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February 2016

  • Y10 Parents’ Consultation Evening

    Published 29/02/16

    The Y10 Parents’ Consultation Evening is scheduled for Tuesday 8th March.

    We are trialling a new, easy to use online appointment booking system for Parents’ Consultation Evenings, which allows you to select your own appointment times with teachers. After you have chosen your preferred time, you will receive an email confirming your appointments. We are confident this will be an improvement to the previous system and welcome your feedback.

    Appointments can be made from now and will close at 2pm on the day of the Parents’ Evening. Should you wish to make any changes after this time please contact the Pastoral Support Assistants team, by telephone on 01353 667763.

    Please visit to book your appointments. A short guide on how to add appointments is included below. You will need to login with the following information:

    Student’s first name, student’s surname and date of birth, (as per the College’s records).

    If you do not have access to the Internet or encounter any other difficulties, please contact the Pastoral Support Assistants team, one of whom will be happy to add appointments on your behalf.

    This trial of new technologies has come out of direct feedback from parents and carers and we look forward to working with its users to continue to improve communication with the wider college community.

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  • Lads and Dads, Mums and Sons Launch 

    Published 12/02/16

    As part of our drive to improve literacy at the college and to close the achievement gap for our boys, on Wednesday evening we launched our ‘Lads and Dads, Mums and Sons’ project which was held in our Learning Resource Centre. Families took part took part in reading games, book challenges and fun reading-related activities. 

    A spokesperson for Ely College said: “It was lovely to welcome so many families into our library for the evening. This project is just one of the many ways we are working with parents and carers to engage them in their children’s learning, and is part of a wider programme of literacy support for students". 

    As well as our Lads and Dads, Mums and Sons evening, we have provided dictionaries for all of our Year 7 students this term, with grateful support from a local charity. We’ve also signed up to the Premier League Reading Stars programme through the National Literacy Trust.

    To coincide with World Book Week, we have arranged for renowned author, Julian Sedgwick, to visit Ely College and talk to students about his books, so lots of exciting literary events to look forward to!

    We will also be working with local primary schools and inviting their Year 6 students into Ely College to spend some time in our library and work with our Learning Resource Manager Mrs Shaw so they start to become familiar with college and some of the resources that will be available to them.

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  • Ely College Valentines Disco

    Published 01/02/16

    The newly formed  Ely College PSFA will be holding a Valentines Disco on 12th February at the College for lower school students; Years 7,8,9.

    Sophie Martin, Chairperson of the PSFA, has been delighted by the offers of help from both parents, carers and staff, but if anyone else would like to offer help on the night please contact her on

    We are hoping that the disco will be a huge success and a great launch to our new PSFA enabling  the college to raise funds for the college.

    Further events are already being discussed, and we are all very much looking forward to meeting many more volunteers into our PSFA.

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  • Year 10 Engineering students build bridges to potential new careers in industry

    Published 01/02/16


    A group of twenty Year 10 Engineering  students enjoyed an insight into industry at Metalcraft UK. The day was organised by the University of Cambridge’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) coordinators to encourage young people to consider a career in this expanding sector.


    The day started with a bridge building tournament where students had to produce a high strength-to-weight ratio bridge to traverse a given span. After the tournament, students were given guidance on the various career avenues into engineering, including apprenticeships and higher education up to PhD level.


    The day concluded with a tour of the plant which makes large engineering products including MRI scanners, luxury submarines, mobile water purification centres, diving and decompression chambers.

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  • Year 11 Construction students gain insight into Health and Safety practices

    Published 01/02/16


    Students attended a presentation by Mr Kevin Symons ; Director of Akeva Safety Solutions Ltd on matters of Health, Safety and Welfare within the construction industry.


    Akeva have a diverse range of clients ranging from small private developments up to multi-million pound retail, industrial, agricultural and infra-structure clients. The presentation was tailored to meet the students course specification and it included a range of graphic images showing what happens when Health, Safety and Welfare is nor followed correctly – not for the squeamish!


    Ely College delivers a range of vocational education including Construction, Engineering, Hospitality and Business. We are proud of our links with industry and welcome visitors from the community to share their expertise and knowledge.

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