Skip to main content
  • King's Ely
    Old Palace
    Palace Green
    Ely
    Cambridgeshire
    CB7 4EW
  • Head: John Attwater
  • T 01353 660707
  • F 01353 667485
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.kingsely.org
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cambridgeshire
  • Pupils: 1,038; sixth formers: 179
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £10,470 - £22,305; Boarding £23,580 - £32,280 pa
  • Open days: Open events for all sections of the school are held every Spring and Autumn, however personal tours and visits are available all year round.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • 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...

Read review »

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 across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. ...Read more

Do you know this school?

The schools we choose, and what we say about them, are founded on parents’ views. If you know this school, please share your views with us.

Please login to post a comment.

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.

Sports

Unusual sports

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

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since September 2019, John Attwater, previously head of King Edward’s School Witley. Studied philosophy and politics at Oxford and trained as a teacher at York. Began his teaching career at Wells Cathedral School where he became head of religious studies and housemaster. Deputy head (co-curriculum) at Sevenoaks School, before moving to his previous headship in 2010.

Head of senior school since September 2018, Jonathan Shaw, previously 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 they have two children.

Head of the junior school since 2008, Richard Whymark BA (Ed) (40s). Previously head of Stonar Junior and before that head of boarding and deputy head of Salisbury Cathedral School....

Subscribe now for instant access to read The Good Schools Guide review.

Already subscribed? Login here.

Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

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
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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

  Zoopla sale properties   Zoopla rent properties   Hide Zoopla markers

Powered by Zoopla

Who came from where


Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews:

30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory
 Instant access to in-depth UK school reviews
 Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools
 Independent tutor company reviews

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

The Good Schools Guide subscription

GSG Blog >    In the news >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

The Good Schools Guide Newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.

Countdown to the first day of term