Not the normal last day of term for pupils this year!

There is no doubt that the last day of the Summer Term this year has been like no other. All King’s alumni will have experienced the end of term traditional Cathedral Service many times (love it or hate it!) and the excitement at the prospect of no more homework, accompanied by a feeling of freedom when walking out of the school gates for the 8-week Summer break. Not so this year!

Even more poignant is the fact that Upper Sixth leavers would normally have enjoyed the celebratory Prizegiving service, held in recent times at Chester Race course, which provided a perfect backdrop for a final farewell to teachers and friends. This year will be very different, but with some innovative thought a ‘virtual’ Prizegiving address has been recorded and sent to all pupils.

As well as the usual various prizes for effort, achievement, commitment and service across the many aspects of King’s activities, Headmaster George Hartley delivered the welcome introduction. Head of School, Mia Hard af Sergerstad-Smith gave a moving address about resilience, friendship and trying not to focus on what she and her peers had missed out on, or lost as a result of the pandemic, but how they should respond to it. There was also an address from Guest Speaker James Timpson (ex-parent and governor) and Chief Executive of Timpson’s retail, who talked about the importance of kindness in life and leadership.

The Alumni Team would like to wish all students a super summer holiday and all Upper Sixth students good luck for their A level results and a very warm welcome to our alumni community.