Last year I was fortunate enough to spend some time at Dane court grammar school with a team of staff from google looking at how to implement technology in the classroom. A new pioneering program called google expedition was mentioned as a future project., I signed KES up and we were fortunate enough to have Stuart from google in with us for the whole day, taking all of our year 7 and year 8 students on virtual reality field trips. Some pupils went inside the human respiratory system, whilst others took a journey from the precambrian era of earth through the paleozoic all the way to late jurassic period and were quite literally walking with dinosaurs. Other students were lucky enough to spend 20 minutes on the other side of the earth at the Angkor Wat temple and some went to the extremities of our solar system, all whilst in the comfort our school hall. It was an excellent day and thanks must be mentioned to all the staff that helped out. Mr Henderson, Mr Underwood, Miss Harris, Mr O’Hanlon, Mr Payne, Mrs Britnell.
Yr 11 Revision and Intervention Sessions 2016
Written by Mrs V Willis
GCSE Results 2016
Written by Ms K Greig
King Ethelbert School is celebrating its best ever examination results this summer. Kate Greig, the headteacher said “Once again, for the fourth year in a row, we are the highest achieving non-selective school in Thanet by some distance.” 63% of all students in Year 11 achieved 5A* — C including English and Maths with 82% achieving a C or above in English and 70% achieving a C or above in Maths. As well as this headline figure which has again smashed government targets the school has a very high percentage of students achieving the top grades of A and A* in every subject.
Kate Greig said “We are absolutely delighted with these results which are thoroughly deserved as the students and staff worked so incredibly hard. What I am particularly pleased with is the amount of progress each student has made which in most cases is well above national average – quite simply if they come to King Ethelbert School and they work hard they have a greater chance of achieving success than if they went to almost any other school in the country. I am enormously proud of our young people who not only work very hard but also are a credit to their school and the local community. They are a wonderful set of young people and we are really proud of them.”
This fabulous set of GCSE examination results come on the back of the superb IBCP Sixth Form results the school received in July. Vicky Willis, Deputy Headteacher, said “We are thrilled that so many of our students have met or exceeded our high expectations and the vast majority of them are coming back to study the IBCP in the Sixth Form.”
Tom Sellen, Deputy Headteacher, said “Our results are fantastically good and make us one of the top achieving schools in the country – our academic record is becoming hard to match.”
Individual results show many students achieving top academic success including:
Jamie Wells (11 GCSEs) including 4 x A*, 5 x A, 2 B grades
Jack Midgley (11 GCSEs) including 2 x A*, 6 x A, 1 x B grades
Joe Fagg (11 GCSEs) including 3 x A*, 4 x A, 4 x B grades
Callum Sawkins (11 GCSEs) including 6 x A, 5 x B grades
Lloyd Arnold (11 GCSEs) including 3 x A*, 2 x A, 5 x B grades
Jack Easton (11 GCSEs) including 2 x A*, 3 x A, 5 x B grades
Eloise Baker (11 GCSEs) including 1 x A*, 4 x A, 3 x B grades
Chloe Wood-French (11 GCSEs) including 5 x A, 4 x B grades
Brandan Pressley (11 GCSEs) including 3 x A*, 1 x A, 5 x B grades
Maisie Harris (11 GCSEs) including 4 x A, 6 x B grades
Open Events 2016
Written by Ms K Greig
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Re-Imagined
Written by Mrs C O’Shea
Students, staff, parents and members of the general public thoroughly enjoyed a fantastic array of spectacular performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Re-Imagined to celebrate the end of Year 2 of the King Ethelbert Royal Shakespeare Company Learning and Performance Network on Tuesday, 21st June.
Eight schools took part altogether, with pupils ranging in age from seven to fifteen. The eight schools are part of the Learning and Performance Network cluster brought together by King Ethelbert in partnership withThe Royal Shakespeare Company and The Marlowe Theatre.
The event was attended by members of The Royal Shakespeare Company and attracted great praise for the high quality, entertaining and professionally polished performances by all the schools. Marvellous!
The schools who performed are: King Ethelbert, Cliftonville Primary, St. Saviours Primary, Dame Janet Primary, St. Mary’s Catholic Primary (Whitstable), Highworth Grammar, KIngs Rochester School and The Ashford School.
Each school put on its own creatively adapted performance of a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed in sequence on midsummer’s day, to mark the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, linking up with national celebrations all over the country.
Parents, teachers and the local community beamed with pride as they watched, amazed and delighted by the quality and entertainment value of the performances, which were staged across outdoor venues in Margate, including The Turner Contemporary, the sea steps adjacent to The Old Town and various iconic locations within Dreamland Amusement Park. Audiences followed the performances to every location in four performances in the evening, culminating in a joyful final flash-mob event, set to Frank Sinatra’s “Love”.
All thanks go to The Marlowe Theatre for a fantastic job coordinating the event and providing the stunning photography, making the whole day turn out to be what can only be described as an event of total joy, awe and wonder. Thanks also to The Turner Contemporary for their support and use of their outside area for the performance area which represented The Court of Athens as the start of the promenade performance.
Well done all our performers from all the schools, and their teachers, for bringing Shakespeare’s most popular play to the heart of Margate, and into the hearts of all the assembled audiences!