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2017 A Level results

Congratulations to this year's Sixth Formers who have produced a set of outstanding A Level results.

100% of KES students in 2017 passed all of their A levels with an improvement on last year’s record results. 87% of all grades were at A*, A or B with over 61% at A* and A. 7 students have met their offers for the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and over four-fifths of the cohort will proceed to Russell Group universities.

Head Master, Julian Thould, comments:

“We are again delighted that our students have gained such excellent results, particularly given the additional challenge of linear A Levels. They show what persistent hard work and outstanding teaching can achieve. Congratulations go to all of those who leave King Edward’s for university after such well deserved success.”

Digniora awarded

Congratulations to Joshua Lam who has been awarded a digniora for English. Ms Gadsbey notes ‘Joshua wrote an impressive response to an unseen poem applying a consistently layered approach to language, structural and imagery techniques within the poem whilst weaving in contextual elements impacting on meaning. His work is certainly well above our expectations for a Lower School student and would be worthy of a top GCSE grade, made all the more impressive by the unseen nature of the poem.'

German Top 100 words competition

On 29th June, ten First and Second Year pupils competed in the first Top 100 German Words Competition.  A team of Fourth Year markers (Vaughan Clements, Xyla Taufaniska, Mikey Stevens and Seb Sheath) kept score whilst the competitors battled it out.  The competition was fierce but the eventual winners were:

First Prize Sophia Skenderis
Second Prize Hannah Procter
Third Prize Eloise Müller

Ferret racing

The 22 ferrets from the Hampshire Ferret Club will be racing at lunchtime on the field Tuesday 11th July 1pm -2.10pm after they were unable to race on final day of the Arts Festival due to the heat.

Ferrets will race for one of 8 teams: 6 School Houses and teams for Teaching Staff and Non-teaching Staff. The 4 teams with the most points after the preliminary races will proceed to the final race and to the winning prize.

Tapas Evening

Monday evening saw the annual A Level Spanish Leavers' Tapas evening  in the centre of Southampton. As usual, a good amount tortilla, calamares and patatas bravas (amongst other tasty bites) were consumed. It was a lovely evening and a chance to reminisce about all those years learning Spanish together and chat about future plans and trips in which Spanish will no doubt come in very useful. Buena suerte a todos - Ha sido un placer!

KES girls win rounders tournament

The U14 rounders team competed in the South Coast Rounders Tournament hosted by PGS last week. Throughout the day they impressed with their fielding, as they bowled all their opposition out within the allotted number of balls. KES and PGS emerged as the two top teams with each losing only one match.  However, when the total number of rounders scored throughout the day were counted, it was KES who finished as champions. A great performance from the girls; well done!

Kaleidoscope Day

As well as it being the Arts Festival, today is also dress down ‘kaleidoscope day’ to help us raise money for a very important charity. All monies raised will go towards the treatment of our former French assistant’s daughter who has been diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) which is a very rare form of cancer. If you would like to read a little more about Zoé’s story, please follow the link below:

Geography Field Trip to Osmington Bay

The Fourth Year geographers enjoyed a very sunny weekend on the Dorset coast. They spent the first day at Barton-on-Sea and Studland looking at coastal processes, coastal management and sand dune succession. The following two days were spent in the River Wey, measuring the characteristics of the river, and in Weymouth looking at settlement patterns and the impact of tourism on the town. The students worked incredibly hard in the sunshine and covered a huge amount of work in preparation for their Paper 4 IGCSE examination.

Second Year glamping

On the hottest day of the year eighteen Second Year pupils went on an activity weekend at Lovaton. They tested their confidence with pony trekking and climbing and improved their independence by doing their own cooking. There were many team games played in the evening and a water fight to cool everyone down! Dr Waymark even threw in a lesson on waterfalls at Lydford Gorge.

Dignioras and dignissimas awarded

Congratulations to Matthew Simmonds who has been awarded a digniora for Physics.  Dr Dean notes: ‘Matthew submitted a beautifully presented and very detailed report on the electromagnetic spectrum that contains physics well above that expected of a Third Year pupil. He managed to explain ideas normally met in Sixth Form Physics lessons as well as putting these into relevant contexts.’

Jeremy Hill has also received a digniora for French. Mrs Jones comments: ‘Jeremy produced an outstanding piece of writing for his end of year examination. This is worthy of a top grade at IGCSE and way beyond that which is expected of a pupil in the Third Year. This is the culmination of excellent work throughout the year and he is a linguist of the highest calibre.’