King’s Ely

King’s Ely
King’s Ely
King’s Ely, Palace Green, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4EW
01353 660707
£9,792-£20,853 (Day), £22,053- £30,189 (Boarding)
Head of Pupil Recruitment, Jane Formston

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.

Principal: Mrs Sue Freestone, appointed 2004. Educated at Clifton High, Royal Academy of Music and Bristol University. Previously Head of Sibford School, Director of Music at Colston’s Girls School, Director of Instrumental Studies at Clayesmore and Head of Music at North Foreland Lodge. Teaching staff: 125 full time, 20+ visiting music teachers.
GCSE: 53 per cent of all GCSE grades achieved in 2017 were A* or A (Grades 9-7) and 26 per cent were A*s (Grades 9-8). 77 per cent of students achieved A*-B results (Grades 9-6) and the percentage of students who achieved A*-C results (Grades 9-5) was 93 per cent. A LEVEL: 36 per cent of all A Level grades achieved in 2017 were A* or A, 66 per cent were graded A*-B, 84 per cent were graded A*-C and 98 per cent of all students achieved A*-E. The number of students who achieved A* grades was 15 per cent.
Average 98% of sixth form leavers get their first choice university placement (20% after a gap year).
Some 15+ sports available including rowing, rugby, athletics, sailing, adventure training, badminton, riding. A Level sport and PE offered. County, national and international representation at various sports. Bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; community service. Wide range of activities (over 50 last year) reflecting the enthusiasms of staff and pupils.
Most sixth form in single study bedrooms, others share with 2 or 3. Single-sex houses of 50-60. Pupils can provide and cook own snacks. Exeats each weekend (weekly boarding increasingly popular). Visits to local town allowed out of school time and weekend activities arranged e.g. cinema, sports fixtures, bowling.
is run by Hon Sec, Old Eleans’ Club, c/o the school.
Alan Yentob (BBC); Lord Browne (BP Amoco); James Bowman (counter tenor); Matthew Amroliwala (journalist); Nigel Colborn (broadcaster, gardening expert); Goldie Sayers (Olympic athlete); Rupert Sanderson (shoe designer, Vogue writer); Aubrey Powell (designer); Oliver Jarvis (racing driver); Gus Unger Hamilton (Alt-J).