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King's Ely

King's Ely

Ely, CB7 4EW, Cambridgeshire

01353 660707



King's Ely
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Prep & Senior, Nursery & Sixth Form
Founded 970 AD
Principal Mr John Attwater
Date Appointed September 2019
Co-ed Age Range 2-18 years
Number of pupils 1,140
Day fees per annum £12,477 - £26,214 per annum
Boarding fees per annum £27,843 - £38,655 per annum
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:9
Associations HMC,BSA, AGBIS, ISBA, CSA

Nestled in the beautiful cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire, King's Ely is a leading independent co-educational day and boarding school. We are located just 15 minutes from Cambridge and one hour from London, with direct rail links to both.

As one of the oldest schools in the country, King's Ely nurtures the academic and pastoral needs of around 1,100 pupils from the age of 2 through to 18. We are proud to have received an 'excellent' rating in all areas following our latest ISI Inspection, recognising the highest levels of pastoral care, academic rigour, and extra-curricular activity. Ely Cathedral serves as our school chapel and makes the perfect setting for assemblies and concerts.

The ethos of a King's Ely education enables pupils of all ages to flourish, from the children in King's Ely Acremont Pre-Prep to the young men and women in our Sixth Form. The progress that young people make throughout their King's Ely journey is astounding, and accounts for our high placement in local and national added-value rankings, including the top five in Cambridgeshire. Whether a student shines in a classroom, in a laboratory, on a stage, on a pitch or on a mountainside, we promise an abundance of opportunity for personal development, both academically and socially.

Innovative approaches to teaching and learning are the hallmark of every section of King's Ely. Through a broad and enriched curriculum, pupils develop the self-knowledge and inner resilience to enable them to face the challenges of an ever-changing world. Every year, our students secure places at their first-choice university or institution, not just in the UK, but across the globe. This year, pupils have gone on to study subjects as diverse as Mathematics and Film, to Ecology and Creative Writing.

However, our aim is for students to develop learning habits that successfully prepare them for life, not just exams. As reported in the Good Schools Guide, King's Ely "turns out well-rounded, likeable individuals who attain academically but who also realise there is more to life than just results."

Music, Drama and Theatre, Art, Fashion and Textiles, Photography and Dance 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. Our Boat Club is located just a short walk from school, providing an uninterrupted stretch of water that runs for over 15 miles in each direction - and which Cambridge University Boat Club athletes use too.

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

The range of clubs and activities on offer to pupils, both during and after school, is vast. Pre-Prep children enjoy things like Forest School and Engineering Club; Prep children enjoy clubs like Archery and Pottery, and Senior pupils enjoy clubs like Clay Pigeon Shooting and Language Leaders. There really is something for everyone.

We were delighted to be a finalist in the 2020-21 Independent Schools of the Year Awards. However, King's Ely is more than a school. We are a community, a family. We take each child on a seamless journey, travelling from one section to the next, whilst welcoming newcomers at key transition stages, giving support and adapting the offering to the needs of every child in our care. With over 35 nationalities represented at King's Ely, students enjoy their schooldays in the company of friends from a range of cultures and backgrounds.

Book your family's visit to King's Ely today!