On Wednesday 16th November King Ethelbert School celebrated the success and achievement of the last academic year at their annual Presentation Afternoon at the Winter Gardens. All students from the school attend this event to celebrate together what King Ethelbert School has achieved. Mrs Willis, the Deputy Headteacher, said “We celebrate success at every level at our school and everybody is part of the school’s continued success”.
Parents, special guests and governors of the school joined the students in what was a very inspiring afternoon. Karen Eslea was the guest speaker. Karen is the Head of Learning and Visitor Experience at the Turner Contemporary.
The Headteacher, Kate Greig, spoke about the fantastic year King Ethelbert had. This was reflected in the 6th form results with the 90% pass rate with top grades in the IBCP programme. Many students achieved in excess of 500UCAS points, with73% going on to University. Additionally, 63% of the students from last year’s Year 11 gained 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths which made King Ethelbert the highest achieving non-selective school in Thanet for the 4th year running. Ms Greig talked of the success the school has had across the nation with the work being done with the Royal Shakespeare Company including the school being featured on the BBC Richard Dimbleby Lecture, “this has led to contact being made with countries across the world….who have heard the name of King Ethelbert and want to be part of what we do.” King Ethelbert was made a world school in May and the success the school has had this year has just grown and grown. “This year we won the national Business of Enterprise competition and the Kent Award for the Literacy School of the year.” said Miss Greig. She also went on to say “I want King Ethelbert to be a school to be talked about ….because our young people absolutely deserve it. They represent everything that is great in the next generation and we are very proud of them.”
Students won prizes in all year groups from academic success to prizes for endeavour and courage. The students also provided the entertainment with three brilliant musical performances from students across the school. One parent commented “The performances were so professional — the singing was amazing and moving — I had a tear in my eye”.
Head Boy Joe Marsh opened the event with the Chair of Governors, Dr Virginia Austin, and Head Girl Ellie Jo Cornwall rounded off the afternoon with a thank you to everyone for making the event so inspirational and so enjoyable. A number of students achieved the outstanding academic achievement award, including:
Ellyn Seely3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project A = 577UCAS points
Tamara Anderson3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project B = 572UCAS points
Leah Coates3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project A = 550UCAS points
Rebecca Bullock 3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project C = 546UCAS points
Amy Mott3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project B = 540UCAS points
Brooke Haughton3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project B = 524UCAS points
Charne Welch3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project B = 524UCAS points
Louise Kerr3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project C = 498UCAS points
Demi Poulton3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project C = 498UCAS points
Emily Kenshole2 x Distinction* + 1 x Distinction + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project C = 494UCAS points
Conor Boardman1 x Distinction* + 2 x Distinction + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project C = 490UCAS points
Oliver Marsh3 x Distinction + 2 x IB Diploma + Reflective Project B = 464UCAS points
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.