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Music, as you might expect, is particularly strong here and is the heart of the school. It is a cathedral school with traditional choristers, who we were privileged to hear practising. There's also a girls’ choir age 11-16 which runs parallel with the boys', singing daily in the cathedral and performing all over the world. And there is the sixth form choir as well. Mention must go to the award winning...

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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, netball and cricket - golf, basketball, squash and equestrian 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

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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 2019, John Attwater. PPE at Oxford with intentions of joining the foreign office. On leaving university still not sure which direction to take so did a PGCE whilst teaching at Wells Cathedral School. Arrived at Ely from King Edward’s Witley where he was head. Very musical with great experience of chorister schools as a pupil and teacher; he was one at Chichester. Still very musical (‘I love singing') and plans to join school chapel choir ‘when we are allowed to sing again and if they will have me’.

Baptism of fire joining King’s as only one ‘normal’ term before dreaded lockdowns reared their ugly heads. ‘I can’t – or couldn’t – wander round the school as I could have ended up being a super spreader.’ Hence parents (and some pupils)...

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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
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
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 Y
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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