KING’S Ely Sixth Form leaver, Amelia Merrick, is off to the Royal School of Needlework after achieving the A Level results she needed.

Amelia, 18, achieved an A* in Textile Design, an A* in Classical Civilisation and an A in History. Amelia will be studying Hand Embroidery.

Amelia started her King’s journey at King’s Ely Acremont Nursery and was a member of The Choristers of Ely Cathedral Choir from Year 9.

When asked what career path she hopes to pursue, Amelia said: “This degree gives me lots of career options, such as film and theatre costume design, working freelance for designers, and textile conservation.”

Speaking about her time at King’s, Amelia said: “I think the Art Department at King’s is so special, and that it has inspired me in a way that a different school would not have been able to. It was Mrs Rhodes who introduced me to the Royal School of Needlework and who helped me to discover my passion for embroidery.

“I also think the variety of opportunities across the Drama, Music and Art Departments, which I have loved, could not be found at other schools. I was a member of Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, as well as being part of Chapel Choir and King’s Voices when I was in Junior School. I boarded from Year 9 and was the Deputy Head of House for Etheldreda. I was also involved a lot with the Drama Department and took part in many plays and musicals.”

When asked what she will miss most about King’s, Amelia said: “I will really miss the boarding as I loved being able to spend a lot of time with my friends, as well as getting to know both older and then younger people in the house, who I would not have had the opportunity to get to know if we had not all boarded.”

Congratulations Amelia, good luck in London and keep in touch!

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