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!
Raising the Flag
Written by Miss L Day
A group of year 7 students were chosen to represent the school in supporting the Armed Forces raising of the flag ceremony in Birchington square on Monday. It was lovely to see the pupils interacting and showing a keen interest in the retired service men that were there. All pupils belong to either scouts, guides, boys brigade or air scouts.
Kent Literacy Award Winners
Written by Ms L Pasola
Last night we were honoured and privileged to have received the Kent Literacy Award for ‘Best use of Shakespeare to Promote Literacy’ and ’ Overall Shakespeare Champions’ Our partnership and collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company has given pupils, parents and staff the confidence to explore and analyse language. At King Ethelbert School we are all teachers of literacy and it is this team approach which enables all our initiatives to be successful. We have a strong reading culture which has had an impact on our results and the aspirations of our pupils.