Maxine Eddleston is a former King’s Ely student and member of Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir. She is now a self-employed chef.

“King’s Ely is a very special school. There is something for everyone and people will go out of their way to help you.

“I joined Etheldreda House at King’s Ely Senior in Year 9. I found the first few weeks very tough, adapting to being away from home for the first time and fitting into a house full of teenage girls. Once I’d settled, I realised this was the best opportunity I’d ever been given. The girls in my boarding house became my family and they are all still my closest friends!

“My two passions at school were Music and Food/Cooking (they still are) and King’s Ely enabled me to thrive in both of these subjects, with teachers giving up their free time to help or just chat/offer guidance around the subjects.

“Being a chorister taught me discipline, how to be a team player and the need to manage your time. Despite it being hard work, the rewards were well worth it and it instilled a strong work ethic in me, which has given me a great deal of self-confidence.

“My five years at King’s Ely enabled me to grow as a person and achieve things I never thought I’d be able to. I’ve since gone on to travelling the world as a freelance pastry chef and have the courage to take opportunities as and when they arise.”

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