In which year group did you join King’s Ely?
I joined King’s Ely Junior in Year 5.
What GCSE grades did you achieve this summer (2019)?
I got eight grade 9s, two grade 8s and an A^ in Further Maths.
Were you pleased with your results?
I was incredibly pleased with my results! I was delighted with my mock results but to do even better in the real thing was something I really did not expect.
Were you well supported by your teachers in the lead up to your exams?
Definitely. All my teachers were free whenever I needed them and I could organise support sessions with them whenever I needed some support.
Why have you chosen to stay at King’s Ely for Sixth Form, and what are you most looking forward to?
I have chosen to stay at King’s Ely for Sixth Form because I really like the fact that all the teachers know you as a person and not just as a student, and they know how to help each individual pupil. I feel like this will be really important in the Sixth Form because the level and amount of work will increase, so the support I can get from my teachers will be more important than ever. There are also so many sporting opportunities for me in the Sixth Form and many more extra-curricular activities and socials that I’m looking forward to.
What A Level subjects are you going to be studying and, if you know this yet, what sort of career are you hoping to pursue?
I am studying Maths, Geography and Politics for A Level because they are subjects that interest me and are relevant in today’s world. I am really interested in Geopolitics and would love to have a career to do with that in the future.
What extra-curricular and enrichment activities are you/have you been involved with at King’s Ely, and how do you feel this enhances your experience of school?
For me, Sport has been the main area I have got involved in outside the classroom. I have had the opportunity to represent the school in Football, Cricket, Rugby, Athletics and Rowing. Sport at King’s Ely has really helped me to have a more diverse school experience and I have been lucky to have had so many chances to represent the school. There are also many House activities like House Music and Sword and Dagger that have helped to give me a broader school experience. Even though I am not a musical person, I was encouraged to audition for the Year 8 production of ‘Oliver’ which helped to take me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to learn new skills and improve my confidence.
In what ways do you think King’s Ely is different to other schools?
I feel like there are so many unique aspects to King’s Ely which make it stand out from other schools. Activities like Ely Scheme provide so much enjoyment for loads of students where it wouldn’t be available at other schools. Ely itself is a great place to study and some of the buildings you can study in, like the Old Palace, are incredible. Above all, I think the relationship between the students and teachers at King’s Ely helps to bring out the best in each student, which separates it from other schools which have lots more pupils.