We know that if we could bottle the spirit of King’s Ely we would be onto a real winner! Our friendly Admissions and Marketing Team will be on hand to share some of that spirit with you at the Independent Schools Show – come and meet us at stand 514.
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire, King’s Ely is an independent co-educational day and boarding school built on a fascinating history stretching back over 1,000 years.
We serve the academic and pastoral needs of around 1,000 boys and girls from the age of 2 to 18, with boarders from 8 years old. King’s Ely is located just 15 minutes north of Cambridge and 50 minutes from London King’s Cross, with direct rail links to both. We are also less than an hour’s drive from the scenic North Norfolk Coast.
The adventure of a King’s Ely education enables pupils of all ages to flourish, from the children in King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery to the young men and women in our Sixth Form. Whether a student shines in a classroom or laboratory, on a stage, on a pitch or on a mountainside, our school promises an abundance of opportunity for personal development, both academically and socially.
We empower our young people to challenge themselves, to push beyond the boundaries of their own expectations and to achieve more than they ever believed possible. King’s Ely students achieve superb exam results, with more than half of all GCSE grades achieved this year being the equivalent of A*s and As, and a third of all A Level grades achieved being A* and As. More than 90% of our students gain a place at their first choice university of institution each year; not just in the UK but across the world.
However, King’s Ely is about much more than exam results and league tables. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning are the hallmark of every section of the school. Through a broad and balanced curriculum, pupils develop the self-knowledge and inner resilience that will enable them to face the challenges of an ever-changing world. Our students are encouraged to develop their creativity and critical thinking through independent learning. The aim is to create responsible and engaged young people who have developed learning habits that successfully prepare them for public examinations, higher education and the challenging world of work.
At King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery (ages 2-7), our creative curriculum is dedicated to the needs of younger children, encouraging them to be independent learners with a passion for knowledge. Caring experts have the time to give younger pupils lots of individual attention, while the beautiful, spacious environment allows children to explore in order to discover the exciting world around them.
As children develop, so do their learning habits. At King’s Ely Junior (ages 7-13), a commitment to unlocking each individual’s potential and a positive, enriching atmosphere enables pupils to become conscientious, compassionate young learners.
Moving on to King’s Ely Senior (ages 13-18), exceptional teaching and a culture of independent learning empowers students to take ownership of their own educational journeys, where results are achieved through inspiration and support, not unnecessary pressure.
Music, Drama, Art, Textiles and Dance are each embedded in the culture of King’s Ely, with vast opportunities for pupils of all abilities and aspirations. All major sports are offered, along with an impressive array of other activities, helping every pupil to realise their sporting potential. Rowing, Athletics, Golf, Cricket, Hockey, Tennis, Rugby, Netball, Equestrian and Football - the choices are endless. Our reputation in Rowing advances year on year, with our use of one of the best stretches of river in the country. The working week, which no longer includes formal lessons on Saturdays, also enables pupils to participate fully in regional and national events.
From the high peaks of the Himalayas to the gushing torrents of the rivers in the Alps, our unique Ely Scheme programme also offers boundless opportunities for pupils to learn through outdoor education. We also give students the chance to undertake their Duke of Edinburgh Award at all three levels.
King’s Ely boasts some of the region’s most historic, picturesque buildings yet teaching facilities are modern and purpose-built. Our close links with Ely Cathedral – one of the finest cathedrals in the world – make the perfect setting for concerts and performances, a daily extension to the school’s workspace, the school chapel, and a place of outstanding beauty and spirituality.
Our boarders, including the Ely Cathedral Boy and Girl Choristers, live in beautiful, homely boarding houses, which are led by caring House Parents and their families. A strong pastoral structure where childhood is respected and cherished is a key feature.
King’s Ely is a family – a community that is vibrant, nurturing and inclusive. We are a school that can take each child on a seamless journey, travelling from one section to the next, whilst welcoming newcomers at key transition stages, giving support and adapting the offering to the needs of every child in our care. Only by visiting King’s Ely can you feel the energy and warmth of our community.