News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

"It's not how good you are, but how good you want to be"

28th January, 2019 by Jude Owens

It might be over half the year to go before the GCSE results day on 22 August 2019 (never mind, before the exam season starts in May/June); but Year 11 students at The Kings of Wessex Academy are definitely in the exam zone.

This week they received their Pre-Public Exams (PPEs) results sat at the end of last term in a motivating assembly led by Deputy Headteacher Mr Edwards who recognised the culmination of the students’ hard work and revision at this important juncture in their education. He also acknowledged the valuable exam experience of sitting their exams in a formal venue, the intensity of sitting several different exams in one day, of course, under exam conditions; all of which the students have taken in their stride.

As students sat pondering their results, Mr Edwards discussed the range of emotions they might be feeling when they opened their individual envelope - from delight to disappointment. But above all, Mr Edwards encouraged them to have the right attitude about the PPE’s and to reflect and learn from their results and to benefit from their teachers’ feedback so that they can fulfil their true potential. Mr Edwards showed the image of a butterfly drawn by a six-year pupil, but who wanted to improve it and who sought advice from his teacher and practised and perfected until it was beautifully draw. Similarly, if perhaps on a grander scale, Mr Edwards showed the most viewed painting and best-selling post card in the National Gallery – Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and told how the artist worked to make it the masterpiece it is considered today.

“If it’s not excellent it’s not finished.”

Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball praised the students: “Well done to all the students for their PPE results! This is now the time to think how can I do better and to aim high as Kings’ students.”