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May 2016

  • Beat Examtime Stress

    Published 19/05/16

    Sixth Form students at Ely College took part in a Stress<Less Campaign run by the charity MIND last week.

    The aim of the campaign was to train students to help support other students through the stress of exams. The training was very informative and interesting and gave the students various strategies to help them through the exam season.

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  • Notice regarding Parent Focus Meeting

    Published 19/05/16


    Please note there will not be a Parent Focus meeting on 19th May, due to the scheduled parents’ meeting led by Lucy Frazer MP on Friday 20th May 2016.

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  • School Disco

    Published 10/05/16

    Ely College PSFA are holding a Disco on Friday 13th May 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 another huge success, helping the PSFA 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 9 University Trip

    Published 03/05/16

    On Wednesday 27 April, Year 9 students attended the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Campus in Cambridge for the day as part of a joint project run by ARU and University of Cambridge (UoC).

    Students were given a tour of the campus and had sessions on Goal Mapping and Finance. 

    At the end of the day the Year 9 students had a presentation from three groups of Year 10 students who had already spent a day with both universities, allowing them to put together information and personal insights into what it was like being a university student. Each group took it in turns to talk about the range of courses available, student social life and accommodation. 

    Hearing real experiences from their school peers was a genuine way to get the message across to our young people who are starting to research and make choices about their futures post-16.

    At the end of the presentation, there was Q and A session with the Student Ambassadors, who helped throughout the day, so students also got to hear first-hand what it was like being in higher education from those currently at ARU and UoC.

    We hope that the programme showed the students that anyone can go to University if they aspire to.

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  • Hair and Beauty Photo Shoot

    Published 03/05/16

    It has been an amazing week for Year 11, Hair and Beauty students at Ely College.  In order to complete their Level 1 Hair and Beauty coursework, each student needed to create a final image based on a theme that included hair design and styling, nail art design and fantasy make-up art. Their extensive research and practice runs culminated in a photo shoot.  Chosen themes included 'Flower Fairies', 'Cheshire Cats', 'Mermaids' (...alive and dead), 'Bat Woman', an 'Ice Queen', 'Butterflies' and 'My Little Ponies'. 


    City and Guilds Unit 112: 'Create a Hair and Beauty Image', really engages learners to research, plan and create.   All technical skills learned throughout the Hair and Beauty course are brought together to showcase the students skills and creativity.  It was a proud time not just for the hardworking students but for Hair and Beauty teachers Jo Bonnett and Julie Constable who were overwhelmed by the efforts and enthusiasm achieved by each student.  


    The students commented on how much they enjoyed the whole process and re-creating their designs for the photo shoot. Reflecting on the experience, they were amazed how their confidence has grown and how much experience they have gained from the course and photo shoot; they agreed they have learnt many additional life skills including, focusing on the task ahead, being  flexible and the importance of team work.

    The students have strong aspirations to continue within Hair and Beauty and all are progressing to either Cambridge Regional College, College of West Anglia, Ely 6th Form or have secured various hair dressing apprenticeships. 

    Below is a brief gallery of their wonderful work:


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