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November 2021

  • More courses launched at Bishop Laney Sixth Form during successful open evening

    Published 26/11/21

    Last week, the doors of Bishop Laney Sixth Form opened to prospective students and their parents for the school’s annual open evening event.

    Due to Government restrictions, last year’s open events had to be held in a virtual environment and so Bishop Laney Sixth Form were delighted to welcome prospective students in person this year. This gave the opportunity for visitors to meet staff and current students and find out all that the Sixth Form has to offer.

    At the open evening, Bishop Laney Sixth Form, part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), announced they would be further increasing their choice of courses for students – now offering 37 courses in total.

    These include a blended offer of A-Level and Technical courses to allow students to tailor their Sixth Form programme and support students’ progression beyond the college in their future careers.

    New A-Level courses for this year have included Further Maths, a more challenging qualification, aimed at extending and deepening students’ understanding beyond the standard A-Level Maths subject. Music Technology has also been introduced for those who are interested in the development of popular music, and in learning and developing practical skills through creative composition, performance and production.

    Adam Steels, Head of Bishop Laney Sixth Form, said: “It was wonderful to be able to welcome people into our college this year and great to see so many families in attendance.

    “We’re so proud that being a student at Bishop Laney Sixth Form has many benefits. We pride ourselves on having an enriching curriculum offer led by our dedicated team of staff who are passionate specialists in their subject areas.

    “Every student is known, valued and supported within Bishop Laney and our extensive selection of study programmes ensure we align with our students’ future aspirations. We have also developed excellent relationships with the local community and beyond, to offer students further opportunities and experience. This can be seen through our thriving partnership with Norwich City Football Club, designed to develop students’ employability and wider skills through the club’s Regional Football Development Programme.

    “We hope all those in attendance of our open evening gained a real insight into what the college has to offer, our supportive learning environment, and I look forward to welcoming many of them into our Sixth Form next academic year.”

    Prospective students were able to take part in demonstrations across the college’s A-Level science courses, try out the workshop and studio environments on offer to Design Technology and Fashion & Textiles students and test out their theoretical reasoning with the Philosophy department. Students could also visit the college’s Skills Centre, to see the Bistro laid out for a full student-led three course service, receive a mini treatment from Beauty Therapy students and visit the A-Level Maths department, where they could sample some high-level question papers.

    Families attending the open evening were encouraged to take a lateral flow test before the event and wear face coverings while in the school building to ensure a safe and Covid-secure environment.

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  • Schools across Ely mark Remembrance Day ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 17/11/21

    Students and staff across Ely schools paid their respects to those who lost their lives during special services and initiatives to commemorate Remembrance Day.

    At the Lantern Primary School, which is part of Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), the whole school was able to come together via Microsoft Teams to take part in a Remembrance Day assembly at 11am. The school listened to the Last Post and sat silently for two minutes.

    Following the assembly, pupils took part in art activities and listened to poems about remembrance which helped to mark the day’s significance.

    Benita Sherrington, Acting Principal at the Lantern Primary School, said: “In addition to our special service, our Year 6 pupils recycled plastic bottles to create 200 poppies which they planted into the bank of our front playground for us all to enjoy.

    “After all the poppies were placed, pupils observed two minutes silence in front of the display which moved some to tears. The significance of the ceremony was made more poignant for the Year 6 pupils who are currently studying World War Two.

    “Throughout the day and during the two minutes silence, the children were so mature and respectful, and we are so proud of them all.”

    At Downham Feoffees Primary Academy (DFPA), which is part of CMAT, the Principal, Susan Jaques, led a whole school outdoor assembly to commemorate Armistice Day. All members of the school community, including the Chair of DFPA's Academy Council, Mr. Hollington, observed the two-minute silence at 11:00am. DFPA’s Heads of Pupil Voice read the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.

    Julia Stead, Assistant Principal, said: “It was very moving to see such respect and consideration shown by all our children.

    “Children who are part of the Scouting and Guiding Movement came to school dressed in their Rainbow, Brownie, Beaver and Cub uniforms, looking very smart in honour of the significant day.”

    During the afternoon, as part of DFPA’s work to link maths with the wider curriculum, Year 1 enjoyed using 2D shapes to print poppies, plus different types of paper to create landscape backgrounds. Year 6 continued to link all activities to their topic this term, World War II.

    At Ely College, which is also part of CMAT, the school observed a two-minute silence at 11am on Thursday but deferred their official Act of Remembrance to Friday as the college was hosting the school vaccination team for the delivery of the Flu Vaccines for students. The following day, students gathered once again, joined by the Ely Branch of the Royal British Legion standard bearers. The college’s principal, Simon Warburton, read the Exhortation and the music students sounded the Last Post.

    Simon Warburton, Principal at Ely College, said: “It was lovely to see our students across Ely College and Bishop Laney Sixth Form making us proud today.

    “Thank you to the Ely Branch of the Royal British Legion standard bearers for joining us for such a commemorative day. To be able to come together as a community and remember those that gave up their lives for our freedom was a special experience and I want to thank everyone for their contributions to such a respectful service.”


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  • Tickets on sale Friday 5th Nov!!

    Published 02/11/21

    Remember Remember... Tickets go on sale on Friday 5th November!

    Get your Tickets from 9am Friday via Wisepay for one of our three School of Rock musical dates! We had to postpone this year, but we are rocking out in rehearsals and have an amazing show lined up for you all!

    Thank you for supporting this production and Ely College!

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