YEAR 13 leaver, Lily Buckley, is off to Durham University after achieving the A Level grades she needed this summer.

We had a quick catch up with Lily before she starts her new adventure:

Lily, in which year group did you join King’s Ely?

“I joined King’s in Nursery One.”

Which University/Institution are you going to and what will you be studying?

“I am going to be studying Geography at Durham University.”

What career path do you hope to pursue?

“I am in two minds about my future career, as I think it is a little too early to decide. I hope to have a job involving geographic research and travel, with the first step being my plan to do a year abroad in my third year. I have also thought of doing a graduate law conversion once I finish my degree and to go into environmental law; linking the geography. I plan to look further into this career path over the next year. Who knows what new opportunities may arise over the coming years! In my spare time I plan also to continue with my job in modelling in order to expand my options and make the most of all my opportunities, which King’s has certainly taught me to do.”

How do you think King’s Ely prepared you for University life?

“King’s, especially in the Sixth Form, has given me a real sense of independence and the ability to think for myself, which is vital for the step up to University. However, my teachers’ support in helping me with my University decisions has been instrumental in getting me where I wanted to go. The visiting speakers and talks we had in Sixth Form, from student finance to graduate opportunities, has also really helped me to think beyond just the next step.”

What will you miss most about King’s Ely and what did you enjoy most during your time here?

“I think what I will miss most about King’s is the community atmosphere and people, many of whom have helped me greatly through the school or who I have grown up to know as I have been at King’s for much of my life. The support my friends and teachers have given me within school, in my subjects and even for my activities outside of school in modelling, has helped me get to where I am now and I will always be grateful for it. I will also miss the opportunities King’s provides, whether that be competition in music, sport or academia, or some of the historic traditions which I have come to enjoy. Although I am looking forward to studying one subject in depth, I will miss studying my other two subjects and I hope to carry on with them in some way in higher education.”

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