King’s Ely, Ely, Cambridgeshire


Shortlisted in the 2020 Independent Schools of the Year Awards, King’s Ely is a leading independent co-educational day and boarding school built on a fascinating history stretching back over 1,000 years, making it one of the oldest schools in the world.

King’s Ely serves the academic and pastoral needs of around 1,000 boys and girls from the age of 2 through to 18, with boarders from 7 years old. The school is located in the beautiful and safe cathedral city of Ely, which is just 15 minutes from Cambridge and 1 hour from London’s airports, with direct rail links to both.

The adventure of a King’s Ely education enables pupils of all ages and all nationalities to flourish, and whether a student shines in a classroom, 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’s vibrant and dynamic boarding environment encourages pupils to really live their lives to the full. Boarders appreciate what it means to be part of a highly supportive community and actively encourage each other to achieve their potential. Living and growing together, students understand how their actions affect others; they learn to be considerate and tolerant of different views as well as resilient to the challenges that life and learning can bring. The rich cultural diversity that students from 40 different countries bring to the school’s community is a real cause for celebration.

King’s Ely empowers 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 pupils achieve excellent GCSE and A-level results and in 2019, 98% of students gained a place at their first choice university or institution. However, the school is about much more than exam results and league tables. As reported in the Good Schools Guide, King’s Ely is a “friendly, well-balanced, caring community valued for getting the best from a broad range of abilities”.

King’s Ely boasts some of the region’s most historic buildings yet teaching facilities are modern and purpose-built. The close links with Ely Cathedral – one of the finest cathedrals in the world – 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 and community-spirited boarding houses, well led by caring housemasters and housemistresses. A strong pastoral structure where childhood is respected and cherished is a key feature.

King’s Ely is a family – a community that is vibrant, nurturing and inclusive. King’s Ely is 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, giving support and adapting the offering to the needs of every child in its care. Only by visiting King’s Ely can you feel the energy and warmth of their community.

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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 aim is to create responsible and engaged young people who have developed learning habits that successfully prepare them for public examinations, higher education and the challenging world of work.

Music, Drama, Art, Textiles and Dance are each embedded in the culture of King’s Ely, with vast opportunities for pupils of all abilities and aspirations. Recent accolades include a 5* review for the original production, Ugly Youth, at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, King’s Ely boys a cappella group, the King’s Barbers, being crowned National Champions, the school winning the Art & Craft category at the Education Business Awards 2018 and their Photography Department being victorious in the Ilford Photo Student Photography Competition for three years running.

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. The school’s 1st XV boys’ rugby team have just had an unbeaten season and students are regularly called up to county and national level, plus they enjoyed success at the British Rowing Senior Championships in 2019 and the National Equestrian Championships in 2018.

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

School fees for King’s Ely International in 2023 – 2024 are:

£ 46,929 per year year 11 including boarding

£ 44,330 per year years 9 and 10 including boarding

£ 35,492 per year years 5 to 8 including boarding

Annual fees are customarily payable in three equal installments, each of which is payable seven days before the first day of term.

The school fees include breakfast, lunch and evening meal. The tuition fee also includes Sunday excursions (but not the residential trips), text books and an issue of basic stationery; IGCSE examination entry fees; music and drama and any other individual lesson will be charged in addition

to the tuition fees as well as any charges from requests for re-marks, appeals or late changes in entries requested by students.

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