FORMER Head Boy George Clift says he will be “forever grateful” for the education, opportunities and support that he received during his many years at King’s Ely.
18-year-old George, who lives with his family near King’s Lynn, joined King’s Ely Junior in Year 5.
He is now studying Business Management at the University of Bath after achieving two A*s and an A in his A Levels last summer.
George will always be remembered for his energy and his courage both inside and outside the classroom; having a go at pretty much everything that King’s had to offer him.
He said: “Sport was a huge part of my time at King’s alongside my academic studies. Putting on the boots on a Saturday is no hardship if you enjoy what you do!
“I was lucky enough to not only represent the school in a variety of teams but also captain a couple of the squads, including Rugby and Tennis.
“From Years 9 to 13, I was very much involved with the school’s Ely Scheme, including stage camps, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, Climbing Club, the Martin Doyle Endurance Challenge and numerous trips to Wales and France.
“I was also able to continue my enjoyment for playing the percussion, including playing with bands and various groups which involved going on tour and playing at the Royal College of Music.”
George says that the support he received during his time at King’s – and during his Sixth Form years in particular – have made him the person he is today.
He said: “King’s has provided me with the foundations and opportunities to help me succeed. This, along with being self-motivated, has enabled me to achieve things that I thought were so far out of reach.
“I certainly believe my achievements have been helped by the guidance I received from the learning support department at King’s, along with the extra support provided by all the teaching staff.
“Studying at King’s has allowed me to pursue my interests but also discover new ones. I have certainly been challenged personally but this has been good as I have been able to experience being out of my comfort zone whilst still having the security of those around me.”
Reminiscing on his time in Sixth Form, George added: “I had two great years in the Sixth Form and feel very privileged to have been able to carry out my studies in such a fantastic environment. The facilities allow you to work in a way that suits you and there is also the support on tap if you require it.
“From being a student who had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do or even what subjects to take, I have now come out the other end feeling ready for the next stage of my journey, and for that I will be forever grateful.”