The Governors of King’s Ely are committed to broadening access to the school by supporting the education of Boy and Girl Choristers of Ely Cathedral through Choral Awards; providing a number of funded Scholarships to talented pupils to promote the continuation of excellence; recognising family loyalty by offering a Sibling Discount; and providing allowances for eligible families of the Armed Forces, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Clergy.

All awards are subject to high standards of attendance, diligence and behaviour on the pupil’s part and are reviewed annually.

Details of the awards available and the application process are detailed below:

Choral Awards

The school supports the music of Ely Cathedral by providing a range of Choral Awards and Scholarships for choristers and former choristers.  Please see the table below for details:

DescriptionDay or Boarding Fee BasisFee RemissionComments
Boy Junior Probationary Chorister (Year 3)Day20%Please see the Junior section for more information.
Serving King’s Ely Boy Chorister (Years 4-8)Boarding50%Please see the Junior section for more information.
King’s Ely Junior Former Boy ChoristerDay or Boarding (depending on day/boarding status of child)33%Please see the Junior section for more information, including changes to a boy’s voice before or during Year 8.
King’s Ely Senior Former Boy ChoristerDay or Boarding (depending on day/boarding status of child)33%Available to any boy previously from any Cathedral Choir, including King’s Ely Cathedral Choir, and who continues to contribute to music at King’s Ely, until the end of Year 11.
Ely Cathedral Girls’ ChoirBoarding33%Required to be a boarder. Must meet the King's Ely Senior entry requirements and make a significant contribution to Ely Cathedral Services.
Former Ely Cathedral Girls’ ChoirDay or Boarding (depending on day/boarding status of child)25%In Year 11, girls in ECGC will be given the opportunity to apply for a Sixth Form Choral Award for Year 12 and Year 13 which will allow them to continue receiving a 33% remission. If they decide to take a step back from ECGC during the Sixth Form and the fuller commitment of the choir, then the remission will reduce to 25%.
Sixth Form Choral AwardDay or Boarding (depending on day/boarding status of child)33%Boys and girls entering Year 12 and girls who sing with the Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, who must board, may apply for Choral Scholarship status as they enter the Sixth Form. From September 2018, pupils joining the school will receive 33% of the boarding fee. Please see the Senior section for more information.
Organ Scholarship (Sixth Form)Day or Boarding (depending on day/boarding status of child)50%Please see the Sixth Form section for more information.

We would like to ensure that any suitably talented boy or girl is not prevented from taking up a choristership for financial reasons. Although we cannot guarantee the outcome, we are happy to consider applications for a means-tested Bursary in order to assist any suitable student to take up a chorister place. Before applying for any supplementary means-tested Bursary from King’s Ely, parents of Junior Choristers should consult the Choir Schools Association to request financial support.

The Chapter of Ely Cathedral fully fund the fee remission for the first 17 Boy Chorister positions. All Boy Choristers are required to board in Choir House. Boys entering into Year 12 may apply to become a Choral Scholar. Boys joining from September 2018 will be awarded 33% of the applicable school fees.

Governors provide Choral Awards to a maximum of 18 Girl Choristers who form the Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir (ECGC). Girl Choristers are required to board. From September 2018, the school will offer a fee remission of 33% off the boarding fee for girls starting ECGC in either Year 7 or 8 until they reach the end of Year 11. In Year 11, girls will be given the opportunity to apply for a Sixth Form Choral Award for Year 12 and Year 13 which will allow them to continue receiving a 33% remission. If they decide to take a step back from ECGC during the Sixth Form and the fuller commitment of the choir, then the remission will reduce to 25%.

Holders of Choral/Former Choral Awards and Scholarships remain eligible for academic or music scholarships, which are awarded after a competitive examination in the Lent Term of each year. However, the monetary value of any scholarship awarded will be subsumed by the Choral Award or Scholarship, which, at 33% and 50% of the boarding fee respectively, is well in excess of our present maximum scholarship of 10% of the day fee. In qualifying cases, fees may be further subsidised by additional, means-tested Bursary funding.


Scholarships are also awarded following an application process for the following:

  • Academic Scholarships for entry into Year 9
  • Year 9 specialist Scholarships for Music, Art, Drama, STEM and Sport
  • Sixth Form Scholarships (on entry into Year 12) are open to existing pupils or to candidates from other schools following their GCSEs.

Please note: most scholarship financial related awards are subsumed by any Choral Awards.

Governors are particularly appreciative if parents whose child has been selected for a scholarship are willing to surrender some or all of any financial benefit to another pupil who needs assistance. Their own child would still retain the status of scholar.

All scholarships expire at the end of Year 11 (a fresh application to enter into Year 12 is required).

Parents of eligible scholarship applicants are contacted by letter to invite applications. The letter provides clear timelines within the application and assessment process.

Packages of private music/instrument/vocal lessons awarded to a number of music/choral scholars and all active choristers as detailed within the Scholarship award letter will be paid directly by the school to the self-employed Visiting Music Teacher. If parents wish to have any extra lessons over and above this allowance, they will need to make the arrangements directly with the teacher. Equally, if parents wish to cancel the lessons, they will need to provide the teacher with half a term’s notice in line with their contractual arrangement, otherwise charges to the parents will likely apply.

Payment is subject to continuing good performance and behaviour and an ongoing contribution to the specialist subject areas. All scholarships are reviewed annually.

King’s and Queen’s Scholars

Up to 12 of the top scholars in Year 12 are nominated for these prestigious but honorary scholarships, for which there is no application process. King’s and Queen’s Scholars become members of the Cathedral Foundation, qualify for certain privileges, and receive a small financial award in recognition of their status.

Excellence is the only criterion.


Further funds are made available for:

  • A fee remission of up to 10% for children of Clergy serving the Christian faith within the Anglican Communion (available from Reception Year).
  • Boarding children eligible for Armed Forces Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) receive an allowance such that taking into account any other Scholarships and/or Awards, the parental contribution is limited to 10% of the boarding fees (the CEA Allowance pays the remaining 90%). This will be reviewed if the MoD changes significantly the CEA scheme and/or the funding arrangements at any time in the future.
  • Children of those Crown Servants eligible for the existing Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) CEA scheme will be guaranteed that the school fees payable remain within the FCO’s CEA annual ceilings (from Year 3). This will be reviewed if the FCO change significantly the CEA scheme and/or their funding arrangements at any time in the future.
  • A sibling discount of 10% of the day fees is awarded to the third child and subsequent children of the same immediate family attending King’s Ely. The discount is only available whilst three or more children from the same parent(s) are at King’s Ely concurrently and only available from Year 3 onwards. The discount will apply to the youngest child(ren), irrespective of the order of entry into the school, and will cease as older siblings leave school.

To apply/be considered for any of the above allowances, please ensure that through the Admissions process (Acceptance Form) it is made clear that you fall into any of the categories above. For sibling discount, we will normally pick this up automatically, but again, this should be flagged up during the Admissions process.