From Physics to Photography and Latin to Leadership, this afternoon’s (May 24th) Prizegiving Service celebrated our Senior and Sixth Form students’ remarkable achievements, successes, and contributions to school life.

Hundreds of pupils, families, members of staff, governors, local dignitaries, and friends of King’s packed inside Ely Cathedral for the annual celebration, which is undoubtedly a highlight of the school’s events calendar.

Academic Prizes and Major Academic Prizes were awarded to several students in Years 9, 10 and 11. There were also awards for Most Improved Students and those who have provided an Outstanding Contribution to School Life.

Students in Years 12 and 13 were recognised for academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular areas in which they excel, including Design Engineering, Mathematics, Fine Art, Rowing, Economics, Spanish, Ely Scheme, and Classical Civilisation, to name just a few.

There were also King’s Scholar and Queen’s Scholar Prizes, Prefect Awards, International Scholar Prizes, and Potticary Medals for the Heads of School, which went to Ivana Peat and Thomas Jackson this year.

Prizes and medals which celebrate historical achievements at King’s, such as the Bennett Prize, Merrifield Science Prize, Huntington Trophy, Shepherd Cup, and Winkfield Cup were also awarded. Our Chair of Governors, Mr David Day, presented students with their prizes.

Chapel Choir sang ‘Greater Love Hath No Man’ beautifully, and there were two stunning performances of compositions written by Sixth Form musicians, Ivana Peat and Samuel Trueman, as part of their A-Level composition portfolio. Ivana set the text of the traditional spiritual, ‘Steal Away’, and Sam chose a Walter Whitmore poem, ‘When I Heard’. Mr Glen Dempsey played ‘Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1’ on the organ.

Heads of School, Ivana Peat and Thomas Jackson, spoke about their King’s journey with fondness and affection. They thanked our Deputy Heads of School, Sydney Smith and Hugh Chippington, for their support throughout the year, as well as our superb Prefect Team – Thomas Alderton, Sofia Arias Lopez, Robert Banwell, Raphael Bisson, Max Black, Lauren Booth, Azra Bulut, David du Plooy, Sophie Haydn-Slater, Disa Hellyer, Isobel Holland, Jack Hooker, Matthew Jackson, Lily McCallum, Kendle Putter, Elisabeth Raynes, William Shaw, Kiki Tang, Sophie Tooley, Samuel Trueman, Olivia Williams, and Sophie Wood.

Ivana and Thomas also announced that next year’s Heads of School will be Edie Thomson and Yanki Ertem. Deputy Heads of School will be Nell Kittoe and Anna Ost.

Congratulations to all of this year’s prize winners and thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Service. Prizegiving was livestreamed by the Cathedral for those who were unable to be there in person. You can watch the Service here:

We look forward to sharing more photos from the Service with you during half term!

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