CAMBS. AND ISLE OF ELY COUNTY
THE ELY FEDERATION
JOINT FOREWORD BY THE CHAIRMAN AND THE CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER OF THE CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND ISLE OF ELY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
We are very happy to be able to write a few words to introduce this brochure of information for parents and friends in the area of the Federation.
The new organisation results from many years of careful thought and consultation, and we would wish to express our sincere thanks to all who have played a part in this development.
The Federation will present challenges, opportunities and problems, in which the community of students, parents and friends will have much both to give and to gain.
In this exciting new venture, we wish the greatest of success to all who will be concerned.
EW PARSONS Chairman, Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely Education Committee
GD EDWARDS Chief Education Officer, Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely Education Committee
WHAT IS THE ELY FEDERATION OF VILLAGE COLLEGES?
The Federation is a grouping of four Colleges - the City of Ely College and the Village Colleges at Littleport, Soham and Witchford. The new arrangements have been made in order to develop Secondary Education on comprehensive lines, and further to promote community education with young people and adults.
A single Governing Body will be responsible to the Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely Education Committee for the overall running of the Federation, and a number of Committees are to be established to help the Governors with their work. The curriculum will be planned by a Joint Planning Board consisting of the Principal, Assistant Principal, Director of Sixth Form Centre, and the Wardens of the Village Colleges.
WHAT FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED?
All Colleges will provide a wide range of courses for pupils aged 11-16, and basically equal opportunities will be available at each College. Some courses will lead to G.C.E. 'O' level examinations or the Certificate of Secondary Education, while others will be specially planned to meet the needs of pupils without specific examinations in view.
All Colleges will offer to young people opportunities for recreation, social entertainment, personal development and local service; and to adults a variety of courses, lectures and activities, working closely with local organisations.
Pupils over 16 who wish to pursue sixth form studies will be specially catered for at the City of Ely College Sixth Form Centre, where studies may be followed to a number of examinations including G.C.E. 'A' level. The Centre will include students who intend to go to University or College of Education, who are preparing for other forms of Higher Education or Further Education, who will leave to take up employment, or who wish to continue full-time education beyond the minimum age.
WHICH COLLEGE IS THE ONE FOR MY CHILD?
Children who have been previously admitted to a school or college within the Federation would normally continue there up to the age of 16, and the Colleges concerned will plan their courses to give continuity to pupils already attending. If you are newly arrived in the area, you are advised to see the Principal or the Warden of your nearest College: we can then discuss the best arrangements for your child.
If your son or daughter is transferring from Primary to Secondary education, admission will normally be to the College serving your area.
The catchment areas are as follows:
City of Ely College Ely, Prickwillow, Stuntney. Littleport Village College Littleport, Black Horse Drove, Little Ouse, Little Downham, Pymoor. Soham Village College Soham, Barway, Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham, Kennett, Snailwell, Soham Fen, Upware, Wicken. Witchford Village College Witchford, Coveney, Haddenham, Little Thetford, Mepal, Stretham, Sutton, Wentworth, Wilburton, Witcham.
If for any reason you wish to request admission to a College other than that serving your area, you u should write to the Principal of the City of Ely College.
For youth and adult activities, you are free to enrol at the Club or College of your choice.
WILL THERE BE A SCHOOL UNIFORM?
Yes, for pupils up to the age of 16, but the basic requirements will be the same for all four Colleges:
White or Grey Shirt
Grey Pullover or Jersey
Grey Skirt or Pinafore Dress
Black Blazer, or Cardigan in College colour
Summer Dress to approved pattern
During the period of transition, any existing Secondary school uniform may be worn until the time comes for replacement: thereafter it is hoped that all parents will see that their children are appropriately dressed.
The new Federation tie (black, with narrow stripes of blue, gold and red) will be in the shops by the summer holiday: blazer badges will be decided and made available later in the year.
Fuller details of school clothing, including games kit may be obtained from the individual Colleges. ,
Uniform will not be required in the Sixth Form Centre, but students will be expected to be suitably and safely dressed.
IF I HAVE A PROBLEM, TO WHOM DO I GO FOR HELP?
The senior staff of the Federation will be willing to help in any way they can. The following list of staff may be helpful for reference:
PW Thacker MA
Miss Moody BA
E Armitage MA BSc JP
AE Lawrence MSc FIMA
TB Walker BSc MIERE
Principal, City of Ely College
Tel. Ely 2250
Tel. Ely 2566
Director, Sixth Form Centre
City of Ely College
Tel. Ely 720479
Warden, Littleport Village College
Tel. Littleport 466
Warden, Soham Village College
Tel. Ely 720569 or Ely 720350
Warden, Witchford Village College
Tel. Ely 2053
Head of School, City of Ely College
Tel. Ely 2187
Please Note that in September new telephones will be installed at Ely and Soham: the numbers will then be:
City of Ely College (all departments) Ely 3661
Soham Village College (all departments) Ely 720569
Detailed information is available in the Colleges on most matters of concern to students and parents: If you have a query, please ask.
WHAT BENEFITS WILL BE DERIVED FROM THE FEDERATION?
These will come essentially from the wider range of courses which can be offered, from the better use of resources, and from the professional stimulus which staff will gain from the sharing of problems and experience.
HOW CAN I HELP THE FEDERATION?
If you are a parent, the greatest help you can give is to take a real interest in the education of your son or daughter, to give encouragement and to ensure that proper facilities for study are made available. You can join in or help to lead activities for young people. You can take part in adult groups or classes. There are many ways in which you may help by support, encouragement, involvement or practical help, and such opportunities may increase over the years. If you have any ideas or offers, please get in touch with a member of the senior staff or one of the community tutors: we should like to hear from you!
WHO ARE THE FEDERATION GOVERNORS?
The Education Authority have appointed fourteen Govemors, and a further Governor is to be nominated by the Needhams Foundation. The first Governors are:
Alderman JM Sneesby, of Wilburton
H Palmer JP CC, of Fordham
E Rouse CC, of Ely
FJ Tucker JP CC, of Ely (Chairman)
The Rev. MF Williams MSc CC, of Cheveley
Mrs DM Bacon JP, of Chippenham
Canon JME Bagley MA, of Ely
Mrs NE Bedford, of Ely
WH Constable, of Coveney
KE Darby, of Littleport
Lt Col JR Ennion TD, of Soham
Mrs JH Martin, of Littleport
S Barrett CC, of Chatteris
H Martin MA, of Black Horse Drove
W JEFFERSON & SON, ELY 30887
source: Alan Dench
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