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Sep­tem­ber 2021 Let­ter to Parents

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Dear Parents/​Carers

I hope you had a rest­ful and enjoy­able sum­mer break and are look­ing for­ward as much as we are to the new year ahead. We hope that you and your fam­i­lies are well. Well done to all of our stu­dents who have started the new aca­d­e­mic year really pos­i­tively. We are so pleased to be back to some degree of nor­mal­ity and we are excited to get crack­ing with them and see how well they can do!

More than ever, stu­dents have to show a good work ethic, resilience and deter­mi­na­tion, as well as receive excel­lent teach­ing, in order to do well in their end of year 11 and year 13 exam­i­na­tions. Amid the con­stant flux and chal­lenge of the last 18 months, stu­dents have shown great tenac­ity and the GCSE and IBCP results were tes­ta­ment to their efforts — we are very proud of them all and wish them lots of luck with the next steps in their jour­neys, wher­ever that may be. We are delighted that the major­ity of our Y11s choose to stay on to study the IBCP in our 6th form; our sixth form has grown sig­nif­i­cantly over the last few years and this year we have approx­i­mately 140 stu­dents tak­ing the IBCP now.

I know many of you saw our Y11 and Y13 results news on our school web­site and thank you to so many who sent in such pos­i­tive com­ments and let­ters about our bril­liant Year 11 and Year 13 stu­dents and our com­mit­ted staff. Of course none of this suc­cess would be pos­si­ble with­out the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of our staff team who do absolutely every­thing they can to help our stu­dents suc­ceed. If our stu­dents work hard they will have every oppor­tu­nity in the future to find the suc­cess and ful­fil­ment they absolutely deserve. We know that with your sup­port and back­ing our stu­dents can achieve great things and this makes King Ethel­bert a very excit­ing place to be. It is also sig­nif­i­cant and impor­tant for you to note that at a time of a nation­ally pub­li­cised short­age of teach­ers, King Ethel­bert con­sis­tently receives a wide field of excel­lent appli­ca­tions from teach­ers with the appro­pri­ate aca­d­e­mic qual­i­fi­ca­tions needed for each sub­ject spe­cial­ism when­ever we adver­tise a teach­ing post. King Ethel­bert is a good place to work as well as a happy place to be for everyone.

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Let­ter to Y6 Parents/​Guardians

Y6 open events letter

Y11 Results 2021

King Ethel­bert School is cel­e­brat­ing some fan­tas­tic GCSE and BTEC results achieved by the relent­less hard work of their year 11 stu­dents. Over half the stu­dents achieved a pass in both Eng­lish and Maths and the very top grades of 97 were achieved in at least 5 sub­jects by 10% of the cohort. Stu­dents nav­i­gated the con­stantly chang­ing chal­lenges of the pan­demic through­out their 2 year GCSE and BTEC courses and they coped with this with resilience and deter­mi­na­tion, work­ing hard with their teach­ers to rise to learn­ing chal­lenges and adapt ways of working.

Head­teacher, Vicky Willis, said: “I am so proud of the stu­dents and what they have achieved, espe­cially given the sub­stan­tial amount of face to face teach­ing that they lost. They have earned their grades by sus­tained effort and hard work over time and with the sup­port and exper­tise of their teach­ers. A huge thank you must go to the teach­ing team who have nav­i­gated the con­stantly chang­ing para­me­ters and chal­lenges with pro­fes­sion­al­ism, intel­li­gence and integrity, and to the wider staff team and par­ents for the numer­ous ways that they have sup­ported the stu­dents and the school.”

There were some excel­lent indi­vid­ual suc­cesses. Among these were Oscar Reed, Olivia Brown and Sap­phire Turner who all achieved 9 GCSE/​BTEC grades, all at the top 97 grades. Olivia Dil­loway and Amelie Judges achieved 9 excel­lent GCSE/​BTEC passes, 8 of which were at the top 97 grades and sim­i­larly, Lois Mab­ber­ley and Alexan­dra Nedelcu secured 7 of their 9 at the top 97 grades.

Y13 Results 2021

King Ethel­bert School are so proud of their year 13 stu­dents and are cel­e­brat­ing some fan­tas­tic IBCP results. Fol­low­ing the excel­lent IB diploma results in July with an aver­age grade of 4.5 (graded 71), stu­dents have now received their level 3 BTEC results.

68% of BTEC extended diploma stu­dents (equiv­a­lent to an addi­tional 3 A Lev­els on top of the IB diploma grades gained) achieved triple dis­tinc­tion or dis­tinc­tion stars and 32% of BTEC diploma stu­dents (an addi­tional 2 A level equiv­a­lent) achieved dou­ble dis­tinc­tion or dis­tinc­tion stars. The over­all aver­age UCAS points achieved was 129 with 20% of stu­dents leav­ing with over 200 UCAS points. 80% of stu­dents passed the full IBCP with 96% of stu­dents pass­ing 1 or more level 3 qualifications.

Vicky Wills head­teacher said “We are thrilled with the fan­tas­tic IBCP results from our year 13 stu­dents. Stu­dents have worked with resilience and deter­mi­na­tion through chal­leng­ing and chang­ing cir­cum­stances this year. They are a ter­rific bunch of young peo­ple who have shown immense char­ac­ter, espe­cially in the last few months, and we are really proud of them. Once again we have seen how the IBCP pro­gramme sup­ports our young peo­ple in really find­ing their pas­sions and devel­op­ing their wider skills along­side rig­or­ous aca­d­e­mic stud­ies. Our stu­dents are off to a wide range of excit­ing and chal­leng­ing next steps.”

There were some out­stand­ing indi­vid­ual achievements.

Tay­lor Bath achieved D*DD in Busi­ness, grade 6 in HL Geog­ra­phy, 5 in HL Eng­lish and an A in the Reflec­tive Project. He is off to study Pol­i­tics at Lough­bor­ough University.

Jack Scott has achieved D*D*D in Busi­ness, a grade 6 in HL Geog­ra­phy, grade 5 in Maths and a B in the Reflec­tive Project. He is off to the Uni­ver­sity of Kent to study Envi­ron­men­tal Social Sciences.

James Pro­topa­pas achieved D*D*D* in Sport, two grade 6s in Biol­ogy and Busi­ness com­bined with a B in the Reflec­tive Project; he is off to study Sport Sci­ence at Uni­ver­sity of Exeter.

Paulina Gruzdz­i­u­naite achieved D*D*D* in Applied Sci­ence, 5 in HL Eng­lish, 5 in Psy­chol­ogy and a B in the Reflec­tive Project and is off to Uni­ver­sity of Kent to study Law.

Tia Irving-​Rahman achieved D*D*D* in Busi­ness, 7 in IB Busi­ness and 5 in Biol­ogy with an A for her Reflec­tive Project; she intends to join the Navy.

Emma Pre­ston achieved DD in Art and Design, 5 in Biol­ogy, 4 in Visual Arts , C in the Reflec­tive Project and she is off to Uni­ver­sity of Cre­ative Arts to study Fine Art.

Abi­gail Greetham achieved D*D*D in Sport, with 5 in Psy­chol­ogy, 6 in Ab Ini­tio Span­ish and C in the Reflec­tive Project; she is tak­ing a gap year and then is off to Portsmouth Uni­ver­sity to study Sport and Exer­cise Science.

Trin­ity Long achieved DD in Health and Social Care, 5s in Biol­ogy and Psy­chol­ogy, C in her Reflec­tive Project and is off to the Uni­ver­sity of Ply­mouth to study Nurs­ing (Adult Health).

Danny Gilbert-​Wynde achieved D*D*D* in Busi­ness, 5 in HL Eng­lish, 4 in Maths and A in Reflec­tive Project and he is tak­ing a gap year whilst he secures entry to the Royal Marines.

Chloe Watler achieved D*D*D* in Applied Sci­ence, 6 in Psy­chol­ogy and 5 in HL Eng­lish with a B for her Reflec­tive Project and she is going to Portsmouth Uni­ver­sity to study Foren­sic Psychology.

Antons Pimonovs achieved D*DD in Busi­ness, with 5 in HL Eng­lish, 6 in His­tory and A in her Reflec­tive Project; he is off to Uni­ver­sity of Aberdeen to study Law with Eng­lish Law and Euro­pean Legal Studies.

More­over, KES stu­dents are secur­ing offers to more diverse uni­ver­sity des­ti­na­tions than ever such as: Bath Uni­ver­sity, Uni­ver­sity of East Anglia, Uni­ver­sity for the Cre­ative Arts, Uni­ver­sity of Win­ches­ter, Uni­ver­sity of Ply­mouth, Uni­ver­sity of Aberdeen and more.

Rebecca Darch, Head of 6th Form said “We are incred­i­bly proud of each of our stu­dents and how they have achieved the require­ments to progress onto their cho­sen next steps. Even with the unprece­dented chal­lenges they have faced this year, we have seen the aver­age IB and BTEC grades increase and many of the cohort accept­ing their place at uni­ver­sity, with some start­ing higher level appren­tice­ships and oth­ers who have secured employ­ment includ­ing the Armed Forces and the Police service”.

Sum­mer Let­ter July 2021

Dear Par­ents and Carers

It is hard to believe that we are finally com­plet­ing this strange school year. It has been one of chal­lenge but remark­able sto­ries of resilience, team­work, com­mu­nity, learn­ing new ways of work­ing and utter deter­mi­na­tion from our stu­dents, par­ents, car­ers and staff. I com­mend you all.

Stu­dents have hugely impressed us. They have worked with tenac­ity and have adapted to all the rules and sys­tems and remote learn­ing we have had to intro­duce. I have been par­tic­u­larly impressed by how they have looked out for each other and their com­mu­nity with indi­vid­ual com­mu­nity projects such as sewing masks, run­ning allot­ments and small busi­nesses, sup­port­ing vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­nity and char­i­ties such as our local food bank and vast amounts of vol­un­teer­ing through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Equally impres­sive have been their col­lec­tive projects such as our bril­liant 6th form Busi­ness stu­dents and their work to raise aware­ness and funds for the Young Minds men­tal health char­ity, as well as their events to sup­port stu­dent well­be­ing. Recent pre­fect inter­views with Y10 and Y12 brought home how pas­sion­ately they feel about look­ing after each other in the KES fam­ily and look­ing out for younger stu­dents too; I was so proud of them all. KS3 stu­dents have also been log­ging a vast range of bril­liant evi­dence and activ­i­ties for their LORIC portfolios.

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