula said. 

    Writing on our social pages, Ely College shared their student's fundraising link with the wider school community, helping Emily and her brother increase their grand total: “Huge congratulations to Year 8 Franklin student Emily and her brother."

    We are thrilled to promote good news like this and help Emily raise awareness for her family's chosen charity. This all counts towards PLEDGES... inside and outside the classroom!! If any student or school community member has a similar story or good cause, just let your form tutor know so we can SHARE, CELEBRATE and record it on your PLEDGES journey!

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  • Ely College awarded the SILVER Artsmark for their ongoing commitment to their arts provision

    Published 07/05/21

    Pupils and staff at Ely College are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award.

    Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports them to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education across the whole curriculum, bringing learning to life for children and young people.

    In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, Ely College had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.

    Ely College was supported by Festival Bridge in planning and developing their objectives. Festival Bridge ( worked alongside the school at various stages to support their Artsmark Award achievement.

    The Artsmark assessor commended Ely College on not only their outstanding art, music and drama departments but their cross curricular provision and impressive creative Design and Technology environments.

    They also noted that well established community partnerships, such as those with the Babylon Gallery, were a launch pad towards Gold: 'Pupils access a consistent range of experiences with local artists and arts organisations in and out of school which leads to showcasing within school and the immediate community. This has continued through lockdown with pupils having the opportunity to see digital performances, perform in virtual concerts and work in bubble ensembles'.

    On receiving the award, Principal Simon Warburton said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Silver Award. We are committed to delivering a high-quality arts and cultural education and we look forward to continuing to grow with Artsmark.'

    'This award demonstrates our clear commitment to the value of arts experiences and education for our students and the wider community.  The launch of our whole college show in the Autumn term is one of many activities that will enable us to work towards the Gold Artsmark.'

    Dr Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said:

    “I would like to congratulate Ely College on their Artsmark Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, balanced and creative curriculum, young people have the opportunity to develop character and resilience, increasing their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them through to adult life.”

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