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23 August

A-Level results, Good works & an OV Graduation Special

A-Level Results for newest OVs

The King’s School Worcester is again delighted with outstanding A Level results this year. An impressive 93% of grades achieved were A*-C, with 77% of results A*-B. These are the strongest results at this level for a number of years.

Leading the way were Head of School, Alice Evans, who achieved three A* grades and one grade A which helped secure her place at University College, Oxford to study Biomedical Sciences, and Ollie Colebourne who achieved 4 A* grades in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Joe Ashton, Bill Bishop, Andrew Salkeld, Lucy Goodman and Jamie Havercroft all also achieved A* in 3 or more A Levels.

The full A-Level results report can be found here.

OV inspires charity walk after battle with cancer

During the summer, four years ago, Dan Pritchard (Cr 12-16), who was due to start his first year of sixth form at The King’s School, Worcester, had been struggling with his breathing. After three months a scan revealed a 9.8cm cubic mass in his chest which was blocking his airway. He was rushed to hospital and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma on in September 2014.

He had six rounds of chemotherapy and three rounds of radiotherapy treatment between September and Christmas and was only able to attend school a third of the time. “It was difficult to cope with the work,” he said. “I was not going to allow my treatment to hold me back with my education.” Dan gave a special mention to Lorraine Guy and Gemma Hardy saying, "Their support was beyond anything I could've hoped for during treatment".

His treatment finished in May 2015 and since then he has only had to attend routine check-up.

Dan is now studying aerospace engineering at Sheffield University and has inspired an event called the Cob House Country Walk, organised by charity Bloodwise. The event held for the first time last year and raised more than £6,000 for the charity. The event starts at the park in Wichenford on September 1st.

Story and photo courtesy of Worcester News- the full article can be read here.

Climbing for a cause

A massive well done to OV Jacob Ham (Cl 09-16) who completed the 3 Peaks Challenge  climbing the tallest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland in just 24 hours! Jacob and his Rugby 7’s team Wooden Spoon Marauders took the challenge on together to raise money for The Wooden Spoon charity. At school, Jacob was a keen sportsman, playing for the 1st Rugby and Cricket teams. His passion for sport continues as does his Rugby playing and he is keen to make sport accessible to all young people.


OV cooking up a storm

We were delighted to hear from OV Iska Lupton (S 05-07) who, along with her journalist friend Anastasia Miari, has been working on an exciting project called ‘Grand Dishes’ which celebrates the time-perfected dishes of the world's grandmothers. Their project was even featured in this Sunday’s The Observer.

Iska and Anastasia’s grandmothers inspired the project which has just won 2018 Best Blog in the Guild of Food Writers awards. They have so far met 13 grandmothers from Hackney to Madrid all with their own unique stories, spending at least one day with each woman, cooking a dish and talking through their lives with food as a common thread. They have discovered the most remarkable stories and tried some amazing food. Iska says, ‘This isn’t a book about what it’s like to be old. It’s a book about what it’s like to have lived’.

If you would like to find out more about their wonderful project please click here.

OV Graduations 2018

We are always so pleased to hear how OVs are progressing and with the summer graduations well under way here are some of this year's OV gradutaion stories…

Connie Grant (S 07-14)

I graduated on the 19th July from the University of Exeter with a BSc Economics & Politics degree, a Business School Commendation for my contribution to the school through academic representation and a fundraising total over £180,000 raised for various charities during my time as president of Exeter RAG (Raise and Give) in the 2017-18 year.

I’m currently working for Centrica on the Business Leadership Summer Placement and hope to continue this role into their graduate scheme next year, which will leave some time in between to fulfil a longstanding dream of mine to do a ski season. I’ve been offered a chalet hosting role in Courchevel which I’m really looking forward to! 

Steve Dalley (Ch 07-14)

Graduated on 18th July 2018 from University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) with a First Class Honours in Business Management with Marketing BA(Hons).

During my 3 years at UWE I was heavily involved with the motorsport society, moving from financial director in my second year to president in my 3rd year which was an incredible experience. The club committed on a national against 70 other universities with my best result of the year being a 4th place finish out of 35 battling amongst some of the best karting drivers in the UK some of which have gone on to careers in motorsport in categories such as Clio Cup and Touring cars. Further to this, I was involved in a 5-a-side football team every Tuesday evening.

I currently have a job in Bristol starting the 3rd of September at G2 as a recruitment consultant. As for plans beyond this, I aspire to work in the financial industry as this was the part of my course I enjoyed the most and consequently attained the highest marks of 85-90%. Specifically what job in the financial industry, I’m yet to decide that but hopefully exposure to the job world as a recruitment consultant while enable me to gain an understanding of what sort of thing I would enjoy the most. 

Tilley Shackley (Ch 06-13)

I just graduated (June 2018) in Natural Sciences with a Year in Industry (which I did at GlaxoSmithKline) from the University of Bath with First Class Honours. I majored in Pharmacology with Biological sciences and Mathematics. 

I also received the Natural Sciences Prize for the highest achieving student within Natural Science departments. 

I am now going to move to London to complete a PhD with the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. This is a Medical Research Council iCASE funded project in partnership with Heptares, a company which is involved in drug design for many different diseases. The aim of the project is to gather more knowledge about the nutrient sensing which occurs in the gut and how the dynamic range of metabolites influences physiology, such as obesity, metabolism, immunity and diabetes. 

Tom Hutt (Cr 12-14)

I studied BSc Business Economics with Industrial Experience and achieved a First Class Honours degree. My degree was four years and included a placement year in London working for North Highland – a management consultancy firm based in Holborn. 

After being 1st XI Football Captain at King's, I continued playing all the way through my time at Exeter. I captained the 2nd XI in both my second and final year, was Club Treasurer in my second year and was named Clubman of the Year in my second year too.

I loved my time at King's and Exeter, and am now taking 6 months off to travel and volunteer abroad before starting my graduate job back at North Highland in March 2019.

Billie Wilson (S 07-14)

I graduated on 17th July 2018 from the University of Exeter. I studied a BA in Modern Languages (4 year course with Year Abroad). 

I am now taking a year out and hoping to travel South America before possibly pursuing a career in the media. I aim to live abroad in the future, probably in France or Spain. 



Cameron Walker (Os 08-15)

I graduated from Nottingham Trent University on July 25th 2018 with a BA Hons in Broadcast Journalism (1st Class). 

I’ve secured a position as a trainee journalist with ITV and I hope to become an onscreen journalist one day.