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Etheldreda House

Welcome to Etheldreda House

Happy New Year!

Christmas seems a distant memory but I cannot miss the opportunity to share with you some of the amazing things that our students did at the end of 2019.

On 22nd December we had three students go along to the Spectrum Cambridge charity wrestling event to help in a variety of different ways. Sam Donelan (E-BCR) supported the event by taking photos throughout the evening for the charity to be able share the success of the event on social media. Sam is a fantastic photographer and his efforts and shots could not be praised enough. Zofia Szczygiel (E-VCO) and Weronika Dabrowska (E-KST) went as representatives of Ely College to show our support for Spectrum Cambridge. Both girls really enjoyed attending the event and this helped to meet the criteria for their PLEDGES. One of the wrestling matches was specifically in support of Etheldreda House and a shield that was made by us was used as the prize. A big thank you to all involved especially Mr Fisher and Mr Bradley who designed the shied and worked with students to produce the final product.

Charities Day on 19th December was a fantastic day across the school with all four
Houses building a total that we have never raised before. We are extremely proud of
the £1,274.14 that we were able to raise for Spectrum Cambridge. This was the highest
raised across all four Houses. We will be presenting the cheque to Alex, which is our
liaison between school and the charity, on 3rd March. The money raised will be used
to provide young people and families the opportunity to attend a trip for an activity
that they wouldn’t have been able to do before. Our students will be able to vote on
3rd March for the activity they feel the money would be best spent on. The three
options are: Legoland, Warwick Castle and Harry Potter studios. Look out in the next
newsletter to find out what the majority vote for! We hope by giving our students this
involvement in the process it will encourage them to continue their hard working
efforts in supporting our House charity. I would just like to recognise the fantastic
effort of one of our students James Wallman (E-VCO) who designed and made a cake
for the ‘guess the weight of the cake’ stall as part of his tutor activities - it was really
something special.

We have now scheduled the date for our annual games evening due to take place on
Thursday 26th March. Last year we launched our games evening for the very first time
and it was a huge success with a range of staff, students, primary schools and people
from the community attending to support. There will be a range of activities taking
place during the evening for all to come and get involved in. Our House Council are
working hard planning a range of games, stalls and activities that will be part of the

If you have any unwanted Christmas gifts or anything that you would like to donate to
Etheldreda House to help us with prizes and tombola items we would very much
appreciate the support.

We look forward to hopefully seeing you there.

Congratulations to Meagan Allen (E-DBA) and Erin Vanhoutte (E-) on their success at
the Babylon Gallery school’s art competition exhibition. Meagan won first prize in her
age category and Erin won 3rd prize for her age category. Great to have their artistic
talents among the House.

A massive congratulations to Georgia Holgate (E-MHA) for her recent achievements in
swimming. Georgia has recently taken part in the county swimming championships
which have taken place over the course of 6 days (3 full weekends) in January and
February. Georgia has won 3 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals and achieved 5
regional qualifying times. A fantastic achievement.

I am sure that there were many other Ely College students also involved in these
championships - please do take the time to let your son/daughter’s tutor or the House
office know of any individual achievements as we would love to recognise these in

Well done to everyone in Etheldreda for such a positive start to 2020.


Mr J. Coe

Head of House – Etheldreda

Miss Gemma Bays

Senior Tutor – Etheldreda​​​​​​

Mrs J Winters

Student Support Assistant – Etheldreda


     Saint Etheldreda – An East Anglian princess. Married for political reasons to the     King of Northumberland, she preferred a religious life.
She founded a monastery at Ely in 673, and was its first Abbess.
Her shrine at the Cathedral was a pilgrimage site for centuries.

Key Contacts for Etheldreda House

House Office call: 01353 652873

House email:

Student Support Assistant – Jean Winters

Senior Tutor – Gemma Bays

Head of House - Jason Coe

Curriculum Leader PE – Jason Coe

Subject Leader Art – Lisa Edwards

Curriculum Leader Technology – Victoria Collins

Subject Leader ICT – Toyin Adegoke