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King's Ely

King's Ely

Ely, CB7 4EW, Cambridgeshire

01353 660707



King's Ely
School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Founded 973
Principal Mr John Attwater
Date Appointed September 2019
Co-ed Age Range 2-18
Number of pupils 1,120
Day fees per annum £10,470 - £22,305
Boarding fees per annum £23,580 - £32,280
Average Class Size Max 20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:9
Associations HMC,BSA, AGBIS, ISBA, CSA

We know that if we could bottle the spirit of King's Ely we would be onto a real winner, but we would like you to come and experience it for yourself.

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire, King's Ely is an inspiringly visionary independent coeducational day and boarding school, yet one that is built on a fascinating history stretching back over 1,000 years.

We serve the academic and pastoral needs of around 1,000 boys and girls from the age of 2 through to 18, with boarders from 8 years old. King's Ely is located just 15 minutes north of Cambridge and a short walk from Ely train station, with a huge number of students taking advantage of Ely's direct rail links. We also have independently-run school buses which stop at key locations across the region.

The adventure of a King's Ely education enables pupils of all ages to flourish, from the children in King's Ely Acremont and Nursery to the young men and women in our Sixth Form; and whether a student shines in a classroom or lab, on a stage, on a pitch or on a mountainside, our school promises an abundance of opportunity for personal development, both academically and socially.

We empower our young people to challenge themselves, to push beyond the boundaries of their own expectations and to achieve more than they ever believed possible. King's Ely students achieve excellent GCSE and A Level results, with 98% gaining places in their first or insurance choice university. But our school is about much more than league tables.

Innovative approaches to teaching and learning are the hallmark of every section of King's Ely. 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.

Music, drama, art and textiles are each embedded in the culture of King's Ely, with vast opportunities for pupils of all abilities and aspirations. All major sports are offered, along with an impressive array of other activities, helping every pupil to realise their sporting potential. Rowing, athletics, golf, cricket, hockey, tennis, rugby, netball, equestrian and football - the choices are endless. The working week, which no longer includes formal lessons on Saturdays, also enables pupils to participate fully in regional and national events.

King's Ely boasts some of the region’s most historic buildings yet teaching facilities are modern and purpose-built. Our close links with Ely Cathedral make the perfect setting for concerts and performances, a daily extension to the school's workspace, the school chapel, and a place of outstanding beauty and spirituality.

Boarders, including the Ely Cathedral Boy and Girl Choristers, live in picturesque boarding houses, well led by caring housemasters and housemistresses. A strong pastoral structure where childhood is respected and cherished is a key feature.

From the high peaks of the Himalayas to the gushing torrents of the rivers in the Alps, our unique Ely Scheme also offers boundless opportunities for pupils to learn through outdoor education. We also give students the chance to undertake their Duke of Edinburgh Award at all three levels.

King's Ely is a family - a community that is vibrant, nurturing and inclusive. We are a school that can take each child on a seamless journey, travelling from one section to the next, whilst welcoming newcomers at key transition stages. Only by visiting King's Ely can you feel the energy and warmth of our community.