CONGRATULATIONS to Old Elean, Lucy Pearce, who has graduated from Durham University with a First Class Honours Degree in BSc Psychology!

Lucy, from Norfolk, joined King’s Ely Junior in Year 5 and left King’s Ely Sixth Form for Durham in 2017 having achieved an A* and two A grades in her A Levels.

Lucy, who was also a popular member of Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, has been invited to the 2020 Virtual Hatfield Floreat, a tradition where all students who achieved a first, received colours from clubs and societies, or were awarded a Hatfield Cup or Shield or College colours, are celebrated.

We had a quick catch-up with Lucy after hearing her good news:

Lucy, what have you enjoyed most about your degree?

“Studying at Durham has been a continuously exciting, intellectually stimulating and immensely formative experience, that has furthered my interest in the nuances of human behaviour, specifically in businesses and organisations. I have met so many like-minded individuals and made the greatest of friends for life.”

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

“King’s never failed to offer me the best support. The staff and teachers were always there to help me when I needed it, be it academic, pastoral or personal. I owe a lot to King’s and will always look back on my journey there with fond memories.

“The Sixth Form at King’s taught me a lot about working independently, determination, hard work and most importantly believing in myself. Being a member of Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir definitely had a monumental role in preparing me for university life as well. From lessons learned such as self-discipline, time-management and living away from home.”

In what ways has Covid-19 affected your celebrations?

“Covid-19 has meant that I was not able to graduate this year, however it has now been postponed to April 2021 which I am very excited about!”

What are you going to be doing next?

“I have accepted a place at the London School of Economics and Political Science to do an MSc in Organisational and Business Psychology. I am moving to London in September and my aim is to go into Management Consultancy.”

What are your fondest memories of being at King’s Ely?

“King’s is like one big family where community really is at its heart. King’s is a school for everyone, where each individual is able to flourish in whatever field they excel in. I found my love for music and sport at King’s and if it wasn’t for the school and my journey there from Junior through to the Sixth Form, I wouldn’t be the person, musician or have the passion for my subjects that I do. I made friends for life and wish I could do it all again.”

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