Prizegiving celebrations

The annual Senior School Prizegiving marked the last day of the school term as pupils, staff and parents came together to celebrate a wealth of achievements at Chester Racecourse.

The emotional event was enjoyed by more than 1,200 pupils, staff, governors, parents and guests following a leavers’ service at Chester Cathedral.

A highlight of the ceremony was the speech by guest speaker and Sky News presenter, Jonathan Samuels (OKS1991). His insightful and engaging talk reflected upon his time at King’s, emphasising the importance of compassion and saying ‘yes’ to new experiences, no matter how daunting. He also stressed how crucial not comparing yourself to others can be to both personal and professional success.

Prize winners were selected from all years in the senior school with pupils’ credited for their performances in an array of academic, sport, drama and music successes. The Robert Jones Kendrick Memorial Prize and Westminster Medal, the school’s top academic award, was awarded to Aditya Iyer (U6WAL).

The ceremony also included musical performances, poetry and readings from pupils whilst addresses from the Headmaster, both current and future Head of Schools, and teachers provided a reflective look back over the year.

Following the ceremony, more than 600 prize-winners, sixth form leavers and their parents joined the staff and governors for lunch in the Pavilion Suite.