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2 July

Back to School for OV Ella Smith

The King’s School Art Department was over the moon to welcome back OV Ella Smith (Cl 12-17) this week. The reason? For Ella to gain some work experience in teaching before going to the University of Portsmouth in September to study for a PGCE in Further Education.

During her time at King’s, Ella spent many an hour in the art department, both for her own studies and also as part of the Art Club. Time spent in the art department had to be balanced with her duties as Deputy Head of House and her other School commitments, including the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, the Charity Committee, the Swimming team and the Dance Company.

Ella’s focus after leaving School was very clear, going on to complete a Foundation Year in Art & Design at the Birmingham Metropolitan College. Her next step was a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Bath Spa University, from which Ella graduated this year.

This week’s work experience was mainly with L6 pupils although Ella also had the opportunity to work with students in L4 and U4, to get the most experience as possible. Within the L6 lessons, Ella was able to talk to the students about their work and ideas, and gain insight into the current A Level curriculum.

On why she chose to return to King’s for her work experience, Ella explained, “I had a wonderful experience at King’s as a student, which has led me to progress in my studies confidently due to enthusiastic and positive teaching. I wanted to give students that same positive experience within their educational journey.

“With my specialism being fine art, I wanted to gain experience within the art department as a prospective teacher. A particular lesson I have learned, having seen the work and effort put into the department from teachers and technicians, is how much dedication is required to be a successful teacher. I hope to emulate what I have learnt within this short time in my own career.

Ella Smith

“I just wanted to add that the King’s School Worcester art department is outstanding and offers such a diverse range of opportunities for students and cannot be faulted.”

It is always a delight to welcome OVs back to the King’s Foundation Family, safe in the knowledge that the help and support it provides doesn’t end with King’s Day.