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What a Year!

westgate200It seems unbe­liev­able that yet another school year is over and the sum­mer break is here again. It has been a fan­tas­tic year with so much to cel­e­brate and our posi­tion in Kent as one of its top schools has strength­ened con­sid­er­ably for a num­ber of reasons.

Our exam­i­na­tion results last sum­mer were the best of any non-​selective school in Thanet and the early entry results in Novem­ber were stun­ning, set­ting us on course to have another excel­lent set of exam­i­na­tion results this sum­mer. On July 5th we received the Sixth Form exam­i­na­tion results which were superb. All our stu­dents man­aged to achieve the IBCC Cer­tifi­cate with top grades in all diploma sub­jects as well as the BTEC ele­ment of the course. The stu­dents from Year 13 all have the grades they need to go on to what they want to do in the future with the major­ity going on to Uni­ver­sity to study a wide range of degree subjects.

As you know, we had another Ofsted in June and we got a won­der­ful report which high­lighted some of the most impor­tant things about King Ethel­bert. The report con­tains a lot about the excel­lent aca­d­e­mic progress our stu­dents make dur­ing their time at King Ethel­bert, but it also com­ments on the sense of team and the com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and loy­alty of all con­nected with our school. I was delighted that Ofsted recog­nised “the respect­ful and har­mo­nious ethos which per­me­ates the school com­mu­nity” and the lead inspec­tor said our stu­dents were sim­ply stun­ning over the two day inspec­tion – he actu­ally described them as impec­ca­ble. I am always proud of our stu­dents but this was a par­tic­u­lar moment of pride and joy when the com­ments made were so incred­i­bly pos­i­tive and showed how proud the stu­dents are of their school and really wanted to show it off!
As always, there have been numer­ous trips and vis­its through­out the year and this week­end 39 Year 10 stu­dents com­pleted their Bronze Duke of Edin­burgh Award which is not an easy award to gain. This week­end also saw the cul­mi­na­tion of the Boot Camp with a stun­ning set of very alter­na­tive per­for­mances on Fri­day evening – the staff and the stu­dents worked incred­i­bly hard all week but it was hugely worth the efforts. We have begun our part­ner­ship with the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany and there are many excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to come next year for stu­dents, par­ents and mem­bers of our school com­mu­nity so do keep an eye on the web­site for all the var­i­ous activ­i­ties tak­ing place.

I want to take this oppor­tu­nity to thank every­one for a hugely suc­cess­ful year. The staff work incred­i­bly hard, the stu­dents always make us proud and par­ents are so sup­port­ive that we can­not fail to have another suc­cess­ful year next year. Very many best wishes for a peace­ful and enjoy­able sum­mer break to you all.