News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Academy Awards at Kings

18th September, 2015 by Jude Owens

On Thursday 10 September 2015 The Kings of Wessex Academy held its 39th Annual Awards evening to celebrate the last academic year with an overflowing audience of student award winners, parents, staff, Governors and friends of Kings who all joined together for this special highlight on the academy calendar.

A record number of over 300 awards were presented for academic high achievement in the GCSE, AS Level and A Level exams; Subject, Star and Tutor Awards; Outstanding Progress in Literacy and Reading; Work Experience placements, and an abundance of Special Awards for contribution to the life of Kings.

Chair of Governors Brian Kirkup chaired the evening and Headteacher Mr Chris Richardson praised students for their impressive exam results. At GCSE 87% of students achieved five or more Grades A* - C, with 69% including English and Maths and over a quarter were top Grades A*/A. At A Level, the overall pass rate was an impressive 99%, and over half of students achieved Grade B or better.

Mr Richardson reminded the audience that studying at Kings is not all about exams. Students have fun as well. He recalled the many exciting enrichment trips and activities during the year, including the First World War Battlefields of Belgium and Poland and Auschwitz; as well as Music concerts and Drama performances. "Helping our young people to stand out from the crowd is a crucial part of our work," he said. On a fun note, he praised last year's Senior Student Team for their moments-full Charities Week on the theme of The Virtual World when they raised over 11,394 pounds for their chosen charities.

Before the presentation of the awards Mr Richardson finished by thanking staff for their dedication and commitment, parents for their partnership, the Governing Body, Cheddar Valley School colleagues and the PTA for their support. But above all, Mr Richardson praised students for their "energy, enthusiasm and commitment and for all that they do for their Academy." As well as young people receiving awards, this year's Community Awards were presented to Korky Davey who has been a longstanding champion of Kings in leading assemblies and Equestrian Leaders Claire and Robert Thomas for leading the young riders to formidable success across the country.

Deputy and Assistant Headteachers Barbara Marshall and Christian Hughes compered the ceremony and the award winners felt cherished and celebrated. Musical entertainment was provided by the Brass Band of the Cheddar Valley Music Club with a stunning performance of 'A Circus Suite' by Stuart Johnson conducted by Anne Higgs; and Year 11 students Natalie Fear and Sofia Glover performed a moving duet of 'Budapest' by George Ezra.