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King’s Ely

An independent co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 13-18 with a linked junior school

  • Headmaster: John Attwater
  • Pupils: 1018 – Boarders: 250
  • Boys: 544 - Girls: 474
  • Boarding fees: up to £43,476 per annum
  • A Level curriculum in the Sixth Form

About the School

King’s Ely is an 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.

The School 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. King’s Ely 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.

The adventure of a King’s Ely education enables pupils of all ages 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.

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. King’s Ely pupils achieve strong GCSE and A-level results and in 2019, 98% of students gained a place at their first or insurance choice university. However, the school is about much more than exam results and league tables.

Music, Drama, Art, Textiles and Dance are each embedded in the culture of King’s Ely, with vast opportunities for pupils of all abilities. 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. King’s Ely’s reputation in rowing advances year on year, with use of one of the best stretches of river in the country. The working week, which no longer includes formal lessons on Saturdays, also enables pupils to participate fully in regional and national events.

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

King’s Ely boasts some of the region’s most historic, picturesque buildings yet teaching facilities are modern and purpose-built. Close links with Ely Cathedral – one of the finest cathedrals in the world – make the perfect setting for assemblies and concerts.

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

Staff and Student Quotes

“We know you want your son or daughter to be part of a thriving British academic, cultural and pastoral experience. And so they will be. Our international pupils live, study, play and learn alongside British students where our experienced pastoral and academic teams ensure they receive the most appropriate and personal level of personal support. Our awareness of international linguistic, personal and cultural needs is excellent.”

Mr. Matthew Norbury
Academic Director, King’s Ely International

“I have enjoyed every day of the four years I have spent at King’s Ely so far! I joined King’s Ely in Year 9 and was warmly welcomed by both the school and the boarding community. Many of my first friends who helped me to get comfortable with King’s Ely remain my close friends to this day, even though some of them have already graduated from the school.”

Maxim Bobrov
Age: 17 from Russia

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