- Written by C Edwards
I hope you had a restful and enjoyable summer break and are looking forward as much as we are to the new year ahead. We hope that you and your families are well. Well done to all of our students who have started the new academic year really positively. We are so pleased to be back to some degree of normality and we are excited to get cracking with them and see how well they can do!
More than ever, students have to show a good work ethic, resilience and determination, as well as receive excellent teaching, in order to do well in their end of year 11 and year 13 examinations. Amid the constant flux and challenge of the last 18 months, students have shown great tenacity and the GCSE and IBCP results were testament to their efforts — we are very proud of them all and wish them lots of luck with the next steps in their journeys, wherever that may be. We are delighted that the majority of our Y11s choose to stay on to study the IBCP in our 6th form; our sixth form has grown significantly over the last few years and this year we have approximately 140 students taking the IBCP now.
I know many of you saw our Y11 and Y13 results news on our school website and thank you to so many who sent in such positive comments and letters about our brilliant Year 11 and Year 13 students and our committed staff. Of course none of this success would be possible without the dedication and commitment of our staff team who do absolutely everything they can to help our students succeed. If our students work hard they will have every opportunity in the future to find the success and fulfilment they absolutely deserve. We know that with your support and backing our students can achieve great things and this makes King Ethelbert a very exciting place to be. It is also significant and important for you to note that at a time of a nationally publicised shortage of teachers, King Ethelbert consistently receives a wide field of excellent applications from teachers with the appropriate academic qualifications needed for each subject specialism whenever we advertise a teaching post. King Ethelbert is a good place to work as well as a happy place to be for everyone.
King Ethelbert School is celebrating some fantastic GCSE and BTEC results achieved by the relentless hard work of their year 11 students. Over half the students achieved a pass in both English and Maths and the very top grades of 9 – 7 were achieved in at least 5 subjects by 10% of the cohort. Students navigated the constantly changing challenges of the pandemic throughout their 2 year GCSE and BTEC courses and they coped with this with resilience and determination, working hard with their teachers to rise to learning challenges and adapt ways of working.
Headteacher, Vicky Willis, said: “I am so proud of the students and what they have achieved, especially given the substantial amount of face to face teaching that they lost. They have earned their grades by sustained effort and hard work over time and with the support and expertise of their teachers. A huge thank you must go to the teaching team who have navigated the constantly changing parameters and challenges with professionalism, intelligence and integrity, and to the wider staff team and parents for the numerous ways that they have supported the students and the school.”
There were some excellent individual successes. Among these were Oscar Reed, Olivia Brown and Sapphire Turner who all achieved 9 GCSE/BTEC grades, all at the top 9 – 7 grades. Olivia Dilloway and Amelie Judges achieved 9 excellent GCSE/BTEC passes, 8 of which were at the top 9 – 7 grades and similarly, Lois Mabberley and Alexandra Nedelcu secured 7 of their 9 at the top 9 – 7 grades.