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  • Mental Health Talk

    Published 12/12/17

    Ely College is pleased to be working closely with Talking FreELY to help our young people open up about mental health. This great talk is coming up in the new year to raise #MentalHealthAwareness. Definitely a date for the diary!

    Check out the Talking FreELY site until then for more useful info. Our students are always welcome to chat to Mrs Riches about their concerns or how we can make a change to create an open, supportive culture around mental health in school.

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  • Congratulations to winner Ellen Olley as Palace of Westminster welcomes the Debating Champions of South East Cambridgeshire

    Published 11/12/17

    Fourteen Year 11 students from schools across Cambridgeshire gathered in Westminster last Thursday night for the grand final of Lucy Frazer’s Parliamentary Inter Schools Debating Competition 2017. 

    The competition final was judged by BBC special correspondent, Lucy Manning. 

    The motion debated in the final was ‘this house would legalise all drugs’.  Arguments on both sides were well considered, well articulated and persuasive.  

    The finalists, all winners of their school’s initial in house round, were representing Ely College, Soham Village College, King’s Ely, Bottisham Village College, Impington Village College, Linton Village College and  Witchford Village College.

    Lucy Frazer MP reacted to the evening saying, “When I first came up with the idea to hold an inter school debating competition, I could not have known that I would have so much support and positive feedback from all the teachers who make the competition possible,  giving so much of their time to helping organise the students. Four years on, the level of commitment and calibre of debating is clear to see and I am glad I was not the one judging as it was so hard to choose a winner.  I hope everyone involved, including all the students who didn’t make the final, have gained a taste for how exciting it is to have the confidence to speak in public and that they will take this forward with them as they continue into higher education and the workplace.” 

    The winning students were Katie and Ellen representing Soham Village College and Ely College respectively.

    They agreed this accolade was a great end to the winter term and a nice early Christmas present! 

    Katie said “It was a really great opportunity and really exciting to get into the final. I'm thrilled to have won and had the chance to visit parliament”. 

    Ellen added “After working on these debates in school, we were all excited to enjoy the culmination of our hard work as we visited Westminster last Thursday. We entered the House and being there in person, in this iconic building, was very inspiring.  It has given me some strong aspirations for the future.  There was some hot competition and great debaters with a lot of experience.  I’m just so grateful for being offered this opportunity. I enjoyed the feeling of a debating environment and seeing how the House of Commons works; gaining an insight into the diversity of voices.  I had never done anything like this competition before, this is a new skill which I am keen to build upon.  We have discussed the potential for a Debating club which I’m sure would be well supported in school.”

    Also present at the debate were representatives from the charitable organisation ‘Debate Mate’ whose philosophy that debating skills are the key to social mobility, higlights the importance of initiatives such as this.  

    Lucy has involved Debate Mate at the initial stages of the competition for the last few years. Debate Mate organised a training day for students selected by schools in the constituency, sponsored by Marshalls of Cambridge.  

    Representative Alex Dugan said,  “It was fantastic to see the progression in the students, from the first debating session in September to the final on the 7th December. Everyone spoke with confidence and brought some very interesting arguments, particularly when analysing the potential effects of drug legalisation on the NHS. We hope that they all carry on debating, and continue to develop the critical thinking and public speaking skills that debating develops.”

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  • Year 11 Presentation Evening

    Published 23/11/17

    We would like to invite back our previous 2016 / 2017 Year 11 students on Thursday 7th December at 6pm to be presented with their GCSE certificates. Families are warmly invited to accompany them and watch as they are presented with their certificates.

    The evening is a lovely opportunity to catch-up with old friends and teachers, as well as celebrate your achievements.  To allow us to make the necessary arrangements, including refreshments, we would be grateful if you could confirm your son / daughter’s attendance and the number of family members who will be joining them.  Please complete the online reply form by following this link:

    The last date for replies is Thursday 30th November.


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  • Newly appointed Bishop Laney Student Council visits Ely Cathedral to practice committee skills  ​​​​​​​

    Published 22/11/17

    Bishop Laney Sixth Form’s newly appointed Student Council visited Ely Cathedral on Wednesday for the first stage of training in their new roles.

    The Student Council visited the Cathedral as its staff set up for the annual Christmas Food Fair. During their visit, students gained an insight into the steps of organising and running a large scale event, gaining skills they can now implement as they organise future events at Bishop Laney Sixth Form.

    During the day, the Student Council saw each stage of setting up and the importance of teamwork in creating a successful event. They took part in a mock committee meeting, where they were able to help make important decisions and learnt to consider different viewpoints. They also learnt how to take responsibility as a team for organising and planning an event, the etiquette of working in a team and had an introduction into the types of functions that can be run.

    Adam Steels, leader of Bishop Laney Sixth Form said: “We are delighted to have been able to re-establish the Student Council at Bishop Laney Sixth Form this year. We feel it is a vital aspect of the student experience and provides the opportunity for the students involved to take responsibility and organise events, benefitting not only their fellow students, but the Sixth Form as a whole and the wider community.

    “The time the students invest and the skills they develop are recognised through the PLEDGES Plus Scheme we run at Bishop Laney Sixth Form. The scheme recognises students for their involvement in extra-curricular activities which enhances their employability and the skills needed at university.”

    Sydney Owen, Chair of Bishop Laney Student Council said: “We would like to thank Ely Cathedral for inviting us along for the day. It was really informative and hands-on and we have learnt so much that we can use in the planning and hosting of our own events at Bishop Laney Sixth Form. It has really helped us to bond as a team and we are excited for the year ahead where we will be working with other students in the school to organise a calendar of events they would like to take part in.”

    The council comprises of 10 representatives with responsibility for a range of areas including student support and welfare, as well as coordinating students’ charitable contributions. 

    Bishop Laney Sixth Form is now taking applications for its September 2018 intake. They offer a range of A Levels, technical, applied and professional qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3. If you would like to find out more information about the Post 16 provisions on offer at Bishop Laney, please contact reception on 01353 652818 or visit the website


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  • Battlefields Trip 2017

    Published 22/11/17

    Ely College students visit Battlefields, marking WWI centenary years since losses at Ypres and the Somme.

    Last week saw sixth-six Year 9 history students from Ely College take a poignant trip to Northern France and Belgium as part of their annual Battlefields visit. This school trip has taken place every year since 2003, with this year being the largest due to its popularity. Studying the losses at these historic sites along the Western Front forms a clear focus allowing students to understand the sheer scale and sacrifice involved in WWI. Experiencing the conditions and seeing the places for themselves adds an extra dimension.

    Visiting the Thiepval ‘Memorial to the Missing’ exactly 101 years to the day the battle ended, was particular moving for staff and students. Rachael Mustill, history teacher at Ely College and trip organiser said: ”We were lucky to have a guided tour from the Commonweath War Graves Commission; an excellent insight! We try and fit in as many key sites as possible over the 3 days and each year Ely College students take part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Students represented the college and our community with pride and the utmost respect. We have had wonderful feedback from parents and know that our students gain a lot from this visit.”

    After showing their respect during the laying of a wreath at the Menin Gate, students enjoy time to relax and take in the continental atmosphere. Students bond over their love of Belgian chocolate and band together, as taking a tour of the trenches means truly getting stuck in the mud together. The Cambridgeshire Regiment local historians got in touch on twitter and we have since connected to build momentum and host a centenary display in school. This is a meaningful and popular trip; one that will definitely run again in the future as students remember those fallen.




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  • Young thespians tread the boards at Mumford Theatre

    Published 20/11/17

    Ely College young thespians tread the boards and gain crucial life skills in world’s largest youth drama festival.

    Last week students took to the stage at the Mumford Theatre in Cambridge to perform an abridged adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’.  They joined young people from across the UK to take part in the world’s largest youth drama festival this autumn, run by Shakespeare Schools Foundation.

    The cultural education charity has recruited over a thousand schools across the country to perform as part of its annual Festival. These students are the latest cohort of a record 280,000 young people to have participated in the Festival since it began. 292 performance nights will take place throughout the UK between 16th October and 8th December. After months of preparation, Ely College students made their community proud as they bravely stepped onto the Mumford Theatre stage to a paying audience.


    The experience can give young people confidence and self esteem to last a lifetime. Ely College student, Sam, who took one of the lead roles this year, said: “I have made a lot of friends around school now and am a lot calmer and happier. I have learned that there is nothing to shy away from. I am proud of what we have achieved.”

    Other students added: “I was so nervous on a professional stage but now I just want to do it again and again.”   “It was a great experience, but it was challenging to learn so many lines, and olde English ones at that!”  “Working as an ensemble member was demanding, any slight movement out of place would have been noticed.  It’s taught me how important team work is!”

    Kolade Agboke, drama teacher at Ely College, said: “At the College, we work hard to provide a wide variety of opportunities for our students, ensuring they have high aspirations for themselves and go into the world as well rounded individuals capable of anything. Over the course of the night our students showed that they have these skills and more as they took on a complex Shakespearian play and made it funny and accessible to their peers, whilst retaining the dialogue and atmosphere that a paying audience fully appreciated. Their hard work shone through and they made us all proud.”


    Taking part in the Festival leaves a real legacy. SSF Chief Executive Ruth Brock says: “Every workplace needs people who are confident and can work as a team and every community needs people who can get on with other people of very different backgrounds. Taking part in the Festival teaches these things - and, crucially, it helps young people make friends and have fun.”

    Ms Seymour, Head of Drama at Ely College and Mr Agboke are determined to continue this legacy and are planning for a repeat performance of the Comedy of Errors at Ely College, Needham’s Hall on December 14th.  Tickets will go on sale later this month. The Festival brings over 65,000 people from the local community to the theatre. Of these, 43% say they had never been to their local theatre before. Join these students for another great show!





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  • Macmillan Coffee Morning

    Published 09/11/17

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  • Mother Tongue Other Tongue Competition

    Published 07/11/17

    Congratulations to the amazing Ely College students Mateusz Wojewodzki  (Year 8) and Andrew Itsaravisut (Year 11) who have just become regional winners in a national multilingual poetry competition.

    Oliwia Zawadzka in Year 9 and Weronika Uzarska in Year 11 were runner-ups.

    Congratulations also go to Maria Magyorosi, whose poem was shortlisted for the competition.

    Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a multilingual poetry competition that celebrates cultural diversity and the many languages currently spoken in schools across the UK.  It is run by the University of Cambridge and the Routes into Languages Project which aims to celebrate languages, culture and to give the students the opportunity to appreciate their heritage, using poetry.

    Students who speak English as an additional language submit a poem or a song in their own language and also write a short paragraph in English explaining their piece and its significance to them.

    Joelle Taylor, a poet supporting the competition said:

    “Some people use words as border patrols. Some use words as passports. Others use words as fences. Mother Tongue Other Tongue uses words as bridges”.

    Ely College was one of six secondary schools from the East region that took part in the competition. The winners were announced at the lovely Celebration Event at Cambridge University, as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas .

    All five students are now published poets in the Routes into Languages East Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2017 Anthology.

    Well done to all of them!

    Mrs. G. Bates, EAL Co-ordinator


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  • FREE Girls Coaching THIS WEEK!

    Published 07/11/17

    To celebrate & support The FA Girls' Football Week, we are delighted to open up our current Girls Technical Centres for FREE on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th November 2017.

    The sessions take place at the following venues:

    Ely College, Downham Road, Ely CB6 2SH 


    5pm – 6pm - U7 – U9
    6pm – 7pm - U10– U14

    North Cambridge Academy, Arbury Road, Cambridge, CB4 2JF


    5pm – 6pm - U6 – U9
    6pm – 7pm - U10– U14

    If you have a current female footballer that would like to attend the session, then drop us a line and we will book you in!

    Contact our Customer Engagement Officer Matt at

    Supporting Girls Football throughout Cambridgeshire.

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  • Success at East Cambs Careers & Skills Fair

    Published 13/10/17

    Following from the success of last year’s event the East Cambs Careers & Skills Fair returned to Ely Cathedral on Tuesday 10th October. Now in its fourth year, the fair has continued to grow and draw attention from local schools and businesses alike.

    Schools from all over the district got involved this year. We saw pupils from the North Cambridge Academy, Witchford Village College, Soham Village College, Ely College and Kings Ely attend.

    This year there was also an interactive area specifically focused on apprenticeships where students could learn more about the wide range of opportunities and support available to them for this career route. This was located under the impressive Octogan at Ely Cathedral.

    Nicki Pritchett from Ely College, who helped organised this fantastic event, said: “The skills fair provides our students with the chance to really explore some of the many options available to them after they leave school. Getting to put names and faces to some of the biggest employers in the district is really helpful and events such as this one help to build really good connections”.

    We are already planning for next year! There will be opportunities for businesses to exhibit at the fair and to get in front of local students. Businesses are encouraged to contact Economic Development Team at East Cambridgeshire District Council for exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities via You can also speak to Rebecca Sussex at The Skills Service about the event on 07931 206624 or via

    This year’s fair was kindly sponsored by Thorlabs with West Suffolk College sponsoring the Apprenticeship Area, Shearline Precision Engineering sponsoring transport and Tesco Ely sponsoring refreshments.

    Councillor Lis Every said: “The last event provided a great opportunity for both employers and young people to take time out of their normal routine and focus on the future. We hope that businesses will get to meet potential employees and students are able to explore the many opportunities for employment in the district. We are proud to be involved in the event, which echoes the council’s priority for East Cambridgeshire to continue to be a place where people want to live and work.”

    Rebecca Sussex from The Skills Service said “Skills fairs such as this offer both young people and businesses fantastic opportunities to network and make connections. There are so many different avenues that young people can take post school and these Skills & Careers fairs demonstrate that”.

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  • Year 11 Matters

    Published 27/09/17

    Please find attached the provision for Year 11 sessions running in College. These take place both at lunchtime and after school (Session 6). Most of them are open to all, but some are targeted. If you are unsure, please email your child’s subject teacher directly. Many are revision sessions for the mocks that begin on 20 November, but some are also catch-up sessions and others are for coursework. We hope that you will encourage your child to attend these sessions – Thanks, Rachael Mustill

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  • Minibus Notice

    Published 27/09/17


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