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Pixl Nom­i­na­tion for Calum Simpson

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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.

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