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June 2018

  • Final PLEDGES & Futures Day of the year!

    Published 22/06/18

    Ely College dedicate their final PLEDGES day of the year to reflect on the world around us and the communities we support together as a city.

    Students at Ely College celebrated their final PLEDGES and Futures Day before the summer break, preparing them for future challenges and opening their eyes to their own potential to drive environmental and social change.

    Ely College students continued to build on their PLEDGES this week, earning points for their HOUSE teams (Scott, Turing, Etheldreda and Franklin) as they took part in a range of workshops. The last in a series of off-timetable days dedicated to PSHE lessons and experiences, the event saw them focus on diverse environments and their futures.


    Year 8 and Year 9 both focused on their Environmental and Service PLEDGES, exploring the impact of single use plastics and the importance of recycling. Inspired by current political issues in the media, they made a start on an art installation using plastic waste, with a hope to depict a shared unity expressed and inspired by the MP Jo Cox #MoreInCommon trend.

    Later in the day, they explored themes focusing on mental health, first aid training and personal resilience. Student showed amazing empathy when they met with external speakers to discuss the homelessness crisis.


    Year 7 students were given the opportunity to travel to London to visit the Neasden Hindu Temple and work towards their Diversity PLEDGES. Year 7 student Ben Convine said: ‘The sounds and colours of the midday Arti ceremony were so calming and the building itself was amazing and very peaceful! Everyone was so welcoming to us.’

    Year 10 students focused on the ‘Futures’ aspect of the day, as they launched into their UCAS applications and planned for their July work experience placements with a number of careers and safety workshops.

    They joined the rest of the students at the end of the day for some forward-planning as students brainstormed their Inter-House competitions and big House events coming up and the end of the year. With students leading their own learning and PLEDGES achievements, it was clear some excellent ideas have been sent in motion, so watch this space for our House Charity Day 2018!



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  • Ely College finalist for Secondary School of the Year 2018!

    Published 21/06/18

    Along with two other schools in the region, Ely College is very proud to have been nominated as a finalist for the Cambridge News Education Awards 2018!

    Representatives will attend the award ceremony at Homerton College on the 18th July. We can't wait to share the results with you all. A huge THANK YOU to parents & our community for putting us forward for this award!

    Being considered for 'Secondary School of the Year' is an honour. It is a wonderful nod of recognition for our hard working staff and students. #prideinElyCollege #cnEdAwards #finalist

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  • Lantern Community Primary School joins CMAT Trust

    Published 07/06/18

    Lantern Community Primary School, Ely, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, officially joined CMAT on 1st June 2018. The school had already been working closely with the Trust since the start of the year while the plans were approved by the Department for Education.

    CMAT was formed in 2011 and enabled Swavesey Village College – an outstandingly successful secondary school – to convert to academy status, sponsor other academies, and help spread good education practice throughout the region. All the Trust’s schools united by a shared vision and values – to provide high quality and dynamic education for all at the heart of its communities. With the two new additions, the Trust now includes 11 schools who work in close partnership, with brand new schools planned to open in the next few years in Northstowe and Corby.

    Mark Woods, Chief Executive of CMAT, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Lantern Community Primary School to CMAT. The new school will strengthen our primary school expertise and mean that the Trust is now working with five primary schools throughout the region.

    “Lantern Community Primary School have chosen to be part of CMAT, which is testament to the Trust’s excellent reputation within Cambridgeshire. The fact that it is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted shows that not only can CMAT have an impact on the schools needing additional support, but also that our Trust can learn from the already great practice taking place.”

    Paul Baddeley, Headteacher at Lantern Community Primary School, said: “Lantern Community Primary School is committed to ensuring that each of our students receives a successful education within a safe and nurturing environment. We are very excited to be part of CMAT and have been working closely with Ely College and Downham Feoffees Primary Academy for some time. I believe that together we can continue to promote and inspire high quality educational provision in our school and the children in our community.”

    For more information about CMAT, visit: or for more about Lantern Community Primary School, visit

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  • Willkommen to our German Exchange Students from Bozen in Italy!

    Published 07/06/18

    Touch down at the airport on Sunday evening! ... And so begins the home tour with our wonderful German Exchange partners from Bozen in Italy. Welcome to the students and teachers from Sozialwissenschaftliches Gymnasium! We have an action packed week of fun and friendship planned!

    Huge thank you to Mayor Rouse for his visit and warm welcome on their morning in college! Fantastic for our german exchange partners to hear about Ely and learn about the history and landscape of our fair city!

    Many thanks to the teachers from Sozialwissenschaftliches Gymnasium for their beautiful and generous gifts. While our young people are bonded by their love of travel, fun and learning, we hope Ely is forever bonded in friendship with the city and people of Bozen/Bolzano   ️   

    Back in February, Ely College student visited Bozen and northern Italy, including the Venice Carnival. Throughout the programme students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the German language and culture, as well as becoming a lot more independent as for some of them, this is the first time they go abroad without their parents!

    We hope our exchange students enjoy their time here. We take great pride in our Exchange programme and enjoy enabling students to put their language learning into a real-life context. More photos to come at the end of the week with a recap of their adventures!


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  • Year 10 Drama Workshop with Lee Griffin

    Published 07/06/18

    Our current Year 10 Drama groups are creating a piece of theatre for their GCSE devised unit, which will be performed this June.

    Their themes and topics include identity, body image and current affairs including the national surge in acid attack crimes. Many of the students were keen to explore the use of masks as part of their performance to communicate these themes; so their teacher Ms Seymour invited Lee Griffin an experienced mask workshop Practitioner to introduce the students to the theatre of mask.

    The session was a great success with the students going away with lots of ideas. Megan Godfrey was so inspired she spent the half term making her own mask for her performance piece!

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  • Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

    Published 07/06/18

    Before half term we saw Year 10 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award students complete an expedition in Suffolk. Perfect weather for a hike & students were an absolute credit to the college. Planning their route and overnight camping means this counts towards the Bronze Award! Huge thanks to staff! #PLEDGES #DukeofEdinburgh

    The Duke of Edinburgh's Award are a great way to complete your #PLEDGES in & outside of school. If students are interested in taking part in future expeditions please let Mr. Waters the Scott House Senior Tutor and Duke of Edinburgh Assessor know asap #getivolved #challenge #DofE

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