“MY son and daughter, Toby and Holly Lancaster, joined King’s Ely in Years 3 and Reception, respectively.

“Toby is now in his final year studying Aerospace Engineering in Sheffield after working as an intern for over a year at the BMW Mini Plant in Oxford. Ely Scheme at King’s Ely was a fantastic opportunity for Toby as he progressed through his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The pinnacle was taking part in the Major Expedition to climb the most remote mountain peak in the world in Mongolia. The fact that King’s Ely supported such a trip with all of the associated training was fantastic, and equipped all of those who took part with the sense of adventure that I believe will stay with them for life.

“Academically, King’s Ely really enables students to thrive and both Toby and Holly have excelled, whilst also finding passions in their individual subjects. Whilst Toby found a real interest in Science, Holly took A Levels in History, Spanish, Maths and Extended Project. Her results this summer (2019) have been outstanding and will see her begin her History degree at the University of Newcastle in September. A Levels and the University application process are an incredibly stressful time, and I will be forever thankful for the excellence in pastoral care alongside the teaching at King’s Ely.

“Rowing has featured prominently in Holly’s King’s Ely journey and since stepping foot in the boat in Year 9 it has become a huge part of her life, and has been encouraged and supported by all of the Rowing coaches. The pinnacle year was Year 11 when Holly was selected for the GB Rowing Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme, came second in the quad at Henley Women’s Regatta, won Gold in the quad at the Junior British Championships and came 5th in her single.

“The King’s Ely Boat Club is a very special place and the leadership, camaraderie and dedication that is encouraged really gives a huge amount of confidence to students in all areas. We wish them all the success for the future and thank you to all of the teachers and staff at King’s Ely.”

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