Nestled in the heart of the beautiful cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire, King’s Ely is an inspiring independent co-educational day and boarding school, built on a fascinating history stretching back over 1,000 years.
King’s Ely serves the academic and pastoral needs of around 1,000 boys and girls from the age of 2 through to 18, with boarders from 8 years old. The school is located just 15 minutes north of Cambridge and is a short walk from Ely train station, with a huge number of students taking advantage of Ely’s direct rail links.
King’s Ely also has an independently-run bus service which stops at key locations around Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. The school is around an hour from London and is a five-minute walk from the River Great Ouse, where both King’s Ely and Cambridge University rowers train.
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 the Sixth Form. Whether a student shines in a classroom or laboratory, on a stage, on a pitch or on a mountainside, King’s Ely promises an abundance of opportunity for personal development, both academically and socially.
King’s Ely’s philosophy is to be inclusive, nurturing each individual student and building on their talents and interests. Students are empowered to achieve beyond their own expectations, learning the values of Energy, Courage and Integrity along the way.
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.
From the high peaks of the Himalayas to the gushing torrents of the rivers in the Alps, the school’s unique Ely Scheme also offers boundless opportunities for pupils to learn through outdoor education. King’s Ely also give students the chance to undertake their Duke of Edinburgh’s 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. The school’s 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.
Boarders, including the Ely Cathedral Boy and Girl Choristers, live in picturesque boarding houses, well led by caring housemasters and housemistresses. A strong pastoral structure where childhood is respected and cherished is a key feature.