Academic and extra-curricular achievements were highlighted at Lynn’s King Edward VII School’s presentation on Thursday.
In total, more than 100 prizes were awarded for success at A level and GCSE, and many students attended to receive their A level and GCSE certificates from last year. The prizes and certificates were presented by Tim Steer, former director of the sixth form at KES.
The school produced 25 Norfolk Scholars – students achieving either two grade As and a grade C or one A and two Bs, excluding general studies.
Andrew Cole got five straight As, in biology, chemistry, general studies, maths and physics, and is this year’s winner of the royal gold medal, which will be presented to him by the Queen at Sandringham House in the new year.
Mr Steer talked about his experiences in education and advised the students that learning in the broader sense was better than “exam crunching”.
In his report on the 2011/2012 school year, headteacher Mike Douglass told about 400 people gathered in the main hall of the achievements of students in a wide range of activities, as well as the school’s commitment to raising money for charity.
He said significant achievements included Ashmeatha Ashokkumar, from Year 7, winning the national French spelling bee from 20,000-plus entries, and Xuesong Yu, from Year 12, getting a prestigious Nuffied Foundation bursary for her work in forensic science, as well as a Gold Crest award.
Mr Douglass said the A level examination results were very good, with a 98 per cent pass rate. Forty per cent of the grades were As and Bs, and 64 per cent were at A to C level.
Mahmoud El Ghannam and Raymond Chu achieved four As, including some at A* level, as well as their other A level grades.
Kai Tham, Sam Meachem and Jake Bass got three As, some at A* level, in addition to their other A level grades.
Year 11 also gained some excellent results, with 217 students getting a total of 2,145 GCSE or equivalent full course passes . Star pupils were Georgeina Jarman and Zane Tham who each got 11 A*s.
Mr Douglass said KES offered an extensive extra-curricular programme and trips that helped enrich the educational opportunities offered to students at the school.
He also described the musical, dance and drama events put on at KES, as well as the activities of its Confucius classroom and conferences.