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October 2016

  • Bishop Laney Open Evening

    Published 31/10/16

    New Post-16 Offer Opens Its Doors To The Public

    Interested students and members of the public are invited to come along to find out more about the new Bishop Laney Sixth Form at their open evening on Wednesday 2 November.

    It was just last month that the two local academy trusts, Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (sponsors of Ely College) and Staploe Education Trust (sponsors of Soham Village College), launched their new sixth form provision across East Cambridgeshire.

    The event aims to share more information about the vision behind the new sixth form and to explain how the two trusts will work together to run the provision. The event will begin at 6.30pm with the aim to finish around 8.00pm, and will take place at Ely College.

    The new sixth form offer will start with a focus on professional courses. Every course the sixth form will offer in 2017/18 will have a clear professional relevance to it, and will have a dedicated business mentor from the local community. All students will also engage in planned work-related learning to include relevant work-experience, as well as receiving impartial careers advice and guidance.

    Principal of Ely College, Richard Spencer said: “We are excited to share our vision for Bishop Laney Sixth Form with the people of Ely and Soham, and to ask any questions that students and their parents may have. Although, we are starting small and focused this year, our ambitions are great and our offer will continue to grow for years to come.”

    The sixth form will be based predominantly on the Ely College site but with classes also increasingly taking place at the Soham Village College site.

    Although the Bishop Laney Sixth Form will officially open in September 2017, students are able to apply for a place now.

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  • Dress Diabolical for Diabetes

    Published 21/10/16

    Ely College Sixth Form students will be putting on their spookiest outfits for Halloween this year, in aid of Diabetes UK.

    Werewolves, zombies, witches and skeletons will be making their way to the College where they will partake in spooktacular stories, a paranormal picnic bake sale and a living dead quiz.

    The event is being organised by the College’s sixth form student union, and is part of the college’s PLEDGES system, which encourages all students to get involved in extra-curricular activities.

    Fleur Patten, English teacher and Sixth Form Student Support Officer, is a Type 1 diabetic and was delighted that the Sixth Form union decided to make this their first fundraiser of the year.

    She said: “We intend to support many charities this year but this one was difficult to resist. There is much in the media about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, but it isn’t helpful to blame.

    “Type 1 is usually developed in teenage years or younger from a trigger which causes the body to attack its own cells and render the pancreas unable to produce insulin. We are very lucky to have Addenbrooke’s so nearby but it’s not easy for children to manage diabetes in school. We hope our antics today help to raise awareness.”

    Laura Nicolajsen, joint chair of the Sixth Form student union, said: “We were shocked when we heard 1 in 16 people in the UK has diabetes and one person is newly diagnosed every 2 minutes. We want to do our part to lower these statistics. We hope that a cure is discovered in our lifetime.”

    The college are still looking for donations, so if you have a few pennies to spare for a good cause, please visit their Just Giving page at:

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  • Open Evening Presentation

    Published 21/10/16

    Missed out on the Open Evening talk? Or want to revisit some of the points Richard Spencer and his team raised on the night?

    The presentation slides from the fantastic Open Evening event are now available here.

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  • Post-16 Progression

    Published 10/10/16

    Last week saw the focus turned very squarely onto Year 11 with Parents’ Evening followed by the 16-19 Progression Evening the next day.  A huge thank you goes out to everyone involved in both evenings.

    We received some great feedback from parents, and hosting them in the sixth form was a timely reminder of our Post 16 facilities and provision. The Progression Evening was well attended and it was lovely to receive so much interest in Bishop Laney Sixth Form both here and at Soham Village College.

    We encourage our Year 11's to attend the various Open Evenings at 16-19 providers. The Bishop Laney Sixth Form Open Evening will take place on 2nd Nov.

    For those that may have missed the Progression Evening last week, we attach below the slideshow presentation given by Jayne Brown, Vice Principal

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  • Open Evening

    Published 10/10/16

    THIS WEEK! We look forward to welcoming you to our Open Evening and Open Morning events. All welcome, no appointment necessary. See you there!

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  • Session 6 launch

    Published 01/10/16

    Did you see that we have launched Session 6 and our updated extra curricular timetable is now on the website? FIND IT HERE! 

    Fantastic array of clubs and activities which we will continue to add to over the year. Look out for the launch of PLEDGES coming soon, where you can use your Session 6 engagement to start working toward your pledges.

    Also this week take a look at our new look Parent Newsletter, and the exciting launch of the Bishop Laney Sixth Form. The new prospectus can be viewed here.

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