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  • Ely College celebrates fantastic GCSE results

    Published 24/08/23

    Staff and students at Ely College, part of Meridian Trust, are celebrating another set of impressive GCSE results.

    Simon Warburton, Principal of Ely College, said: “We are thrilled with the exceptional results our students have secured in 2023.  Our Year 11 cohort of 212 students displayed a wonderfully mature attitude to their studies and preparation for their exams and I know they will be delighted with their grades this morning.”

    Many of the college’s students are celebrating particularly strong results, including Izzy Lawes who achieved a sweep of ten grade 9s (the highest possible grade) across her subjects.  Nicholas Greaves achieved 7 grade 9s, 1 grade 8 and 2 grade 7s and Brooke Bibby and Juliana Poli each gained 6 grade 9s and 4 grade 8s. Tia Hill also secured 4 grade 9s, 5 grade 8s and 1 grade 7.

    The college were thrilled with the progress made by Will Maltby, Cameron Wilson, Nathan Beech and Rose Burlton, who secured on average 2 grades higher than their prior attainment predicted.

    Simon continued: “At Ely College, we are always striving to be an exceptional college for an exceptional community. The awarding of these wonderful GCSE grades, along with the best ever A Level and vocational results announced last week, should be a source of huge pride for all connected with the Ely College community. It was an absolute joy to share these results with our students this morning and we wish everyone the very best of success for their future careers.”


    Richard Spencer, Executive Principal at Meridian Trust said: “Huge congratulations to everyone celebrating well-deserved success today. The students and their families should be very proud of all they have overcome to secure these results. Meridian Trust is very proud of the results secured by Ely College, and I’d like to extend my thanks to the wonderful staff who have supported our young people during their time at the college.”

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  • Bishop Laney Sixth Form students celebrate Post-16 success

    Published 17/08/23

    Students at Bishop Laney Sixth Form, part of Meridian Trust, have achieved a fantastic set of Post-16 results this year.

    Adam Steels, Head of Bishop Laney Sixth Form, said: “We are delighted with these results which reflect the continued growth and success of Bishop Laney Sixth Form. These results mean our students are completing their studies with some of the highest grades ever achieved at Bishop Laney.”

    “I congratulate the students on these results and thank staff, parents and families for the part they played in realising these aspirations.”

    “Our students leave us today not only heading to Universities up and down the country from Cardiff to Newcastle and many places in between; but also to take on high-quality apprenticeship roles, whether those be in London, or closer to home at Addenbrookes’ Hospital, or here in Ely.”

    Individual success stories:

    Maria Akritidou achieved two A*s and an A Grade across her three A Level subjects of Art, Pscyhology, and Sociology; and will take up a place at the University of East Anglia to study Psychology.

    Caydn Perez-Bent combines Computer Science and Maths A Levels grades of A and B with a starred Distinction in Business to join Sky, on their engineering degree apprenticeship programme.

    Sam Lindop will be heading to the University of Sheffield, to study aeronautical engineering following his impressive performance in Maths, Physics and Computer Science.

    Kiera Clifford secured a double Distinction grade Diploma in Applied Science and will be taking up an apprenticeship with the NHS at Cambridge University Hospitals.

    Katie Froment achieved A*AB in her A Levels and will continue to pursue her love English Literature by studying it in Cambridge from September.

    Ziggy Poli will be building on excellent achievements in Maths, Further Maths, and Psychology, all at A* and A grade, by taking up a university place studying Maths at the University of East Anglia.


    Simon Warburton, Principal of Ely College & Bishop Laney Sixth Form added: “

    “I am thrilled with the results that our 2023 cohort have achieved. The combined success of students gaining top grades alongside a number of our students gaining degree level apprenticeships means that we are fulfilling our commitment to provide an exceptional educational experience for our community.”

    “These results herald a new and exciting phase in the life of Bishop Laney Sixth Form – we commence the renovations of Needhams tower this term to become an inspirational place of learning and the new home for Bishop Laney for January 2025.”

    If you wish to enquire about current opportunities within the sixth form, please contact and 01353 652818.

    More photos can be found on our facebook page here; thank you for celebrating with us!

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  • Ely College rows at Henley Royal Regatta!

    Published 05/07/23

    On Sunday 2nd of July, eleven students and two members of staff from Ely College, alongside their Isle of Ely Rowing coaches took part in a truly unique opportunity. At the request of the Henley Stewards, through our partnership with East Anglia Youth Rowing (EAYR) our students travelled down to participate in the Row-past Celebrations, taking to the River Thames as part of Final Day of Royal Henley.

    The Henley Royal Regatta is a historic and prestigious annual rowing event;  up there on the calendar with the Olympics and World Championship competitions for elite rowing teams. 732 crews from around the world raced this unique course as part of the week-long event, with only 26 winning silverware and bragging rights for another year. Rowing the Henley course presents a tough challenge in competitive racing with no segregation of the boats (lanes); whilst our crews weren’t competing, the weather conditions and 1500m course offered up both a technical and physical challenge for our young rowers. Our coxes also showcased their growing competencies in navigating the stretch of water. They should be very proud of their efforts, as the college staff and their coaches are.


    The opportunity to spectate, rig boats next to Ivy League and Oxbridge World Champions and ultimately row at such a showcase rowing event was truly inspiring for our students. Jason Coe, Assistant Principal at Ely College and head of the rowing programme said “This opportunity recognised and rewarded the ongoing commitment many of our students have made to the rowing programme over the past two to three years with the help and ongoing support of The Boat Race Fund and Love Rowing. A special mention must be made yet again to the Isle of Ely Rowing Club who continue to train and equip our students for such opportunities, as well as Susannah Cass, Head Coach at EAYR who organised and co-ordinated the event including the long transportation of boats down to Henley! The students had an amazing day and represented our community with pride.”


    Maisie Shepherd, 15 commented on behalf of her fellow students, thanking her teachers and coaches for opening new doors to the sport for her and her peers: “Rowing at Henley makes all the early mornings and hard work worth it. We are so lucky to have the Cambridge University Boathouse near us in Ely, and we’ve developed a great passion for a sport that we probably wouldn’t have tried without the free taster sessions. I’ve seen the Cambridge crews training on the same stretch of water as me and I’ve sculled alongside them but always at a distance. So when I met my rowing idol, Imogen Grant at Henley, the current World and European champion, who rowed for Team GB as well as the Cambridge Blue boat, it inspired me to follow in her wake. Like her I hope to build momentum and take my rowing career to the next level. Henley was a brilliant experience for all of us!”



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  • Ely College hosts Aspirational Rowing event at Cambridge University Boat House to inspire its students and other local schools.

    Published 22/06/23

    Over the past three years, Ely College has been fostering a robust connection with the world of rowing, building a firm alliance with the local Isle of Ely Rowing Club (IOERC). This partnership has provided students with first-hand rowing experience on the River Ouse and established an ongoing pathway for those wishing to join the local rowing club, with a considerable number of students enrolling and participating in competitive racing.

    Bolstered by funding from Love Rowing and The Boat Race Fund supported by Gemini, and a new strategic partnership with East Anglia Youth Rowing (EAYR), the college recently expanded this unique opportunity to six local schools. On June 8, 2023, Ely College co-hosted an aspirational rowing event at the Cambridge University Boat House on the River Ouse.

    The event, running from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, was designed to inspire students to try rowing, nurture a passion for the sport, and potentially uncover a new hobby. Participants were divided based on their rowing experience and engaged in a variety of activities such as Boat Race student athlete talks, a land-based rowing machine competition, a water safety talk, a technical skills session, and a coxed quadruple scull (four rowers with two oars and a cox) racing event.

    The day was enriched by the presence of student athletes from Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs; Barbora Hlachova and Louis Corrigan from Oxford, and Cameron Spiers, Iris Powell, and Rosa Millard from Cambridge.

    Cameron Spiers shared his reflections on the day: “It was great to see so many young people try out rowing for the first time, everyone was getting stuck in and having fun. I spent some time out on the launch and was very impressed by how focused everyone was. Hopefully, some people will have found a new hobby that they’ll stick with.”

    Echoing this sentiment, Barbora Hlachova added: “[…] it was fun getting to share our love of rowing with kids who will maybe race in the Boat Race one day! I even got to try out coxing – that was a highlight (and a dream come true…being over 6 ft tall, it was a dream I was slowly giving up on.)”


    Jason Coe, who heads the Ely College rowing programme, expressed his gratitude for the support provided by Love Rowing and a recently announced second round of funding from the Boat Race Fund, as well as the visiting university athletes: “It was an absolute privilege to be able to row from the Cambridge University Boat House and meet with the student athletes…The students willingness to get out on the coaching launch, cox boats, and provide tours alongside the general conversation was a pleasure to see.”

    He added: “ This was our first ever aspirational rowing event and it felt like a huge success, with over 60 students getting an experience of rowing on the River Ouse from the landmark Cambridge University Boat house. This alongside the opportunity to meet and speak with 5 high performance university rowers truly made for a wonderful and rewarding afternoon.”


    “The confidence, enthusiasm and desire to improve was noticeable across all students many of whom were rowing for the first time. We are so pleased we could invite Neale Wade Academy, Soham Village College, Cromwell Community College, North Cambridge Academy and Littleport & East Cambs Academy. None of this would have been possible without the input from IOERC and EAYR on the day, but also without the ongoing support from Gemini, The Boat Race Company & Love Rowing.”

    Siobhan Cassidy, the Interim Chair of the Boat Race Company Ltd, who also attended the event, was delighted by the vibrancy she witnessed: “It was a fantastic afternoon and wonderful to watch everyone in action, great to see children who had never tried rowing before, get out on the water, race and have lots of fun! Huge thanks to Jason and all the other teachers and rowing coaches who made the day such a success. I hope the young people taking part know they have now become rowers and are part of a wonderful sporting community!”

    This event underscores the effective collaboration between these amazing partnerships; welcoming in more schools to strengthen the offer and widen the circle, illuminating a bright future for the young rowing enthusiasts in and around Ely. It offers these young people a thrilling introduction to the world of rowing and the myriad opportunities it holds.


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  • Record Breakers and BIG wins at Meridian Trust Athletics event!

    Published 20/06/23

    UPDATED: Check out the fab photos below from the Trust Athletics event. Such a great day!

    So proud that we can add some Ely names to this Meridian Trust 'Roll of Honour' list especially Lexi who broke the Trust record in the Y10g 800m!

    On Friday, Mr Naylor took our talented athletics students to Bedford Stadium & they brought home some amazing wins! Well done to everyone involved! #excellence #AchievementForAll #PLEDGES

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  • Bishop Laney Sixth Form receives £5 million funding for expansion and refurbishment

    Published 13/06/23

    The Department for Education has announced that Bishop Laney Sixth Form (Ely College), part of Meridian Trust, will receive additional funding to increase its student intake and expand and refurbish its buildings.

    Bishop Laney Sixth Form currently accepts 150 students per year group, but this expansion will allow the school to create a further 50 places per year group, taking the total intake from 300 to 400 places.

    The sixth form will also receive capital funding from the Government’s £140 million ‘Post-16 Capacity Fund’. This will enable a £5 million renovation and upgrade of ‘Needhams Tower’ to become the new home of Bishop Laney Sixth Form, as well as providing new classroom space for students and staff at Ely College.

    Richard Spencer, Executive Principal said: “We are delighted that our application to expand Bishop Laney Sixth Form (Ely College) has been accepted. The accompanying investment will significantly improve our facilities and spaces at Ely College, as well as provide us with the capacity to offer more students access to an excellent sixth form experience locally. We will be sharing details of the plans in due course and are very grateful for all the support we have received in this application.”

    This news follows a successful application by Ely College and Meridian Trust in November 2022, which noted the anticipated rise in demand for school places in East Cambridgeshire, and was supported by Ms Frazer as the local Member of Parliament.

    Responding to the announcement, Lucy Frazer MP said: “Ely College is a fantastic educator of many young people in my constituency, so I am delighted by this news. The new funding announced this week will enable 100 more pupils every year to learn important skills that will set them up for the world of work. It also prepares our area for the anticipated increase in demand for student places.”

    The planning process is underway, with works anticipated to run from early 2024, with a target for completion of early 2025. More details will follow in the coming months, but the College have shared an initial concept design (pictured below).

    The renovated tower will be ‘net zero’ energy consumption and will be fully accessible with lift access. The College also aims to re-lay the car park area and provide additional spaces to alleviate the pressure.

    Simon Warburton, Principal of Ely College and Bishop Laney Sixth Form said: “At Bishop Laney Sixth Form, we aim to provide a thriving college experience within a centre of academic and professional 16-19 excellence. This vital funding will allow us to bring this opportunity to many more young people locally and wouldn’t have been possible without the success of our brilliant team at Ely College and Bishop Laney Sixth Form. A lot of hard work has gone into this project, and I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to getting us to this point.”

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  • Super League Final Half Term Standings

    Published 05/06/23

    Super League Final Half Term Standings

    This will be the last weekly update of the academic year! All Houses can mathematically still finish in the top position: So there is lots still to play for.

    During the final half term we will promote activities and send out encouragement but in the interest of keeping things interesting there will not be a weekly update.

    This half terms additional events will include:

    • Interhouse rounders
    • Sports Day (Heavily weighted)
    • Subject Awards Calculation: Number of awards given to house students across the termly recognition process.

    A continued focus will be on:

    • Attendance: Ely College remains the BEST in Trust and one of the highest in the county.
    • PLEDGES: 634 achieved in total this year.
    • HOUSE points: 114,570 have been awarded to students to date at an average of 74 a student.


    Please share with students and encourage them to do all they can to push their houses up the leader board!


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  • 2nd place in national Enginuity design competition

    Published 21/04/23

    2nd place winners! Amazing recognition has been given to three of our young design engineers of the future! Entering the Enginuity Skills Award Competition, they took on the challenge to design a centerpiece that represented / demonstrated the theme of engineering and manufacturing. Showcasing their skills and understanding, they followed up their prototype design with a presentation explaining what they enjoyed most about their D&T studies and what inspired their final design. The materials used and concept really took into account the brief and the judges loved the use of recycled materials.

    Amazing to get 2nd place in a national competition supported by The Design and Technology Association. The Enginuity Skills Award representative commented: "The standard of entries was extremely high so they should be very proud of their achievement. This is the first year we ran the competition and the imagination and creativity that has been shown by the children far surpassed our expectations and creates a real excitement around the future of engineering. To recognise their achievement and hard work we have decided to send them a £20 amazon voucher each and an engineering book. Once again, congratulations, it is lovely to see the work of three engineers of the future."

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  • Talk the Talk Year 8 Oracy Workshop

    Published 20/03/23

    🗣️ Communication with confidence! Thanks to Joe Rowntree and Talk The Talk for for their Year 8 Oracy workshop last week with Insight Discover students from Ely College, Thomas Clarkson Academy & The Queen Katherine School Multi Academy Trust! Such an engaging and inspiring day with presentation and vocal skills that will last a lifetime! Great to get students out of their comfort zones, speaking out loud thanks to this University of Cambridge outreach programme.

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  • Taking a trip down memory lane in Meridian Trust’s very own Museum of Technology

    Published 01/03/23

    Over the last few years, Dave Bausor, Lead Practitioner for D&T at Ely College and D&T Lead at Meridian Trust, has transformed a previously unused classroom into a museum of technology.

    The D&T Days Gone By Museum is situated adjacent to the D&T department’s main foyer, acting as a learning space that students can use to explore and interact with a wide range of technological based items to understand how they are made and how and why they have developed over time.

    All sorts of items have been donated by the local community and Facebook forums, from old typewriters to hair dryers, video players, walkmans, kettles and irons, even a teas made and soda stream… you name it, Dave has probably acquired it and now has it in the museum!

    Items have been donated from the Falklands Islands, Hong Kong, Jersey and many places across the UK but one stand-out exhibit is a television made in 1951. Dave recalls how the lady that donated it shared her experience of watching the Queen’s coronation on the television in 1953 with her parents gathered around the small black-and-white screen in their living room.

    Dave has donated his own personal collection of items too and is a self-confessed Dyson addict with all of the original set of iconic yellow and grey styled iterations now exhibited in the museum.

    Tony Ryan, Chief Executive of the Design and Technology Association, officially opened the museum in in the Autumn of 2019 and since then students have enjoyed interactive and engaging lessons inside the museum. Dave said: “Our students’ interest in the design museum has been fantastic to witness and I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to achieve since we opened it despite the pandemic and resulting lockdown.

    We are the only school in the UK to have a sit-in museum of this type and scale which makes it an amazing resource not only for our own department but the Trust and its schools too. I’ve also written a number of articles about the museum in the D&T Association publications.”

    He continued “Parents and visitors love it too and are often struck by the volume of items we have during open evenings or tours. They enjoy spending some time taking a trip down memory lane to reminisce over the things they used to own. The items in the museum have so many stories behind them and it’s wonderful to see them gain a new lease of life in this way. The room provides a really immersive learning experience and helps to bring our teaching to life.”

    Now, Dave is in the process of creating schemes of learning supported by the museum to further its use and impact in the school and across Meridian Trust. The museum is still evolving and developing and has begun to overspill into the Ely College foyer and other rooms throughout the department. We are even followed by the Design Museum on Twitter too! Dave has lost track of which ‘phase’ of development the museum is in but, it’s safe to say that he will keep going and will no doubt have to find more creative ways to display the exhibits as they continue to flood in.

    If you have an item, are clearing out a loft, or have something that is broken then please do get in touch with Dave. Or, as he often says, “don’t ditch it, donate to Dave” and he will get it on show in the museum.

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  • Killer performances from Ely College students who blow the roof off their ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ whole-school musical

    Published 27/01/23

    The new January term saw Ely College students take to the stage in their version of the B-moviesque dark comedy 'The Little Shop of Horrors'. With audiences laughing and applauding the energised and talented company, these students laid on an impressive array of musical delights with familiar hits like 'Somewhere That's Green' and 'Feed Me Seymour', as well as a tantalising tango!

    This was their second whole school musical, following on from the huge success of last year's 'School of Rock' production. The three sold out nights on the 19th, 20th and 21st January, showcased the musical and technical talents of all ages. As well as the incredible actors on stage, the cast were support by dedicated and amazing student-led teams of lighting and sound designers, costume, prop makers and hair and make-up artists.

    Mr Warburton, Principal at Ely College commented: "I was so proud to see the culmination of months of rehearsal.  The quality of the show was of the highest order and the professionalism of the stage management gave the impression we were sat in the west end and not Needham’s Hall. We are so blessed to have students with a desire to perform, and a large staff group who love to give them the opportunities and time to put on shows of this calibre.  The whole of the community can and should be very proud of The Little Shop of Horrors 2023."


    Director and Music curriculum lead, Jonathan Newsome said ‘The level of performance from each and every student was quite extraordinary and a proud moment for all those involved in working with the performers from page to stage. Their commitment to rehearsals throughout the term shone through.  Everyone has worked tremendously hard to create this show and it has been worthwhile."

    Early on the decision was made to hire in the set. After a dedicated fundraising effort by the students themselves, this considerable investment in the staging, spurred on the cast who took to the floor impressively in full costume and truly immersed themselves in the character for that moment under the spotlight!


    Joseph Chapman and Jade Mearns carried the audience along in 1960's nostalgia as they performed classic tunes from the blockbuster musical. James Wallman was the soulful voice of the dreaded Audrey II. The orchestra pit band played the hits and demonstrated the musical talents of our Bishop Laney Sixth Form musicians Paddy Bennett and Joe Cousins.  Both the student cast and crew came on stage to take a bow after the wonderfully effervescent finale medley.

    Director and Drama curriculum lead, Catherine Seymour commented: "The most satisfying element of this show was witnessing the development of the students during the process. For some, this was their first production whether on the stage or behind the scenes in the stage management team, as costume designers, or as sound or lighting technicians.  The students had an incredible time working as a team during rehearsals and their performances were outstanding.  Thank you to everyone who came to see the show and supported us”.


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  • Charities Day Grand Totals announced!

    Published 12/01/23

    DRUM ROLL PLEASE🥁 With a new year ahead of us, this feels like a great sign of things to come. The vouchers have been counted, the bids are all in, and we have the grand totals from our AMAZING end of term Charities Day!

    Thanks to our amazing staff and students... AND your generosity at home for donating so much MORE than the recommended £5... Ely College and Bishop Laney's 'Charities Day' raised an EXCEPTIONAL total of £5671.04!!!

    This is the biggest total ever! We are so pleased we can split the 'extra' donations equally over our 5 chosen House Charities as well as Save the Children UK for their #ChristmasJumperDay. It was truly such a fantastic way to sign off on an overall brilliant year.

    Well done to Turing House for having the most engaging activities and collecting the most vouchers!

    Huge congratulations to everyone here, what an amazing achievement! You have all earn those Giving #PLEDGES! Dr Norton-Berry commented: "Not only is Charities Day important for our role in the community, but also helps to develop communication, empathy and entrepreneurial skills in our students. This is what our PLEDGES system is all about. It was amazing to see Charities Day happen again with full gusto after having to scale it back the last few years.”

    #anexceptionalcollegeforanexceptionalcommunity #yourlocalsixthform with Meridian Trust

    Supporting: Spectrum Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (ACT) Teenage Cancer Trust Arthur Rank Hospice Charity Ely Foodbank East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity Save the Children UK

    Photos below from the day back in December; take a look back at how our student raised such an amazing total with more photos here on our socials:



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