Bishop Laney Sixth Form

Downham Road, Ely, CB6 2SH

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About us

Thank you for your interest in Bishop Laney Sixth Form, where our emphasis on high-standards in all that we do has seen us grow significantly over the last few years, in numbers of students, the course choices we offer, and in our achievements.

Bishop Laney Sixth Form is proud to be part of Ely College, providing Technical, Academic and Applied courses at Level 3 and Advanced Level, with Technical courses at Level 2 to support progression to Level 3 study. We provide a thriving centre of academic and professional 16-19 excellence.

Students in Year 12 on Level 3 or A Level programmes are given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification, over 12 months from December to December. For more information please refer to the Extended Project Qualification course page.

The academic and ecclesiastic legacy of Bishop Benjamin Laney (1590-1674) is significant locally, and his commitment to the importance of education and training is timeless and embedded within the Sixth Form’s culture.

Joining Bishop Laney Sixth Form you will be based Bishop Laney Centre, in the grounds of Ely College. Set in several acres of land, the Bishop Laney Centre houses classrooms, IT-rich study facilities, a canteen, student support facilities and dedicated social areas. Students will also have access to the best amenities on offer locally. These include everything from dedicated science labs to art and photography studios, media studios, drama studios, music practice rooms, sports hall, state of the art fitness suite, tennis courts and an all-weather sports pitch.

Our Level 2 and Level 3 Technical Award courses benefit from the professional facilities in the Skills Centre. The Hideaway Salon is our first-class training facility and the commercial salon provides students with the opportunity to work towards their Hair and Beauty qualifications in a professional setting. Benjie’s Bistro provides the setting for our Professional Catering & Cookery courses, preparing students for work in the catering sector. 

We look forward to meeting with you, as prospective students and your parents or carers to share our vision with you.

Student support

At Bishop Laney Sixth Form you will find a supportive environment, which has an ethos of hard work and commitment. You will have a personal tutor, access to a Student Adviser, and an Industry Mentor.

You will meet your tutor individually and as part of a group. They will work with you to make the transition to sixth form smoothly and support you in planning your progression. They also monitor your achievement on your courses, and progress related matters such as attendance. There is a tutorial programme in place, to ensure that each student has the advice and support for each stage of their time with us, but remaining flexible enough to meet your individual needs.

All staff are trained to respond effectively to any concern you raise, referring to specialist staff or external organisations, whichever is required. Mental Health First Aiders are available in the College with dedicated provision available for Bishop Laney Sixth Form students, should you need it. You can also access a college counsellor as required.

Students with disabilities, health conditions or additional learning needs are supported by trained, specialist staff. You should discuss any needs, including exam access arrangements at enrolment to make sure you are supported.

What makes us different?

We offer high standards of teaching and support at Bishop Laney, and expect high standards of commitment, effort and attendance from our students in return.

At Bishop Laney Sixth Form, every student is known, valued and supported in the local community with a focussed selection of study programmes to align with your future aspirations. Bishop Laney is an exciting and friendly community, and we want your time with us to be both enjoyable and successful. All our staff will be working directly with you to help you achieve your own goals. 

At Bishop Laney Sixth Form, we set aside time across the week in our students’ schedules for a wide variety of enrichment activities, so that you can broaden your skills, try out new activities, compete on behalf of the Sixth Form, and simply enjoy yourselves.

Studying at Bishop Laney is not just about achieving qualifications, our aim is to help prepare our students for professional life. Our PLEDGES+ scheme provides a framework for accrediting the skills and experiences that are relevant to you as a sixth form student; help you to keep yourself and others safe and healthy; and which employers and training providers tell us are crucial for success in future employment, education and training.

All students are offered a varied diet of enrichment opportunities designed to prepare them for their progression beyond college, after 2 or 3 years. Our very own Industry Mentors scheme is the cornerstone in this offer. We also have a thriving partnership with Norwich City Football Club, and about a third of our students develop employability and wider skills through the Regional Football Development Programme

Extended Project Qualification

Students in Year 12 are given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification, over 12 months from December to December. 

The Extended Project Qualification course is designed to help students apply the independent learning skills, including research which support progression to higher education or into professional working life; and adds extra UCAS points to your university application. For more information please refer to the Extended Project Qualification course page. 

Industry Mentoring 

Inspiring professional men and women will provide 1:1 support for each of our students. 

Working with a range of local businesses, we provide each of our students with a dedicated industry mentor from the local community. Through this scheme our students will benefit from a variety of volunteering, experiential and leadership opportunities. Industry Mentors fire ambitions, set targets and provide advice on how to achieve them, guiding and advising about possible career options and the different routes that might be taken to secure them. Each Mentor is fully trained to help nurture the skills students need to secure their next step: interview skills, support with CV writing and advice on how to secure work experience. 

The mentors also take part, with other local professionals in our annual Mock Interview day, arranged in conjunction with the Ely Cathedral Business Group. We hope as a result our students will leave with a better working knowledge of the routes of progression available to them, greater confidence to pursue their dreams and ambitions and a strong passion for learning and development.   

Trips, Visits and Experience Days 

Along with numerous opportunities across the year, four experience days offer you the chance to enrich your study programme, explore your future progression or to push yourself to do something new or different. Everyone has the option to take part in the National Citizenship Service programme and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

As well as annual fixtures such as Charities Fair; Mock Interviews and Progression Day; a regularly changing programme means there’s always something new to try. Whether it is training as a Mental Health Listener, refreshing your basic first aid skills; taking on the Escape Room and High Ropes course at Thetford Forest or learning to cook healthily on a budget, there’s something for everyone!


Car Parking

Students are welcome to apply for a free parking permit on a first come first served basis each academic year. Applications should be made as soon as possible, as space is limited. Please note that permits are only issued to full licence holders on production of the required evidence.

Offers to applicants for entry to Bishop Laney Sixth Form for September 2021

Our overriding aim has always been to ensure that our prospective and current students are known, valued and supported. Accordingly, when planning their programmes for the first term our subject teams will take account of the time which you will have spent away from school and away from the usual opportunities for revision and consolidation; as well as providing transition work for you to undertake between now and the start of your course. All of these steps will help to minimise the impact of the current disruption. In addition, we will apply the maximum possible flexibility to allowing changes to your study programme during the first few weeks and make available additional advice and guidance for you should you need it.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any other queries or concerns during this time, we are here to help. Please email in the first instance.