In which year group did you join King’s?
I joined King’s Ely Prep in Year 8.
What A-Level grades did you achieve?
Computer Science – A*, Physics – A*, Maths – A*, Further Maths – A.
What University/Institution are you going to and what will you be studying?
I am going to be studying Computer Science at the University of Warwick.
Are you going to University this year, or are you taking a gap year?
I am going straight to University this year.
What career path do you plan on pursuing?
Probably something to do with software engineering and computer science.
What else did you participate in during your time at King’s?
In Year 8, I remember enjoying Rowing, which I continued into Senior School, as well as Chess Club and the team quizzes. I also continued going to the Chess Club in Senior School, and I played for my House every year in House Chess. Ely Scheme in Year 9 was another highlight, as well as Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. As well as Rowing, I loved Tennis throughout my time at King’s, playing for my House in House Tennis, as well as the year-round (exceptional) coaching. In Year 13, I was made Tennis Captain. I also did Badminton, Squash and Table Tennis during Games sessions. In Year 12, I was honoured to be made a King’s Scholar, and I thoroughly enjoyed the venerable (and often ludicrous!) tasks that involved. I also helped run a Coding Club at various points in my time at King’s.
Do you feel that you have been well supported at King’s?
At King’s, you feel that every teacher genuinely cares about your wellbeing and future, as well as your grades, and that they will support you in whatever you do. Not only do you feel this, but they proactively suggest and aid with a huge variety of extra-curricular and school work-related activities. For example, the Chess Clubs are run by teachers who are passionate about the game, not merely tasked with supervision. In Year 9, me and a group of friends were greatly supported in entering a Robotics Competition, and we ended up winning the Best Design Award. Support sessions to help with school work are regular and useful, and even during holidays around exams, the teachers are always available to answer questions.
What will you miss most about King’s and what did you enjoy most during your time here?
As well as my friends, teachers and other staff, I will particularly miss the beautiful and expansive grounds, buildings straight from a fantasy novel, and the consistent flow of new opportunities. Looking back, I am starting to appreciate just how hard the teachers worked to give every student the best experience possible, catering to every need, and then going beyond.
In what ways do you think King’s is unique or special compared to other schools?
I think the unique thing about King’s is the constant sense that every day, everyone around you is pushing you to be the best that you can be. The teachers truly care about their students – their passions, strengths, weaknesses, personalities – and they have the resources and time to not just educate, but to nourish.
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