Pupils rewarded for achievements

Pupils from King's School arrive at the Sage in Gateshead ahead of their annual prize-giving ceremony.
Pupils from King's School arrive at the Sage in Gateshead ahead of their annual prize-giving ceremony.

DOZENS of prizes were handed out to students who had excelled in and out the classroom.

More than 100 prizes were presented to pupils from Tynemouth’s The King’s School for their outstanding academic, sporting and cultural achievements.

The event – held at the Sage in Gateshead on September 9 – saw a 1,200-strong audience and special guests including the Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Nigel Sherlock OBE and former junior school headmaster David Littlefield.

Among those who received prizes were Richard Ross, from Whitley Bay, and Rachel Cooper, from North Shields, who both achieved three A* grades at A-Level.

King’s students achieved a 99 per cent pass rate overall at A-Level, with those achieving A* to B rising from 59 per cent to 62 per cent, while 30 per cent achieved ten or more A* and A grades at GCSE.

King’s headmaster Edward Wesson said: “These are fine results.

“A high percentage of top grades is excellent news and a fantastic reflection on all the hard work our boys and girls, their teachers and their parents have done.

“We encourage all of our boys and girls to aim high.

“We have the facilities and resources for first-rate educational provision so we are confident our academic success will continue.”

He added: “Prizegiving is also a time to celebrate our educational success in broader terms than just the national curriculum.

“Many pupils will receive prizes for their contribution to school life. It is fitting that their hard work should be recognised too.

“Education is a partnership between pupils, parents and staff. We’re proud of that partnership at King’s and anyone interesting in finding out more is very welcome to come along and meet us at any time.”

• The King’s School open morning will be held on Saturday, November 19, from 9am.