New King’s Ely Scholars installed during Choral Evensong

December 21, 2021

King’s Ely’s new King’s, Queen’s and International Scholars have been formally admitted.

The school’s King’s Scholars for this academic year are William Biggs, Benjamin Collier, Joseph Coppin, Freddie Hills, Jonathan Iles, Ben Kittoe, Connor Marshall and Daniel Millard. Queen’s Scholars are Nia Baird, Alice O’Callaghan, Lauren Peck and Alice Wallace. International Scholars are Yi (Judy) Du and PiaoPiao Li.

The 14 new Scholars were installed by the Principal of King’s Ely, John Attwater, and the Dean of Ely, The Very Revd Mark Bonney, during a special Choral Evensong at Ely Cathedral.

The Scholars, their families, the school’s Year 13 Scholars, The Bishop of Ely; The Right Revd Stephen Conway, and The Dean of Chichester; The Very Revd Stephen Waine, were among a controlled number of guests who attended the service, which was also livestreamed to enable those who were unable to attend to still celebrate the occasion.

King’s Scholars were inaugurated by Henry VIII in 1541, followed by Queen’s Scholars at the request of Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. The Scholarships are honorary positions, awarded annually on the basis of students’ GCSE results.

Scholars, who are all Year 12 students at King’s Ely, become members of the Ely Cathedral Foundation, strengthening the special link between the school and the cathedral, and they also qualify for other privileges and appointments throughout the year.

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