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Higher Education Evening 2018

Please find a link to the HE Presentation below.

HE evening 2018

World Book Day

For World Book Day four sixth form students, Karl Brown, Lauren English, Grace Hemeter and Elysia Durdey read to youngsters on Rudham Ward at the Queen Elizabeth hospital as part of the celebrations.

As a school, we understand the importance of care in the community, alongside the need to build a love of reading and the work of the sixth from is very much part of this.  Many of the students at KESA sixth form wish to pursue a career in areas such as education, medicine or the care industry and this opportunity was therefore great experience for them.

The four sixth form students volunteered  to take part and were invited to the QE hospital – Rudham Ward to read to children in hospital.  It meant a great deal for the patients who might otherwise have missed out on the celebrations.

Director of nursing, Emma Hardwick, said: “Children across the country were dressing up as their favourite book characters to celebrate World Book Day so it meant a great deal for our patients on Rudham Ward to enjoy a taste of the celebrations. I would like to thank KES and the students for coming in to brighten the days of our patients.”

It is testament to the character of our sixth formers that we had a significant number volunteer to take part in this initiative and it was difficult to select only four to go. We have no doubt that we can continue to build on this in the future and thank the Queen Elizabeth hospital for the invitation.

EPQ Success

The Extended Project gives students the freedom to do a project on a subject they’re studying or in an area of personal interest. It’s a stand-alone qualification that is worth up to 70 UCAS points – equivalent to an AS Level. As students have the freedom to select their subject, it can support their practical, work-related approach to learning or be an extension of their A Level studies.

We first offered students the opportunity to take up the EPQ last year and students are supported with their projects by Dr Tadikonda. We have just received the first submitted project back from the moderator. This was a piece of research conducted by Hannah Brown into Alzheimer’s disease and its treatments. Hannah presented her research into the history of treatments over the years from the the disease’s discovery right up to the present day and the most recent developments. We are pleased to announce that Hannah achieved and A* for her EPQ project. Hannah is hoping to gain a place to study medicine next year and we are sure that this will help her chances. We look forward to further success with this qualification.

Gold Medal Winner Hannah Hodges gains place at Oxford

Each year the Queen personally awards the Royal Gold Medal to the student with the best A-level results, a tradition which dates back to 1864.

This year Hannah Hodges was awarded the gold medal for achieving three A* grades and she can now add a place at Oxford University to her considerable list of achievements. Hannah has accepted a place at St Peter’s College to study French and German.

Hannah said, “I cannot explain how happy I am and how  appreciative I am for the help and support I have received with my application as I have no doubt that it made all the difference. KESA is a very special school and I’m very grateful for the continual support and care that everyone has offered me.”

Year 12 Student Belinda Clark wins Student of the Year


Current year 12 student Belinda Clark was awarded the student of the year award at the 2015 Lynn News Education awards. Belinda, currently studying Geography, Biology, Chemistry and Maths was rewarded for her academic excellence, fantastic GCSE results, support for other students and athletic success.

Sixth Form Cake Sale raises nearly £2000 for Macmillan

Bake Sale

Sixth form students continued their excellent tradition of raising money for Macmillan by organising a bake sale and coffee morning. A total of £1,922 was raised by the event which took place in October 2015.

Sixth form students and staff baked a wide range of cakes which they then helped to sell throughout the day.

Head girl Molly Hemeter, said: “The support we have had has been absolutely immense, both from students and staff buying and donating cake. We were close to selling out by lunchtime and had to get more cake.”

Sixth Form Support Purfleet Trust

Senior sixth form prefects with sugar collected for Purfleet trust

For a number of years sixth formers have donated sugar to donate the Purfleet Trust. The sugar is used in hot drinks and provides an invaluable source of energy for the homeless throughout the winter months.
This year we managed to collect four times more than ever before by collecting 270kg of sugar.

Christmas Jumper Day Raises £1322

Sixth form students also organised a Christmas jumper day for the whole academy and staff and students donated £1 each as well as baking and selling cakes at breaks and lunch time and in the process raised £1322.04 for Text Santa.

Rachel Allsop, Assistant Head of 6th form said: “We believe in creating a community within our 6th form and days like today are a fantastic example of what’s possible when all the staff and students work together.”