India Thomas, 16, from Ely.
What GCSE results did you achieve?
I achieved four Grade 8’s, four Grade 7’s, one Grade 6 and one Grade 5.
Which year group did you join King’s Ely?
King’s Ely Acremont Nursery
What extra-curricular activities do you enjoy most here?
I’ve really enjoyed the opportunities that Ely Scheme has given me, for example, conquering the Three Peaks Challenge, hill walking for a week in the Peak District, and developing navigational skills on Dartmoor. Ely Scheme hasn’t just offered me a variety of inspiring trips but it has also provided me with chances to develop communication and leadership skills as an Ely Scheme Pupil Instructor.
As well as Ely Scheme I also enjoy a lot of Sport at King’s Ely. Throughout my time at school, I’ve been given the opportunity to practise and play many different sports. I’ve played for the school’s 1st Hockey Team as well as competed in swimming galas against other schools.
Although I’ve now stopped Music lessons, I still enjoy playing in the school’s Concert Band every Tuesday. Other opportunities beyond the classroom have included debating as part of a school team at the Cambridge Union, and also taking part in King’s Ely’s annual inter-house debating competition. Most notably, I have been privileged enough to take part in two Erasmus projects with the school, with which I have travelled to Madrid and Rome, where I worked with students from a variety of countries.
How do you feel King’s Ely and your teachers have helped you to get good grades?
I definitely would not have been able to achieve the grades I got without the help from all my teachers. Not only was the preparation thorough in lessons, but I was also able to attend an array of support sessions in breaks, lunch and after school. This helped me to feel confident in the build up to my exams and meant I could ask about anything I was unsure about.
What A Levels are you studying and what are your future career ambitions?
I plan to study French, Spanish and History for A Levels, which will hopefully lead me nicely into studying a degree in Languages, with possibly Law or History.
Why King’s Ely Sixth Form? What are the main reasons you want to stay?
I’ve always wanted to stay on at King’s Ely for Sixth Form because I know that the teaching is really good and I will always get support. I also look forward to being part of the Sixth Form community in the Old Palace and mixing with the other years, as well as continuing to enjoy lots of extra-curricular activities.