Year 11 students at King Ethelbert School in Birchington are celebrating a record number of GCSE passes already this year, 6 months before the final examinations are taken in June. Many students were entered early for maths and English GCSE and the results were outstanding. 74% of all students in year 11 have a C or above in English and 54% have a C or above in maths. What is even more impressive is the number of students who have made at least expected progress 6 months before the deadline to meet that target. The students have already beaten the national averages for expected and above expected progress in English and the final results for the summer already look very good indeed. The school made the decision to enter students in November despite government pressure not to. The students use the benchmark from early entries to improve on their success and inspire them on to even better grades in the summer. Headteacher Kate Greig said “our students worked so hard to have excellent speaking and listening grades in English and despite government changes in September, I wanted this work to be recognised in their grades. I am also adamant that students should be entered for examinations when they are ready to find success; this then raises aspirations and motivates students in the most positive and relevant way.”
King Ethelbert School enjoyed a VIP visit from the Education and Childcare Minister, Elizabeth Truss and local MPs Roger Gale and Laura Sandys, who went to discover the impact that the IBcc Study Programme has had on their students.
The school runs the International Baccalaureate Careers Related Certificate (IBcc) in the 6th form which combines academic and vocational qualifications within an innovative framework. Ms Truss, Ms Sandys and Mr Gale spoke to both current and past students about the life changing impact that studying the IBcc has had on their aspirations, destinations and careers related life skills.
Congratulations to our Year 8 top project prizewinners: Gold: Jacob Middleton; Silver: Jordon Brody; Bronze: Kyra Sykes.
Pupils in Year 8 have just completed “Where English and PE Collide”, the homework project for terms 1 and 2. They worked in teams in PE lessons, completing a Sports Leadership course. They had to take on various roles as sports leaders, including managers, media reporters, referees and other roles. They also had to organise various sporting events. For the English part, they had to carry out research on their chosen roles, then write to inform an audience what the roles entailed. They also have to write to review their performance in two roles, and then write a sports report about one of the events they took part in.
There were some excellent responses. Well done Year 8!
KES Has Talent!
Written by Mrs C Wyten
KES Has Talent was a successful night in aid of Families Against Neuroblastoma. The evening was filled with amazing talents from students throughout the school. In 1st place was Sophie Smith
2nd place was Josh Rodaway
3rd place was Jenny Pirbudak
Thank you to everyone who participated and everyone who came to support those displaying their talent. It truly was an amazing night.
The Big Bang Theory
Written by Mr A Jackson Mr J Rendell
This event was held at the Discovery Park, Sandwich and involved a combination of businesses (from robotics to hiring a reindeer), universitities, public services and practical workshops. We took a group of Year nine students in the morning and Year 10 in the afternoon and I am sure that it will have opened their eyes to the career and educational possibilities available to them. The picture shows year 10 pupils outside a ‘Dr Who’ type stall.