- Written by Mr D Bennett
Yr 10 students studying BTEC Music enjoyed an evening of culture at The Marlowe Theatre as they watched The Philharmonia Orchestra perform Coplands ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’, Korngolds ‘Violin Concerto’ featuring Elena Urioste who was staggeringly brilliant, and Dvoraks ‘Symphony No.9 from the New World’. This not only provided a wonderful evenings entertainment (followed by a tasty stop off at KFC on the way home) but also gave the students an opportunity to experience first-hand a very different music genre, consider the set up of a music venue for such a gig and witness how performers develop stage presence in order to engage with their audience — which all forms part of their KS4 studies. It was a fabulous night with many of the students pleasantly surprised as to how much they enjoyed the experience of seeing a full orchestra playing pieces of music they vaguely recognised in places, and also great to hear some wonderful conversations between our students and some much older members of the public sitting around us quite intrigued at such a young group attending such a concert — exemplary ambassadors for the school.
Calum Simpson who finished his studies with us at the end of last year recently attended the PixL Schools’ celebration event, held at Westminster Central Hall. The event was attended by over 100 Year 11 pupils from across the country to receive awards, after nomination for their achievements in their GCSE examinations, by their schools.
Calum was nominated by King Ethelbert School for the Stephen Bell Special Award for Determination.
Calum is one of the hardest working, most determined students we have ever had at King Ethelbert School. Like the majority of us, he didn’t always find learning easy and he had to study hard but he consistently achieved the highest effort grades in our Year 11 data drops throughout the year and this led to him making the most progress of any student in his year group.
Sadly, Calum had to deal with some immense personal tragedy during his GCSE exams, but he never mentioned this in school and his quietly determined attitude did not waver. He still attended all of his exams without fuss or, indeed, any indication at all of what he was going through.
His utter stoicism and grit is an example to us all and we are very proud of him. Calum went on to achieve a fine set of GCSE results that have seen him move on to Canterbury College to study Public Services progressing towards entering service with the Royal Navy.
Mr Franks (Calum’s Tutor) attended the celebration event along with Calum’s mum and Granddad.
It was truly amazing to see Calum on that stage amongst all the other successes and talents that were celebrating their success. Calum has come a long way in his 5 years with us at King Ethelbert School, a true gentleman in the making, with remarkable courage and character. He and his family should be very proud of this young man.
We are absolutely delighted that Kent County Council has funded and now completed the Puffin crossing outside King Ethelbert School. The danger to children’s lives with the situation as it was caused a huge worry to our local community every day and thanks to the support of students, parents, friends, KCC and Thanet District Council we have finally got what we deserved. My particular thanks go to Councillor Suzanne Brimm for her relentless campaigning, Kelly Garrett from Kent County Council who has been so professional and understanding in her dealings with us all and Adam Solly our own Director of Houses who has organised school-wide funding and awareness events. Our students are taught road safety and we will continue to have these vital lessons throughout their time at school but the building of the Puffin crossing makes it so much easier and safer for us all.”
King Ethelbert School are celebrating another set of fabulous GCSE grades this year with students making excellent progress at every level.
The new specifications in English and Maths mean that it is impossible to make direct comparisons to last year’s results however despite the raising of the academic bar over 50% of students at King Ethelbert got a standard pass or higher in English and Maths.
The new 8 and 9 “grade” for English and Maths is exceptionally hard to achieve but several students attained this figure in both subjects. The results clearly show the students made excellent progress during their time at King Ethelbert School at whatever starting point they had in year 7.
Kate Greig, Headteacher, said “we are very proud of the achievements of our Year 11 cohort who worked hard to get these excellent grades. We have fantastic staff who work hard to ensure success for each individual and both students and staff deserve a massive amount of praise. This year the new specifications meant even greater things had to be done by the students but they rose to the challenge. We are delighted by the outcomes that these students so thoroughly deserve”.
These very good GCSE examination results come on the back of the superb IBCP sixth form results the school achieved in July. King Ethelbert School is one of the top performing schools in Kent and it’s academic record is outstanding year after year.
Vicky Willis, Deputy Headteacher said “If the students work hard they achieve fantastic results because we have such an excellent staff team to make this happen. It is a time or celebration once again”.
Students who performed particularly well are:
Top performing students at King Ethelbert School:
Molly Brace-Traynor 2x9 1x8 3xA* 4xA
Juvina Amada-Chan 1x8 2x6 4xA* 1xA 1XB
Benjamin Brown 1X8 2x6 1xA* 1xA 4xB 1xC
Isabelle Buck 1x8 1x7 1xA* 3xB 3xC
Lilly Dent 1x7 2x6 1x4 1xA* 3xB 2xC
Joseph Marsh 1x8 1x7 1x6 1xA* 4xA 2xB
Jacob Middleton 1x7 1x6 1x5 1xA 5xB 1xC
Oliver O’Hare 1x7 2x5 4xA 2xB 1xC
Owen Pickering 1x7 2x6 2xA 1xB 3xC
Beth Waller 1x7 2x6 1xA* 2xA 2xB