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7 December

Oxbridge OVs, star reviews, racing recollections & School success

Oxbridge OV Top Tips!

Wednesday this week saw the return to King’s of a number of OVs who are currently studying at Oxbridge, who came back to school to talk to the current sixth formers who have applied to study at Oxford and Cambridge. They talked to the current students about the interview process, giving them top tips and advice, such as “Don’t panic!”, and “The interviewers aren’t there to catch you out, so just enjoy it!”

The OVs also enjoyed being back at King’s and met up with some of their former teachers and chatted with them about their experiences of university life and studying at Oxbridge.  Head of Languages, Richard Ball, also took advantage of OV Edd Peckston (K 10-17) being back in school and persuaded him to attend and assist in a Lower Sixth German lesson (Edd is in 2nd year at Brasenose College, Oxford, studying German and he is also President-elect of the Oxford University Liberal Democrat Society).


Returning Oxbridge OVs were: Joe Ashton (Br 11-18), Sophie Mackay (Cl 10-17), Andrew Salkeld (Cl 11-18), Theo Beever (S 09-16), Maha Munir (Br 10-17), Dom Cronie (Br 15-17) and Edd Peckston (K 10-17). 



Allan Clayton Star Review

It’s always a pleasure to hear what amazing operas OV Allan Clayton (H 91-99) is starring in, and we were particularly delighted to read a review in The Guardian declaring Allan ‘dazzles’ in his role as Candide in the same titled operetta by Bernstein performed at the Komische Oper Berlin.

Not only does Allan offer a ‘mesmerising title performance’ but he also impresses with ‘natural comic timing’ and dancing which he does both alone and as part of an ensemble, performing in the opera house which seats an audience of 1270.

Candide was composed by Bernstein and is based on a 1759 novella of the same name by Voltaire.  For a snapshot of Allan in this incredible production you can watch the trailer for the production here.

Racing Recollections

We were very interested to see Derek Bell (S 56-58) interviewed for an NBC sports article as the ISMA (International Supermodified Association) celebrates their 50th year. The interview with Derek sees him recalling his first laps around the Daytona International Speedway where the banking in the corners hits a mighty 31 degrees.

Derek gives a fascinating account of his experiences on the track and talks of the particularly strange sensation when first hitting the banking. Derek has enjoyed an incredibly successful career as a British racing driver, winning the Le Mans 24 hours five times and the Daytona 24 three times. He also raced for Ferrari, Wheatcroft, McLaren, Surtees and Techno in the Formula One. Derek’s interview comes as ISMA takes a look at some of the drivers and events that have been an integral part of their incredible 50 years and it can be seen here.

King’s ranked as one of the top performing schools in the UK

King’s School is in the Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2019 as one of the top 150 performing independent secondary schools in the country, rising 39 places from last year.

The 27th edition of Parent Power identifies the highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their recent examination results (both for A levels and GCSE) and King’s was the only Worcester school to be named in the Top 150 independent secondary schools.  King’s is also ranked 7th in the West Midlands in this guide.

King’s headmaster Matthew Armstrong said: “We are delighted with the school’s positioning in the Sunday Times Parent Power survey. Our 124th ranking and 39 place improvement is testament to the sheer hard work and dedication which pupils and staff have put in over the last year.  We have consistently achieved year on year improvements, but the school for us is about so much more than academic success. The pupils are encouraged to be themselves, to achieve and contribute to school life via extra-curricular activities and, most importantly, to fall in love with learning. We are interested in inspiring intellectual interests and building life skills which will sustain them long after their time in school.”

To find out more about the methodology behind Parent Power and how the information is compiled, please visit The Sunday Times.