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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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  • Parents In The Loop

    Published 01/02/17

    A gentle reminder to our Year 7 and Year 8 parents, that you are invited to join us this evening (Wednesday 1st February) for the next in our series of Parent Forum meetings.

    Direct feedback from parents at the last meeting has led us to title the evening 'Parents In The Loop'. These parent driven meetings are the perfect opportunity for questions and answers as well as gaining valued insights from parents.

    Tonight's meeting will take place in our main hall at 6.00 - 7.00pm. 

    Predominantly this Forum is aimed at Year 7 and Year 8 parents.  We will be discussing and hearing your views on the transition process, the House system and tutoring, our current reporting systems and communication with home.  There will also be an opportunity to discuss our current consultation on a change to the school uniform in September 2017.

    There will be a short presentation followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.  I shall be leading the session, with other senior leaders in attendance too.  We hope you can attend and look forward to welcoming you soon. 

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  • Shortlisted Pupil Librarian of the Year

    Published 26/01/17

    Huge Congratulations to Ely College student Harry Sindle who has been shortlisted for a national award for his hard work in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC).

    Harry is being put forward for Pupil Librarian of the Year and will attend an award ceremony in Westminster later in March. This award is to recognise the contribution made by pupils who work in their school libraries, to acknowledge the skills gained and to give them the recognition they deserve, both within and outside their school community. The judging panel felt his nomination and answers to a set of additional questions showed commitment, passion and a love of the school library and reading.

    The panal announced the finalists on their website: "The Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award has gone from strength to strength and every year the standard of the nominations goes up. This not only demonstrates the extraordinary work that pupil library assistants do, but also how essential school libraries and librarians are."


    "This has, of course, made the work of the PLAA juding panel much harder! This year it has been particularly hard to bring the dozens of nominations down to just five finalists. Shortlisting is always an incredibly difficult task, and one that is made even more difficult because we know that behind every nomination there stands a young person who is daily making a huge difference to their school and their school library. We wish that we could give an award to each and every nominee. However, we could not have an award without finalists, and so we had to reduce the powerful longlist to a shortlist of five. These five outstanding young people showed all the "above and beyond" factors to gain a place on the list of finalists."


    Finalists in alphabetical order...


    Rebecca Dunville is from Wellington College in Belfast and has worked with her school librarian since September 2011. Her headteacher, Nicola Connery, says Rebecca "represents the core values required from a pupil library assistant" and her librarian, Tanja Jennings, describes her as "conscientious and dedicated."


    William Harris is from Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire and has worked with his school librarian since January 2014. His headteacher, Adam Williams, says "William's efforts are helping to create a legacy at LWC for the way in which pupils use the library" and his librarian, Sue Brown, describes him as "a quite exceptional library assistant."


    Victoria Langford is from St Hilda's CE High School in Liverpool and has worked with her school librarian since September 2014. Her headteacher, Jo Code, describes her as "an excellent role model for the other pupils" and her librarian, Jacqueline Hale, says "Victoria's contribution to the library has been huge."


    Rishi Shah is from Queen Elizabeth's School in London and has worked with his school librarian since September 2014. His headteacher, Neil Enright, describes him as "a dedicated, hard-working and extremely well-read individual" and his librarian, Ciara Murray, says Rishi has "demonstrated real motivation and creative flair in promoting the library and its benefits."


    Harry Sindle is from Ely College in Cambridgeshire and has worked with his school librarian since September 2014. His headteacher, Richard Spencer describes him as "everything you could want in a school librarian. He is calm, knowledgeable and meticulous" and his librarian, Anne Shaw, says "the LRC could not as efficiently and effectively as it does without Harry."

    We all have our fingers crossed for Harry, but even to be shortlisted and attend the awards event is a wonderful acknowledgment of the work and commintment of all the finalists across the country. Welcomed on the night by guest authors, we are sure Harry will make some lasting memories. We will catch up with Harry and Ms Shaw in March.

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  • Community

    Published 26/01/17

    As Ely College continues to support the wider local community, we ask visitors to our site to consider volunteering with this wonderful local charity working in East Cambridgeshire and the Fenland area.

    Can you spare a little bit of time to make a huge difference to a family who need support?

    Home-Start are seeking volunteers to offer support to families in your local area.  Do you have parenting experience and 2 – 3 hours a week available?

    Full training and support will be given and you will gain valuable experience and skills in a rewarding volunteer role.

    We support families who are struggling to cope for a variety of reasons, helping them gain confidence and move forward.

    Our next training courses will start on the 28th February 2017 in Huntingdon and 1st March in Westry, within school hours and will run for nine weeks.

    To talk about volunteering for Home-Start contact our friendly team on 01353 663158 or

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