Gold Medal from The Queen

Gold Medal from The Queen

Owen Dewey, 19, from South Wootton is this year’s proud recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal, a KES tradition stretching back to the nineteenth century.  Owen was presented with the award by Her Majesty The Queen on Sunday 14th January, as he achieved the highest A-level grades at KES Academy in 2017.

Owen, along with his parents Chris and Jane Dewey and his sister Kate were invited to Sandringham House for the annual presentation.  They were accompanied by the Principal of King Edward VII Academy; Lloyd Brown, to receive the award.

Owen said: “I was nervous about going in but Her Majesty was welcoming and reassuring and we had a nice conversation about my time at KES and what I am doing now.  It was a really enjoyable experience.”

Mr Dewey said “We are very proud of Owen, he worked very hard and deserves every success”.  Mrs Dewey commented “it was a surreal experience and a privilege to accompany Owen to meet The Queen”

Principal Lloyd Brown attended with Owen and his family. He said: “It was wonderful for Owen to receive the Queen’s Gold Medal from Her Majesty in the presence of his family at Sandringham.  It was a great privilege to see him receive the award and I know he was very proud.”

Owen was an outstanding student of KES Academy.  His dry sense of humour and sharp wit also ensured popularity with both staff and students.  Owen is extremely able academically and this, combined with his excellent work ethic contributed to fantastic A Level results.   He studied Business Studies, English Literature and History, gaining 2 A*s and an A, making him the top performing student of 2017.  This success was no surprise as he also excelled at GCSE level, gaining 3A*s, 5As, 2Bs and a C.

Besides his exemplary academic record, Owen also made huge contributions to the wider life of the school.  He was a senior prefect and house captain and as secretary of Interact (a fundraising organisation associated with the Rotary Club) he helped organise several charity fundraising events, raising significant amounts of money for a variety of worthwhile causes.  He was also instrumental in an extremely successful ‘shoe box appeal’ which helped provide Christmas presents to refugee children.  Owen also completed his Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards and gave up many hours of his time mentoring lower school students as part of the Sixth Form’s Sports Leadership Course.

Although Owen is not certain of his future career, he is considering becoming a secondary school teacher.  He is currently studying a joint honours degree at Newcastle University in English Literature and History.

Since 1864 a gold medal has been awarded to the best scholar at King Edward VII, today the student with the best A-level results. A board in the main hall lists all the Gold Medal winners. In most cases the student has received the medal at a private ceremony at Sandringham House, but occasionally it has been presented in school, for example in 1956 when The Queen opened the Biology Block.  Owen’s name will now be added to the Gold Medal board.