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  • Independent School of the Year 2020 – Performing Arts

    Wells Cathedral School are delighted to announce they have won Independent School of the Year 2020 in the Performing Arts category. The award seeks to highlight the exceptional opportunities that pupils experience in the Performing Arts at Wells, with praise for its elite and general programmes being noted by the judges’ panel. The Drama Department provides a hugely rich, varied and inspiring programme of theatre trips and visiting professional workshops. Its Trinity Speech and Drama programme continues to flourish, with...

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  • Exciting new Erasmus+ project for King’s Ely and two European partner schools

    KING’S Ely students with a love for learning languages and experiencing different cultures are to reap the benefits of a new Erasmus+ project. King’s Ely has secured funding from the European Commission and British Council to deliver ‘The Village’ – a collaborative project involving King’s Ely and two of its partner schools, IES Andrés Vandelvira in Albacete, Spain and College Chaloupe Saint-Leu in La Reunion, France. The two-year project will involve dozens of students from each school and the aim...

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  • Pocklington School launches plans to further boost academic focus, increase choice and meet the needs of modern family life

    New plans have been unveiled at Pocklington School in East Yorkshire to support the School’s strategic goal of further improving academic performance, increasing pupils’ independence and meeting the needs of modern family life. Led by Headmaster Toby Seth and endorsed by Chair of Governors Tim Stephenson, the plans focus around a new ‘working week’ which will see pupils spending more time in academic lessons across a five day week, Monday to Friday, with Saturdays reserved for sports fixtures and a...

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  • The Music Plays on at Dauntsey’s

    In spite of the restrictions imposed by Covid 19, music has continued to thrive at Dauntsey’s. Two on-line solo recital concerts took place in September and October, featuring GCSE and A Level students. A wide programme including Mozart, Chopin, Handel, as well as more recent musical theatre numbers, entertained viewers and provided valuable performance experience for the students. Just before half-term pupils took part in the heats of the Lower School Music Competition. The range of instruments, variety of styles,...

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  • King’s Ely teacher’s 100-mile challenge in aid of Armed Forces charity

    Helen Melville, a Geography Teacher at King’s Ely Senior, is challenging herself to run 100 miles throughout November to not only put her stamina to the test but also raise as much money as she can for the Royal British Legion, a charity that provides financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants. Helen, who lives in Downham Market, Norfolk, said: “In what has been a very challenging year, all...

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  • King’s Ely designer through to finals of esteemed competition

    A CREATIVE King’s Ely student has reached the finals of a prestigious fashion design competition. Namo Sajarattanachote, who is in Year 13 at King’s Ely Sixth Form, has been named a finalist in this year’s RECO Young Designer Competition, hailed the largest upcycling fashion design contest in Thailand. Sponsored by Indorama Ventures PCL, the competition is organised to raise awareness about how polyester ‘waste’ can be used to create brilliant, inspiring designs. RECO also aims to demonstrate new skills, and...

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  • Dauntsey’s Dances On

    Covid 19 has inevitably impacted the way in which Dance is being taught at Dauntsey’s but the School has come up with some creative solutions to continue this very popular activity Classes are now non-contact and mixed age group dance clubs have been suspended, with single year group sessions replacing specialised groups. There has been a great uptake in Dance across the Lower School, leading many sessions to be held outside, making the most of the large campus setting the...

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  • Dauntsey’s has seen a strong uptake in rowing this term.

    Rowers have been out on the water in the autumn sunshine honing their skills and trying out different seating combinations. Rowing is an Upper School games option in the Autumn and Summer terms for Fifth Formers and above, with the students rowing with Bradford-upon-Avon rowing Club each week. Miss Pearson, one of the teachers responsible for the rowing programme at Dauntsey’s, said; “No experience is needed and almost all pupils are complete beginners with they start with us. Rowing is...

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  • King’s Ely teacher writes his thirtieth book

    A TEACHER at King’s Ely has written a new book all about the subject he loves. ‘Why Study Geography?’ is the thirtieth book that Alan Parkinson, Head of Geography at King’s Ely Junior, has written or co-written. Alan said: “Considering studying Geography at University? Wondering whether a Geography degree will get you a good job, and what you might earn? Want to know what it’s actually like to study Geography at A Level or even degree level? My new book...

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  • King’s Ely student to compete in prestigious maths contest

    A KING’S Ely student has been selected to represent the UK in an international mathematics competition. Eleanor MacGillivray, who is in Year 12 at King’s Ely Senior, is one of only six students from the UK who has been chosen to compete in the 2020 Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (BMO) – a 4.5 hour competition taking place in November. The BMO, now in its 37th year, was due to be held in Romania this year, however it will take place remotely...

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