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  • Site Visit with Skanska

    Published 29/03/17

    Helping to attract the next generation of construction workers

    Students from Ely College were invited to attend the North West Cambridge Development construction site and learn from contractor Skanska about the wide-variety of career opportunities available in the construction industry.

    Skanska is working on the North West Cambridge Development as the site wide infrastructure contractor, which will create a new district in Cambridge with homes and community services for the area.

    Over 20 Year 9 students and four teachers took part in a tour of the development. The students are currently studying construction and engineering courses run by Ely College.

    David MacKintosh, who teaches design and technology, at Ely College, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience what it is like to work in the construction and engineering industries. We are excited to be working with Skanska to give our construction and engineering students the chance to enhance their learning experience by visiting the North West Cambridge Development. 

    “As part of college’s 14 to 16 curriculum, we value vocational courses as they can lead into apprenticeships, closing the much talked about skills gap.  Links with industry leaders such as Skanska help bring the real world into the classroom and can expand the classroom into other environments.”

    Sandra Nicholls, Public Liaison Officer, at Skanska, explained: “We recognise that we need to attract more people into the industry to fill the current skills gap. To do this we need to change people’s perceptions of our industry and demonstrate the wide range of career opportunities it has to offer.

    “Our purpose is to build for a better society and we do this by delivering some of the country’s biggest construction and infrastructure projects that make a positive difference to the communities surrounding them, like this project and Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.”

    The day concluded with a presentation from Skanska graduates who explained how they became part of Skanska’s graduate scheme, its benefits and the positive experience they have had so far.

    The North West Cambridge Development will open in phases throughout 2017. For more information visit,

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  • Finalist: Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award

    Published 29/03/17

    Ely College student reaches finals of the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Awards in Westminster

    Ely College student, Harry Sindle, was one of five students shortlisted from school librarians across the UK to attend the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Awards in London last week.

    The award ceremony, held at Portcullis House Westminster, was hosted by the School Library Association and the CILIP School Libraries Group in order to recognise the valued assistance of pupils who help within their school libraries. Bestselling author Cathy Cassidy also attended the event along with school librarians, representatives from literacy organisations and publishers.

    Being a finalist for the award recognises the impact of Harry’s work at the College and its library. Principal of Ely College, Richard Spencer, said: “The work that student librarians do at the College is invaluable and enriches not only the library but also each student’s personal development. We are incredibly proud of Harry for getting to the final of this nationwide competition – it is an incredible achievement.

    “We would also like to thank the rest of our student librarians, who are incredibly dedicated in helping out at the school library in their spare time, and Anne Shaw, our Learning Resource Centre Manager, who does a fantastic job to nurture and encourage our students and their love for literature.”

    Each finalist was championed by an author. Harry’s champion was Tamsyn Murray, who gave a porting speech about Harry. The event was attended by 20 successful authors who all presented the finalists with a personal signed copy of their latest book.

    The event was sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators; Authors Aloud UK, a company specialising in organising author visits; EES for Schools, an organisation that provides a range of specialist education services; leading children’s publishers Hachette and Macmillan; and MLS, a company that produces high specification library systems for schools.


    Barbara Band, Chair of the Judging Panel and founder of the award said “Week after week many students support the libraries in their schools by giving of their time and effort. Sadly, this is too often unrecognised and unrewarded. Yet these students are not only helping to create a lively and effective library that responds to the needs of its users, they are also gaining valuable skills and experience in the process. This award was created to recognise that work and also to highlight the unique synergy that occurs when a pupil becomes a library assistant.

    “Pupil library assistants are a valuable element in the running of school libraries – giving service to the school but also gaining skills and confidence from the work they do in the library, which ultimately feeds back into their academic achievement and their motivation.”

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  • NEW Hair & Beauty Salon - Coming Soon!

    Published 29/03/17

    Introducing a new professional Hair and Beauty Salon at Ely College and Bishop Laney Sixth Form...

    The Hideaway

    Bishop Laney Sixth Form is proud to announce a new addition to the range of experiences and services that we can provide to our young people and the community around us.

    The opening of our rejuvenated training facilities and launch of a new commercial salon for Hair and Beauty will provide students with an opportunity to receive expert training in a professional environment, supported by fully qualificed and experienced staff.

    Look out for further news on the launch of The Hideaway Salon; this fantastic training facility based in the Bishop Laney Skills Centre at Ely College is a realistic working environment where our students develop their skills on paying clients.

    Although the services are provided by our students, they are all monitored by trained professionals, ensuring the service clients receive is of the highest standard. To encourage the public to make use of the services, costs are discounted, however, our aim is to provide you with the kind of relaxing and enjoyable experience you would expect from any high street salon.

    The hairdressing and beauty therapy salon is well equipped and maintained to a high standard. Due to being run by students, the Hideaway Salon will be open during term time only, Monday to Friday. Opening hours are subject to availability so booking in advance will be essential. All welcome; we look forward to seeing you at the Hideaway in Autumn 2017.

    A price list and booking details will be made available in due course on the Salons dedicated page:

    Interested in studying Hairdressing at Bishop Laney Sixth Form?

    Limited places are still available for September 2017. Contact us now to find out more and take the next step in your professional development.

    At Bishop Laney Sixth Form, the emphasis is firmly on preparing students for a future career, or to pursue further qualifications.  Throughout the Hairdressing course, we encourage students to develop their customer service skills and professionalism within the salon; using The Hideaway as full commercial salon in daily operation, students see first-hand what this career choice can offer them with every opportunity to achieve their ambitions.


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  • Red Nose Day Beat the Goalie

    Published 21/03/17

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  • NOTICE: Trips this week!

    Published 21/03/17


    Y9/ Y12 Cadbury's World Trip:

    Dear Parents and Carers

    We will be leaving the school this Thursday at 8:30 for our trip to Cadbury World.  Students are expected to assemble in the Needhams carpark for 8:25 for a departure at 8:30.  All students will be expected to arrive in their school uniform and students must remember to either bring a lunch or money to purchase goods at Cadbury World, if they are receipt of a free school meal they must go to the dinner hall prior to our departure.

    We anticipate to return by approximately 17:45 dependent on travel and students will be able to text as we arrive closer to the College.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me


    Mrs J Coggins

    Berlin Trip:

    I wanted to send a final email before our departure on Thursday.

    Departure: Please ensure your child is at College at 05:15 on Thursday 23 March. We will load the coach from Needhams playground. We aim to leave by 05:30. Please remember not to park in front of the gate or in the playground itself.

    Food: Students should have food to keep them going for breakfast and lunch, although there will be an opportunity to buy food during the day and a snack on the flight. The first meal that students will be eating is an evening meal at the hotel.

    Luggage: A reminder that we will be checking luggage in. It can be one piece not exceeding 23 kg and no bigger than 90cm X 75cm X 43cm including the handle, pocket and wheels. The hand baggage can be no bigger than 56cm X 45cm X 25cm. There must be no liquid over 100ml in the hand baggage.

    Updates: Please remember that I will be posting news and updates including photographs onto the College Facebook and Twitter accounts

    Attendance: Please make every effort to ensure your child is at College on Monday 27th March. If students are unable to come in at 08:30, please make every effort to be in for 11:20.

    Weather: It is looking good at the moment. 13/14 degrees and no rain. Fingers crossed! However, please ensure your child has a coat that is waterproof  because we will be outside lots.

    Should you have any queries at this stage, please email me on


    Mrs R Mustill

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  • National Funding Formula Consultation

    Published 13/03/17

    National Funding Formula Consultation

    Please see below documents regarding the National Funding Formula Consultation. We are concerned that reducing school led funding in favour of maximising pupil led factors offers less certainty of funding for schools and unfairly penalises small schools. We also believe the school led funding figure should be increased to bring it in line with the current national average.

    Please send your consultation response to:

    Should you wish to express your concerns, here are the contact details:-

    The Rt Honourable Justine Greening MP,
    Secretary of State for Education,
    House of Commons,
    London SW1A 0AA

    The Rt Honourable Nick Gibb MP,
    Minister of State for School Standards,
    House of Commons,
    London SW1A 0AA

    Neil Carmichael,
    Chair of the Education Committee,
    House of Commons,
    London SW1A 0AA

    The Rt Honourable Philip Hammond MP,
    Chancellor of the Exchequer,
    The Correspondence and Enquiry Unit,
    1 Horse Guards Road,
    London SW1A 2HQ

    Lucy Frazer QC MP,
    House of Commons,
    London, SW1A 0AA

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  • Scholastic Book Club

    Published 09/03/17

    Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running!  Go to to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards. These will be used to buy books for the LRC.

    Please place your order online by 20th March, 2017.

    If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Mrs Shaw:

    Why shop with Scholastic Book Clubs?

    • Earn free books for your school.
    • Enjoy free delivery to your school.
    • Discover great new books from only £1.99.

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  • Easter Revision Sessions

    Published 07/03/17

    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 3rd and w/c 10th 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.

    Sign up sheets have gone home via InTouch but can also be found attached below.

    We hope you find these revision sessions helpful.

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  • 2ND pledges & Futures Day

    Published 24/02/17

    Students at Ely College celebrate diversity at their second PLEDGES and Futures day

    Ely College students explored themes of citizenship, democracy and British diversity in their second PLEDGES and Futures Day, aimed at developing their knowledge of issues outside of the classroom.  

    All students from Years 7 to 10 took part in a range of sessions based on the overall theme of diversity, looking specifically at the campaign for universal suffrage in the UK, British identity and migration to the UK.

    Richard Spencer, Principal of Ely College, said: “The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was a pleasure to see them all helping one another whilst developing their understanding of our modern British society. PLEDGES and Futures days play a vital part in helping our students to develop key skills and knowledge that will benefit them throughout their lives and prepare them for life outside of the classroom.”

    As part of the day students were treated to an assembly led by an organisation called HOPE Not Hate, which advocates diversity and seeks to challenge and defeat the politics of hate and extremism within local communities. Former mayor and current Academy Councillor, Lis Every, also visited the College as part of the day to work with Year 9s on the impact of local democracy and to teach them about her role as mayor.

    PLEDGES and Futures days were introduced to the College in October and are a vital part of the changes that are introduced to all schools in the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust family of schools. 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. There will be two more PLEDGES and Futures days across the course of the academic year.


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  • Thai Meal Charity Night for the Kenya Project

    Published 24/02/17


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  • Half Term Booster Sessions

    Published 10/02/17

    As we approach the half term break, we would like to make you aware of a selection of Booster Sessions on offer for Year 11 students during the w/c 13th February 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.

    We also intend to run a full suite of revision and booster sessions over the Easter Break, details of which will be sent out shortly.

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