KING’S Ely Sixth Form leaver, Archie Newman, is off to Homerton College, Cambridge after achieving the A Level results he needed.

Archie, 18, achieved an A* in Maths, an A* in Physics, an A* in Chemistry and an A in AS Further Maths. His chosen degree is Engineering.

Archie, who joined King’s Ely Junior in Year 7, said: “I am excited for University but also really nervous! I am still not quite sure what I want to do career wise, although I would like to work with or develop new technology. I am hoping I will discover what I want to do while I am at University!”

Speaking about his time at King’s, Archie said: “I play the violin and for most of my time at Senior School I was a member of the Orchestra and KESSO (King’s Ely Senior String Orchestra). During my last year, I was Head of KESSO as the First Violinist. It was very nice to finally have a chance to perform in the Stage and Screen Concert after so long playing over Zoom!

“Because of my complete lack of ability to sing or dance, I didn’t act in the school musicals (except for one in Year 7), however I instead operated the lighting for several, such as ‘Grease’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Made in Dagenham’. The school musicals were a big commitment but were also spectacular to watch and be a part of.

“In Years 9 and 10, I did a few rowing events and in Year 11 I did some swimming galas. It was nice to try out new sports at King’s, such as squash and badminton, however I have come to accept that sport will never be something I am much good at!”

When asked how well supported he was by his teachers and other staff at King’s, Archie said: “I was very well supported. The teachers were all very willing to answer whatever questions I had or to repeat something when I didn’t understand it. I think my favourite teacher is Ms Bezzina, as she taught me Maths for nearly my whole time at King’s and helped me go from a complete lack of confidence and ability to getting an A* at A Level.”

When asked what he will miss most about King’s, Archie said: “I will really miss all the friends I have made, all the activities you can do (such as Orchestra) and the great academic support available. I really enjoyed the friendly environment at King’s and most of all will miss my friends, classmates and teachers.”

Congratulations Archie, good luck in Cambridge and keep in touch!

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