Cambridge Education Guide Spring:Summer 2020 Newsletter



King’s Ely C A M B R I D G E S H I R E

t King’s Ely, young people are empowered to challenge themselves, to push beyond the boundaries of their own expectations and to achieve more than they ever believed possible. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire, King’s Ely is a leading independent co-educational day and boarding school built on a fascinating history stretching back over 1,000 years. The school serves the academic and pastoral needs of around 1,000 boys and girls from the age of two through to 18, with boarders from eight years old. King’s Ely is located just 15 minutes north of Cambridge and is a short walk from Ely train station, with a huge number of students taking advantage of Ely’s direct rail links. It also has independently run school buses that stop at key locations around Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. The adventure of a King’s Ely education enables pupils of all ages to thrive, from the children in King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery to the young men and women in the Sixth Form. Whether a student shines in a classroom or laboratory, on a stage, on a pitch or on a mountainside, the school promises an abundance of opportunity for personal development, both academically and socially. King’s Ely students achieve superb exam results, with more than half of GCSE grades





engaged young people who have developed learning habits that successfully prepare them for public examinations, higher education and the world of work. When it comes to value added – a measurement monitored and published by the Department for Education – King’s Ely is in the top five Cambridgeshire schools and the top 200 schools nationally. Rather than relying solely on exam results, value added takes account of where each student started from, and the progress they made relative to other, similar students.

achieved in 2019 being the equivalent of A*s and As, and a third of all A-level grades achieved being A*s and As. More than 90% of the students gain a place at their first- choice university or institution each year; not just in the UK, but across the world. However, King’s Ely is about much more than exam results and league tables. Through a broad and balanced curriculum, pupils develop the self-knowledge and inner resilience that will enable them to face the challenges of an ever-changing world. The school’s aim is to create responsible and


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