KING’S Ely Sixth Form leaver, Katie Wood, is off to Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London after achieving the A Level results she needed.

Katie, 18, achieved A* grades in Textile Design, Spanish and French. She will be studying a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins before heading to the University of Bristol to study the History of Art and Spanish.

Katie, who has been a student at King’s since joining King’s Ely Junior in Year 5, said: “I’m over the moon with my results! It’s been a lot of hard work and a pretty challenging time for obvious reasons, but it feels like all of that has paid off and been worthwhile now. I have to admit it, I am someone who does get really stressed out by things. If it wasn’t for my teachers knowing me so well as an individual and supporting me so phenomenally well, there is no way I would have achieved the results I have.”

Katie’s creative flair has reaped her many successes during her time at King’s, including exhibiting at Cracow Fashion Week after achieving second place in the fiercely contested Polish Talent Support International Fashion Competition, and showcasing her designs at last summer’s Young Norfolk Arts Festival.

Katie also put her creative skills to good use during the lockdown period by making beautifully patterned cotton face masks. She not only made masks for family and friends to wear when they were out and about, but she also donated piles of them to Orchards Care Home in Ely and Waitrose in Ely for their staff to wear.

Katie said: “I am so passionate about my subjects and this has been instilled in me by my amazing teachers. They are all so enthusiastic and talented, and genuinely care about each student they teach. Both the MFL Department and the Art Department at King’s are unbelievable, and I am going to miss everyone terribly. The opportunities we are given outside the classroom, such as taking part in MFL debate and essay competitions, and all the exhibitions and workshops organised by Mrs Rhodes and her team are so invaluable. I am the most confident I have ever been, and I feel excited for the next chapter, which is all down to King’s.”

Congratulations Katie, good luck in London/Bristol and keep in touch!

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