Providing continuous education for boys and girls from age 1 to 18, King’s Ely is a visionary co-educational day and boarding school, yet one that is built on a fascinating history stretching back over 1,000 years. Founded in 970AD and re-founded in 1541 by Henry VIII, the school is situated in the historic cathedral city of Ely, within walking distance from national rail links. The school enjoys a tranquil setting, just 20 minutes from Cambridge, a short drive from all London airports and a five minute walk from the river, where King’s Ely and Cambridge University students row.
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. Whether a student shines in a classroom or laboratory, on a stage, on a pitch or on a mountainside, the school promises an abundance of opportunity for personal development, both academically and socially. 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 fulfil their sporting potential. King’s Ely students achieve excellent GCSE and A Level results and everyone is encouraged to take a full and active role in sporting, musical and other extra-curricular activities such as outdoor pursuits.
While some of the school is housed in the buildings of the old Benedictine monastery, there has also been extensive development including a sports hall, all-weather pitch, DT centre, art department and library. There is also a new music school and recital hall and the medieval Old Bishop’s Palace provides spacious accommodation for the sixth form.