In which year group did you join King’s?
I joined King’s Ely Acremont Pre-Prep in Reception in 2009!
What A-Level grades did you achieve?
Biology – B, Chemistry – B, Maths – B.
What University/Institution are you going to and what will you be studying?
I am off to Keele University to study Forensic Science and Human Biology.
Are you going to University this year, or are you taking a gap year?
Straight to University!
What career path do you plan on pursuing?
I am not entirely sure yet, but I have chosen a course that interests me and allows me to keep my options open with regards to a career.
What else did you participate in during your time at King’s?
I have been involved in a large array of extra-curricular activities during my time at King’s.
I have been an avid member of the Drama Department, having performed in 14 optional productions, as well as helping backstage and front of house in others. My favourite memory of the Drama at King’s was taking an original production to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and receiving a 5* review from an independent reviewer. I was a founding member of the King’s Ely Theatre Outreach (KETO) group, where we develop theatrical workshops and take them to local schools, where we then deliver said workshops to Years 5 and 6 students. I have also been to nearly every Theatre Masterclass at King’s that I was able to, from puppetry to musical theatre and many in between.
I did little with regards to the Music Department, which is a regret of mine, as I had a great amount of fun whenever I did get involved with Music, such as the improvisation battle and the comic category of the singing competition, and more recently, singing in the Wicked Choir for the final concert of the year!
I was also an active member of the Ely Scheme Department, including three years as an Instructor. This has allowed me to grow as an individual and develop skills that I would not have otherwise developed. I have done my two expeditions for Gold DofE in Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, as well as recently participating in the trip to Morocco where we summitted Mount Toubkal (4167m), the tallest mountain in northern Africa.
I represented the school at 1st XV level Rugby for two years, which was great fun and taught me a lot!
In my final year of Sixth Form, I was honoured to be appointed Head of Osmond House (the best House!), which allowed me to take on new leadership roles, such as organising the boys for the House Music Competition and even choreographing an aerial fight scene complete with a smashing chair! I think it is safe to say that Osmond were robbed of the victory that night (as we often have been!). However, my proudest moment as Head of House was seeing the boys all come together to run OsFest – one of the school’s biggest annual charity events, and raising over £3,300 for our chosen charities of the RNLI and the MS Society.
Do you feel that you have been well supported at King’s?
The support I have had at King’s has been phenomenal! All the teachers have really taken the time to get to know me (and all their other students), and how they can best support my individual needs, both inside and outside the classroom. I have never had a single moment in my 14 years at this school where I have thought that there was no-one I could talk to in order to help me with any problems, whether they be large or small.
What will you miss most about King’s and what did you enjoy most during your time here?
It is difficult to say what I will miss most about King’s as there are so many aspects to the school. The Drama Department is incredible, and has been a big part of my school life. So has the Ely Scheme Department, as well as all the academic subjects. I will certainly miss all the great friendships I have made and miss all the teachers too! With all these different aspects of school life, it is incredibly difficult for me to say what I will miss the most but I think if I were pushed for an answer I would have to say the sense of belonging I have felt in my time at King’s.
In what ways do you think King’s is unique or special compared to other schools?
Having not been to any other schools it is difficult to make a comparison, but I find it hard to believe that any other school could be as welcoming or make you feel as at home as King’s has done for me.
Describe King’s in three words!