King’s Ely, previously The King’s School, is a coeducational independent day and boarding school in Ely, Cambridgeshire. The School is steeped in history, and with origins going back to 970 AD, it is certainly among the oldest schools in the world. King’s Ely consists of a nursery, a reception class, junior school, senior school and an international school.
King’s Ely International and King’s Ely Senior run side by side with overseas students constantly engaging with fellow students from King’s Ely Senior for extra-curricular and co-curricular events and activities.
The School’s historic buildings are located beside the famous Ely Cathedral. The River Ouse, Ely City Golf Club, and the train station are all a short walk away. The city of Ely is well connected to London, and Cambridge is just a short bus or train journey away.
Boarding and pastoral care
Separate boarding houses for King’s Ely International boys and girls ensure they are provided with the expected privileges and comfort.
Boys board in St Dunstan’s House, just a short stroll away from the Cathedral, with classrooms and the Dining Hall a short walk away. Plans are in force to move the girls’ boarding residences to the medieval Old Palace, which has been refurbished.
Running so many schools at the same time, King’s Ely has the experience and know-how to ensure that students feel secure and that they are able to enjoy their time in a caring environment. Round-the-clock supervision, as well as a team of duty staff, House parents, matrons and House Tutors all provide care and advice to overseas students in any matter.
Students follow a structured, well-thought out study path to help them achieve their long-term goals.
First of all, it is common for international students to take the pre-GCSE course as preparation for an intensive 1 Year GCSE programme. A full curriculum is covered, with emphasis put upon developing the student’s English skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The Pre-GCSE Curriculum includes 9 core subjects, among them Maths, ICT, Physics and English. Each subject is taught three times per week and each session lasts for 50 minutes.
For the one year intensive GCSE programme, students normally study six GCSEs, but they can do nine if they are able and have wider interests. IGCSEs are also offered.
Upon completion of GCSEs, students move on to the Sixth Form of King’s Ely or they transfer to other independent schools in the UK.
Sport, music and trips outside of Ely play a huge role in pupils’ school lives. Music is particularly thriving at the School, with the yearly House Music Competition, where King’s Ely International students can present their self-created House Song.
As a step to familiarise international students with British culture and provide them with an all-round education, Sunday excursions are organised to places of local and national interest. These destinations include Cambridge, the coastal resort of Hunstanton and Welney nature reserve. London, York, Oxford, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon are also possibilities. In addition to day trips, there are also three residential trips each year; to an outdoor activity centre in Norfolk at the start of the school year as a king of ice-breaker for students to get to know one another. A weekend trip to London to see the sights and a West End Theatre production is planned for the end of the first term. These two trips are included within the fees. At the end of the school year, the Summer Residential Trip enables students to visit a place of cultural interest, such as Bath or Brighton.