On Wednesday 25th 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. Mark Everett was the guest speaker. Mark is the Director of the Marlowe Theatre and works with the school in providing wonderful enrichment and aspirational opportunities for students at King Ethelbert, which adds to their partnership work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Mark spoke to the students about embracing new opportunities, inspiring them to aim high and believe that all things are possible.
The Headteacher, Kate Greig, spoke about the fantastic year King Ethelbert had. This was reflected in the 6th form results by the continued unblemished record of 100% pass rate in the IBCP programme with a record number of distinction* grades. Additionally, 53% 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 3rd year running. She talked about the culture of the school and the sense of team as everyone had a part to play in the success of the school. “When everyone helps, everyone succeeds and this has never been so evident as it is right now at King Ethelbert School. We are all increasingly proud of the shared collective responsibility we have – all of us share the same goal, to make Thanet a centre for excellent, world class education.”
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 Girl Maisie Harris opened the event with the Chair of Governors, Dr Virginia Austin, and Head Boy Jack Midgley 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:
Nicola Salisbury IBCP with 3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB diplomas
Corey Dale IBCP with 3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB diplomas
Paige Seager IBCP with 3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB diplomas
Courtney Hewett IBCP with 3 x Distinction* + 2 x IB diplomas
Jordan Pressley IBCP with 3 x Distinction + 2 x IB diplomas
Elizabeth Gadd IBCP with 2 x Distinction* + 1 x Merit + 2 x IB diplomas
Millie Pearce IBCP with 2 x Distinction* + 2 x IB diplomas
Jemma Williams IBCP with 2 x Distinction + 1 x Merit + 2 x IB diplomas
Ryan Arnold IBCP with 3 x Distinction + 2 x IB diplomas
Bailey Channon 12 GCSEs with 3 x A 6 x B 3 x Cs
Maia Cocks 12 GCSEs with 4 x A 7 x B 1 x C
Matthew Cowell 12 GCSEs with 4 x A 8 x B
Peri Duncan 11 GCSEs with 2 x A* 3 x A 5 x B 1 x C
Amy Fowler 12 GCSEs with 2 x A* 2 x A 2 x B 6 x C
Luke Jolles 11 GCSEs with 7 x A 3 x B 1 x C
Caitlin Weightman 12 GCSEs with 4 x A* 6 x A 2 x B