Autumn Term 2020

Keeping you seasonally up to date at Ely Diocese…

All schools, churches and care homes in the Diocese of Ely and beyond are warmly invited to take part in a live Christingle Service, in support of The Children’s Society, with the Bishop of Ely on the 14th December at 1.30pm at Ely Cathedral.

The virtual service will be live streamed via Ely Cathedral’s website: and YouTube channel:

We also encourage all schools to be involved in local parish Christingle activities.

Invitation to Christingle at Ely Cathedral and to Flood the Night

On the News and Events page you can find further information and a video from the Bishop of Ely on making and meaning of Christingles.

Find out more about the meaning and symbolism of the Christingle by watching this short clip featuring The Bishop of Ely.

Information for headteachers 22nd September

Last January we sent the school a request to “Save the date” for the 2020 Church Leaders Conference, which we were planning to hold at the Duxford Conference Centre on 2nd October. We have postponed this event, for obvious reasons, and now plan to hold an event in its place later in the year. I would be grateful if you would pass this information on to your Chair of Governors who was also sent the invitation.

Bishop Stephen will record a special message for schools on 2nd October. We will send this to you, to share on an appropriate occasion.

We all look forward to seeing you at the Leadership Forum at 10 am on 7th October. Please look out for the Zoom invitation which will be sent to you at the beginning of that week.

The Diocese of Ely Education Directorate website has been improved over the summer. We hope you find it more accessible to use and to navigate. Our aim is for the website to be a source of relevant information and guidance. To access follow the link below or cut and paste into the address bar at the top of your browser.

Christine Page Diocesan Head of School Performance

Mob: 07538 099154

If you have any difficulties in accessing the ElyEducation website, please contact; Rev’d Sue Martin

10th September 2020

This term we start back at school with a ‘ new normal’ way of working. It will be wonderful to know that our children are back at school, but there will be challenges and issues along the way as we progress into the term.

Our education team are working to support schools, their whole community, leaders, pupils, and parents as we progress through the term. By being understanding about the impact of this return to school we will seek to be in the background for the first few weeks. But please do contact us if needed.

Our EDRA meetings with headteachers will continue and a member of our team will meet, either in person or virtually to ensure that we are a ‘listening ear’ and also as colleagues to support and understand.

We have a Leadership Forum on 7th October which will be a virtual meeting from 10-12 noon, with chance to discuss and to explore issues around teaching in a Covid19 year.

But we will be positive with creative opportunities and also to have prayers, poems and art work from pupils in our schools.

Rev’d Sue Martin

Dear Colleagues,

This year has without question been highly challenging for schools and for headteachers who, since the middle of March, have been planning and taking unprecedented decisions. We are hugely proud of all of our Church schools and humbled by how you have managed these challenges with determination and a keen awareness of your responsibility to your staff, children and their families.

I’d like to thank you and all of your staff all for the hard work and dedication that you’ve shown. I do hope that in spite of all of the planning for the coming year, you and your staff have found opportunity to have a Summer break, good rest, recharge the batteries and have personal and family time.

The Education Team has continued to work intensively with schools throughout the year and we hope to resume visits in person during the Autumn term. You will receive information in September concerning how we plan to work with you in 2020/2021. There is however one date that that we would like you place in your diary; we will be running a Leadership Forum for all our headteachers via Zoom between 10 am and 12 noon on Wednesday 7th October. Details of the event will be available in September and I hope that you will join us.

On a personal note, I will be taking on the additional acting role of Director of Mission and Ministry for the Diocese from July 20th, but still very-much remain the DDE and in your service. I look forward to seeing you all again in September,.

With Kind Regards and God Bless,

Diocesan Director of Education (DDE)

News Image: Markus Winkler, Creative Commons, Unsplash