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  • King's Ely
    Barton Road
    CB7 4DB
  • Head: Mrs Sue Freestone
  • T 01353 660707
  • F 01353 667485
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 1 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cambridgeshire
  • Pupils: 1,025; 200 boarders (incl King's Ely International); sixth formers: 180
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £9,792 - £20,853; Boarding £22,053 - £30,189 pa. KEI Day £21,660 - £28,998; Boarding £29,841 - £38,328 pa
  • Open days: Open events are held every Autumn, however tours and visits are available all year round.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Both ends of ability spectrum well served, with support and extension classes available. ‘Confidence is encouraged, but not cockiness’, commented a mother. Tutor groups are reshuffled each year, to break up cliques and expand friendship groups.  Tremendous range of opportunities, from rowing at 6:30am to singing in cathedral services. Music predominates, with more than 50 per cent learning an instrument, and ensembles, choirs and orchestras galore. Junior school includes the 22 boy choristers, who alongside daily rehearsals, services and instrumental practice have a demanding schedule...

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What the school says...

A friendly, well-balanced, caring community which is valued for getting the best from a broad range of abilities whether Oxbridge or average. Founded over 1,000 years ago, King's Ely enjoys an exceptional setting next to Ely Cathedral. Music is a special strength and up to 500 individual lessons are given each week in addition to timetabled music classes. The equivalent of a whole working day each week is devoted to sport, the unique outdoor pursuits programme (Ely Scheme) and creative and performing arts. There is a strong rowing tradition in addition to team sports - rugby, football, hockey and cricket - golf, basketball, squash and sailing are also available. Boarding is increasingly popular. The campus is a five minute walk from the station - Cambridge is only 15 minutes by rail - and there are mainline links country-wide. School buses run from Cambridge, Newmarket and Huntingdon. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Russian at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Russian at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Business Studies: Single at an English Independent School (Cambridge International Certificate Level 1/Level 2)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Business Studies: Single at an English Independent School (Cambridge International Certificate Level 1/Level 2)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Textiles) at an English Independent School (GCSE)

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.


Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Mrs Sue Freestone GRSM Med LRAM ARCM (60s), who joined the school as head in 2004. She is again in charge of the senior school, after the brief tenure of Alex McGrath as head. Trained at the Royal Academy of Music and Bristol University. Was formerly head of Sibford School, and before that conductor and director of music at Colston Girls. Very energetic, approachable and unstuffy, with strongly held convictions and an expectation of high standards for herself, the staff and pupils.

Leaving in July 2019.

Head of senior school from September 2018 will be Jonathan Shaw, currently vice principal of Elizabeth College, Guernsey. History degree from Nottingham and MA in leadership from the Institute of Education. He is married to Katharine, also a teacher, and...

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Special Education Needs

SENCO and Learning Support Assistant see individuals and small groups before, during and after timetabled day.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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