- Written by Maureen Igoe
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
As dusk fell over King Ethelbert School in Birchington on Friday 16th June, 45 students from Eagles House and 6 members of staff began a marathon 12 hour ‘stay awake and lock-in’ challenge in the sports hall from 8pm until 8am the following morning. Following the overwhelming success of their KES to Paris exploits last year, students signed up once again for a physical and mental challenge, raising money through sponsorship for both Barnardo’s Children’s Charity and also in-school projects being undertaken by Eagles House in the future. During the twelve hours the students, who had been divided into four groups rotated every 15 minute periods through four zones in the sports hall consisting of trampolining, dodgeball, basketball and a mind/rest zone where they could complete brain-training activities or simply eat, drink and catch a bit sleep. As dusk become night the initial energy burst soon became a gruelling task as the children and staff pushed on through the night, and even the delight of reaching the half-way point was still met with the reality that it was still only 2am! Tiredness kicked in for some from 5am onwards on Saturday morning and eventually sleep for a few was inevitable, but overall the children did exceptionally well and were greeted by glorious sunshine as they left with parents escorting them home for some well deserved sleep and rest. Sponsor money is still being collected but it is hoped that Eagles House will easily exceed its fundraising target of £500. Anyone wishing to donate to this cause can do so by visitingwww.justgiving.com/fundraising/kes-eagles.
We are pleased to announce that the Hawks House have successfully completed the first part of their project. The idea of creating some picnic areas was first brought about by the students, through the Hawks school council and then approved at the senior school council meeting. From there the students have planned every step of the way to get what they want. The benches were sourced and donated by Kentish Projects Ltd, the students then got someone to fix them and finally they painted them. Furthermore, they have also sourced a giant outdoors umbrella, again from Kentish Projects Ltd, that will now be fixed into the ground over the summer holidays. The school would like to thank Kentish Projects Ltd for all of their help. A great success for the students, the house and the school. Well done Hawks house.