Neha Soni is heading off to the University of Leeds after getting the A-Level grades she needed this summer.

Neha, who joined our King’s Ely International (KEI) Year 11 programme in 2019, will be studying Environment and Business.

We had a quick catch-up with Neha to find out more about her King’s Ely experience, what her dream career is and more…

Neha, what A-Level grades did you achieve and in which subjects?

I achieved an A* in Religious Studies, an A in German, and a B in Psychology.

Did you do an EPQ? If so, what was your topic and grade?

I did an EPQ on how workplaces can create more inclusive and fair employee experiences for women to escalate them to leadership roles in Switzerland and the USA. I got an A.

Are you going to University? If so, which one are you going to and when? If not, what are your plans?

I am going to the University of Leeds this September.

Which course are you studying?

I am studying Environment and Business.

What is your dream career?

My dream job is something related to humanitarian work, so I am really interested in Law, working at the United Nations or for an NGO.

Describe King’s Ely in three words.

Supportive, community, motivating.

What will you miss most about King’s?

I will really miss the people, especially my friends and teachers in both the whole school and boarding communities.

How well supported did you feel by the teachers and staff at King’s?

I felt extremely well supported by the teachers and staff at King’s, both academically and pastorally. They continually motivated me, gave me really useful advice and made so much time for support sessions etc. It was evident that they really cared and this was so encouraging.

What extra-curricular activities did you get involved with at King’s?

I did Hockey in Year 11. In Years 12 and 13, I did Debating, Tennis, Pilates, Model United Nations, Language Leaders and Mindfulness Club.

What do you think makes King’s special/unique to other schools?

I think the sense of community where everyone makes an effort to get to know and support each other makes King’s Ely unique. In other schools I have been to, teachers have never cared so much about building a relationship with their students and then truly caring about their progress, both academically and socially. Additionally, the level of independence that you have to learn and how to manage your time is something that I found taught me a lot about organisation.

What advice would you give to a student who is joining King’s?

My advice would be to get involved in as much as you can from the very start because it will help you find enjoyable things to do outside the classroom, get integrated into the school community and meet people much faster.

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