King’s Ely student called up for Lambs Rugby Squad

KING’S Ely Sixth Form student and promising rugby star Thomas Stiff has been selected for the Lambs Under 18 Midlands Squad.

Tom Stiff PressTom, 17, represented both the Lambs and King’s Ely by playing for the Midlands Lambs against the North Lambs at Worksop College on January 6th.

Tom, who lives with his family near Bury St Edmunds, has been at King’s Ely since joining King’s Ely Junior in Year 3. He was a standout performer for the school’s 1st XV this year so his call-up is richly deserved.

Tom said: “I started playing Rugby at King’s Ely in Year 3 and for the Under 9’s team at Bury St Edmunds RFU. I love the fact that Rugby is a team sport and how every time you go out on the field you look to play your best for yourself and yourteam mates. This year has by far been my best year for Rugby and I put that down to Mr Thompson’s coaching over anything else. I felt honoured to play for the Midlands Lambs and was quite surprised to be selected.”

Director of Sport at King’s Ely, Jim Thompson, said: “I am delighted that Tom has been selected for the Midlands Lambs Squad. Tom fully deserves to gain these representative honours on the back of some outstanding performances for the school 1st XV team this season. He has been a joy to coach over the last few years and is tobe congratulated on his selection.”

King’s Ely has a proud reputation of students being selected for renowned rugby teams, with a number of boys in recent years being projected into the limelight and grabbing the attention of several national coaches and scouts.

Founded in 2006, the Lambs exists to create openings for boys to showcase their rugby skills at a representative level.


Farlington Nativity

The children from Reception, Prep 1 and Prep 2 performed the musical Nativity ‘Hey Ewe!’ this year to a packed audience of friends and family in the Trina Mawer Hall. They were joined by some of the older children from Little Barn Owls Nursery, who played adorable sheep.
The play featured all the  traditional characters – Mary and Joseph, Kings, shepherds and narrators – along with a very curious sheep, who followed the Kings to Bethlehem. The children sang with great enthusiasm and spoke their lines beautifully. It put everyone firmly in the festive spirit.

New International Scholars are appointed – King’s Ely

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KING’S Ely is proud to haveappointedthreenewInternational Scholars this year.

 The talented trio, Ilaria Dimina, Joe Lau and William Wu, were officially installed at Ely Cathedral, just as the school’s King’s and Queen’s Scholars are.

 International Scholars have been recognised at King’s Ely for the last 10 years. For international pupils studying theone-year IGCSE programme (just 24 teaching weeks)at King’s Ely, they are selectedbased on the results of their top seven IGCSE results taken the previous May to June. It is indeed possible for a student on the one-year IGCSE programme to achieve full King’s or Queen’s Scholar status should their top eight results (not including their mother tongue) be on a par with two-year GCSE students. This last occurred in 2015 when James Chiang was gowned a full King’s Scholar.

 Academic Director of King’s Ely International, Matthew Norbury, said: “King’s Ely remains immensely proud of the achievements of its one-year IGSCE students and is delighted to be able to recognise the best of each cohort in such a prestigious and public tradition.”

 King’s Ely offersa range of flexible courses for students of different ages and levels of English proficiency. All international students live and work alongside British students wherever possible and always receive English support in small, mixed-nationality groups.

 This year’s IGCSE results were among the highest in the course’s 18-year history at King’s Ely, with 26 per cent of results being A* or Grade 9 to 8, 53 per cent being A* to A or Grade 9 to 7, 78 per cent being A* to B or Grade 9 to 6,and97 per cent being A* to C or Grade 9.

Farlington – TOP 100 SCHOOL

Farlington is delighted to be in the Sunday Times Parent Power Top 100 Prep Schools again this year! Two places up on last year, based on our SATs results.

It is further proof that Farlington is a great place to learn! Teachers are there to help pupils become confident, independent, highly-motivated and happy learners. Prep School life focuses on individuals, whether that is academically, pastorally or in the wide range of co-curricular activities on offer. It is great to see these efforts recognised in this prestigious listing against more highly selective schools.IMG_9181

LVS Ascot Reception Class Begin School WithNew Diploma And Dining Hall

Ten new pupils began their school adventure at LVS Ascot on Wednesday 5thSeptember, forming the Reception class at theInfant & Junior Schoolaccompanied by their proud parents. As well as experiencing school for the first time,they will also be taking part in a brand new initiative introduced by the independent all-ability school – the LVS Ascot Junior School Diploma– and have already enjoyed the school’s impressive £820,000 dining hall refurbishment that was unveiled last week.

Each section of the diploma is linked to a pair of the LVS values and skills: curiosity and creativity, resilience and risk-taking, empathy and reflection, initiative and independence and collaboration and self-confidence. The unique course will fully embed the values and skills into pupils’ way of life from Reception class right up to Year 6 so they can build character qualities and develop key life skills, with diplomas presented at the end of their final year before moving up to LVS Ascot senior school.

Criteria will include items such as learning to play an instrument, contributing to school council meetings and cooking a meal for their families. Head of LVS Ascot Infant and Junior School Rachael Cox said:“Our aim is to deliver a unique and vibrant education that inspires young people to exceed their expectations. The Junior School Diploma will reinforce that and help develop our pupils”.

The new pupils have already joined their older peers from the Senior School and Sixth Form in enjoying the superb new facilities available to them at lunchtimesafter a major£820,000 refurbishment of the dining hall. The improvements made over the summer have created a much better user experience, transforming a standard school canteen into a high-end restaurant quality space. With meals provided by Sodexo included in the fees at the independent school, and a focus on healthy nutritious eating, the dining hall is an important area of the school and has had a complete makeover. A 20% increase in size has been created to comfortably accommodate the 850 pupils, along with new furniture and booth seating, and an increase in natural lighting due to the insertion of skylights and slimlinealuminium windows.

The new dining hall has suspended acoustic ceiling panels to help with sound deadening and improve conversation, and a servery that includes a theatre cooking suite for demonstrational cooking. LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said:“We are continually looking to improve our facilities to provide the best learning environment so our students can maximise their achievements. Last September we opened a new sixth form centre and last week’s unveiling of the new dining hall drew equally high praise from students. The outstanding facilities on offer to students here really do provide superb support to help them excel and develop”.

See work of creative young King’s Ely artists

TALENTED Art and Design students at King’s Ely are exhibiting their work across the border in Suffolkthis autumn.

Members of the public are invited to attend the exhibition, which is being held at the Apex Gallery in Bury St Edmunds until Sunday, October 7th.

A broad range of Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art and Photography will be on display, including examples of exam and coursework. The exhibition has been organised to celebrate the high quality work produced by students throughout the year groups at King’s Ely Senior.

The Art Department at King’s Ely is a thriving, inspiring environment where all students are encouraged to engage fully with the state-of-the-art facilities available. The Department specialises in Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art, Sculpture and Photography, and students realise ambitious outcomes, regularly achieving some of the highest exam marks in the country.In July, King’s Ely also won the Art and Craft Award at the prestigious Education Business Awards.

The exhibition at the Apex Gallery will be open every day from 10am-4pm and admission is free. For more information, please visit:

Abingdon School opens new Sixth Form Centre

Sixth formers at the start of the new term at Abingdon School were very appreciative of the impressive new Sixth Form Centre that opened its doors for the first time this September. The Sixth Form Centre occupies the ground floor of a new three-story building, Beech Court, that also houses a new library and art space.

Abingdon student, Howard Hawkes said, ‘It’s a perfect place to work or just be with friends. I’ve never really had a similar place before at school so it’s really welcome.’
Talking about the new facilities, the Headmaster Michael Windsor said, “Beech Court has transformed what we can offer our Sixth Form. The careers office, UCAS team and sixth form staff and students are all on the same floor with easy access to the library, café, sports centre, science block and art and drama facilities.
“The new centre is designed to mark the transition from Middle School to the Sixth Form where students have more independence, take on more responsibility for their own learning and enjoy a relationship with the school and staff that more closely resembles university education.”
Beech Court took 18 months to complete and is the latest in a phase of building development that began with the opening of a new Science Centre in 2015.
Budding artists have welcomed the huge expansion of the School’s art space with a new kiln room, dark room, ceramics studio, sixth form studio, exhibition space and purpose-built art rooms.
The new library is quite a contrast to the School’s previous library which was housed in the original Victorian school room. The bright, open plan space has areas for reading for pleasure, quiet group work and silent study.
Michael Windsor continues, “I believe Beech Court and the additional refurbishment will have a palpable effect on the quality of learning, and I know our students will appreciate and enjoy these new spaces.”


DSC_0060The return to school brought great news for 27 of the Year 10s,who achievedoutstanding results in their Extended Projectswhich they completed before the summer break. Tengirls earntan A*, 15an A and two achievedB grades.

The Extended Project Qualification(EPQ)Level 1 allows the girls to choose an area of study which is of particular interest to them, and gain a qualification in recognition of the research they do in this area. They must work independently on their project, spending time planning and researching, before then presenting their work to an audience of teachers and peers.

The scope for the EPQ is endless: this year’s project titles ranged from Who was the most influential fashion designer of the 20th century and are they still today?to Should parents be prosecuted for letting children use social media under the age of 13?Some girls used their passion for sport as a starting point, for example How do athletes overcome significant setbacks?,while others took inspiration from their love of music: Do different types of music affect studying?. The girls’ reasons for undertaking such a challenging qualification were equally diverse. Charlotte commented: ‘I thought doing an EPQ would stretch my learning and also improve my organisational skills in preparation for my GCSEs and the future’, while Lucy added: ‘I wanted to face my fear of public speaking’.

Mrs Alexandra Neil, Head,is delighted for the girls, saying: ‘It was wonderfulto welcome the girls back this morning. I am thrilled their voluntary hard work has been rewarded with theseexcellent results. I had thoroughly enjoyed the presentations on such interesting and wide-ranging subjects and I was extremely impressed with the standard of the work produced. The girls are now a step ahead with the development ofkey life skills, including time management and organisation, and the lessons learnt by undertaking anEPQ will see them throughtheir GCSEsandA levels touniversityand beyond.’

King’s Ely golfers win National ISGA Plate Finals

King's Ely Golf Success July

THE King’s Ely Golf Academy has done it again – this time being crowned winners of the National Independent Schools Golf Association’s (ISGA) Plate Finals at CollingtreePark Golf Club.

The talented team – made up of King’s Ely Senior students David Harris and Tom Stiff,and King’s Ely Junior pupil Paul Collington– broughtthe silverware home with a superb team score of 115 points.

In May, Paul CollingtonandBen Collier, both King’s Ely Junior pupils,competed at the ISGA Junior Stablefordat SunningdaleHeath Golf Club. Ben won the individual Net Prize on the day and the pair camesecond overall.

Just weeks before that, Paul won the prestigious Wellington College Silver Salver Team Nett Prize, andBen won the Nett Division on the day. Fellow Golf Academy member, Thomas Jackson, claimed second in the Individual Division.

Golf is a very popular choice of sport amongKing’s Elystudents, who enjoy a wide a range of sporting experiences, whilst at the same time making the most of every opportunity to excel.

Headmaster Called to ‘The Other’ Number 10 – Bishop’s Stortford College


Usually based at 10 Maze Green Road, on 5th July, Jeremy Gladwin, Headmaster of Bishop’s Stortford College, was invited, together with 16 other Heads of the “big hitting” Independent Schools, to 10 Downing Street.

The two hour Roundtable discussion with Damian Hinds, the Secretary of State for Education, Lord Agnew the Independent Schools’ Minister, members of the Department for Education and Policy Advisors to the Prime Minister was called in order for Government Education officials to hear about the characteristics of successful partnerships,  and to consider how the DfE might help.

The Head of the No 10 Policy Unit has recognised that, as independent education providers, independent schools are often more than just schools and actively contribute to the community. The Secretary of State was particularly complimentary about the Bishop’s Stortford Educational Trust (BSET), set up four years ago of which the College is a founding member, as a vehicle to support the children of Bishop’s Stortford.

BSET is a State/Independent partnership of equals between the College, Bishop’s Stortford High School, Birchwood, Hockerill, Leventhorpe and St Mary’s, together with representatives of the local consortium of Primary Heads, where all parties benefit from mutual cooperation and support.

The College Headmaster, Jeremy Gladwin, said, “I am very proud to represent BSET and have shared with the Secretary of State the good work going on between our local schools.  The Department for Education are excited by what we are doing together, here in Bishop’s Stortford, and will be sharing our model with other schools in other towns across the country as an example of good practice in State/Independent cooperation. He recognises us as a group of Head teachers who are all determined to work together for the good of all member schools.” Mr Gladwin went on to say, “I have encouraged the Secretary of State to meet further with my state school counterparts to hear at first-hand about the benefits of our cooperative model to include Initial Teacher Training, the Continuing Professional Development of our staff and the opportunities for working together with a Multi Academy Trust model at the heart of future planning.  The Department for Education responded that they would try to achieve such a meeting in the near future.”

Mr Gladwin continued, “We are fortunate to live in a town, where the educational provision is so broad and so good.  All the schools in our town provide a superb education for the children of the local area and the close cooperation between the Head teachers is investing time and resources in an even brighter future for Bishop’s Stortford as a hub of educational excellence.”

The College Headmaster will continue to work closely with the Department for Education to produce a model of partnership work that can be replicated across the country and to encourage all schools, of whatever type, to work together in the best interests of and for the education of children.