Sixth Form Prizegiving

Congratulations to all Sixth Form students who were recognised at Prizegiving this year. 

Upper Sixth winners will be presented with their prizes at a special event in September but we held a celebration for the Lower Sixth in the last week of term. 

There was a real sense of accomplishment as Headmaster Mr Hartley and Head of Sixth Form, Mr Carter handed out the prizes to our winners. Mr Hartley praised the resilience of this particular year group who, after facing cancelled GCSE exams a year ago, had to move to remote learning for periods of their first year of sixth form studies. 

Here is a complete list of all of this year’s winners and a gallery of those prize winners who were in school for the ceremony:

Upper Sixth – Subject Prizes

The Reidford Art prize (donated by a former pupil) Emma Henry KS
The Chester City Guilds’ prize for Biology (donated by the Barbers Surgeons Wax & Tallow Chandlers Company) Angus Millard
The Upper 6th Form subject prize for Business   Amy Miln
The King’s School Mothers’ Guild prize for Chemistry Riyaan Yesudian KS
The Upper 6th Form subject prize for Classical Studies  Gaby Parkinson
The Upper 6th Form subject prize for Computer Science     Thomas Leitch
The Upper 6th Form subject prize for Design and Technology     Olivia Williams
The Upper 6th Form subject prize for Drama    Lily Walker 
The Robert Houston memorial prize for Economics
 Mansi Gupta KS
(in memory of the former pupil who became a lecturer in business studies)
The J T Davies memorial prize for English Language (in memory of the former headmaster
Oliver Melville
The Stanley Weyman prize for Literature   Gaby Parkinson
The King’s School Mothers’ Guild prize for French  Emma Henry KS
The Addiscott prize for Geography (Donated by the Addiscott family) Freya Walsh KS
The Upper 6th Form subject prize for German
Lauren Barnes KS
The Thomas Hughes memorial prize for History   Freya Walsh KS
The Daniel Falle prize for Mathematics (in memory of the former mathematics teacher) William Standing
The Ward-Jones prize for Music (donated by the family of a former pupil) Lily Van Loock
The Upper 6th Form subject prize for PE        Sophie Williams
The Upper 6th Form subject prize for Philosophy       Max Hollywood
The T W Thomas Memorial prize for Physics (in memory of a former physics teacher) Mark Turner KS
The Upper 6th Form subject prize for Politics  Joseph Harnett
The W & G W Haswell memorial prize for Theology  Tilly Irvine
The Upper 6th Form subject prize for Spanish  Molly Ferrara

Upper Sixth – Sports Awards 

The CAOKS Trophy for Netball Gaby Parkinson
The CAOKS Trophy for Girls’ Hockey  Anna Mackay
The CAOKS Trophy for Boys’ Hockey Abhijay Chawda
The CAOKS Trophy for Rowing Louis Corrigan KS
The CAOKS Trophy for Girls’ Rowing  Madeline Ellis KS
The CAOKS Trophy for Football Thomas Hughes
The CAOKS Trophy for Cricket Henry Goodfellow

Sportswoman of the Year – Heather Black

Awarding this prize to Heather Black was a very quick and unanimous decision. Since starting at King’s, Heather has been front and centre in all sport teams. She is an incredible talent in all sports without exception and has represented school across the board throughout her time at King’s.  Heather is highly competitive on the sporting field and has never ever given less than 100%; we have always been grateful to have Heather play for us as opposed to against us. It gives the PE department great pleasure to recognise her unfailing  contribution to school sport across 7 years – she is a truly deserving winner.

Sportsman of the Year – George Arnold

George is a talented athlete and all-round sportsman who has excelled in a variety of activities throughout his time at King’s. George has been a great role-model for younger pupils, particularly when captaining the Club XI cricket side this summer.

The Kearton Prize – Sophie Williams

In memory of Lord Kearton, donated by his family, for a student with distinguished academic and sporting achievementsSophie has very diligently balanced her very high standard of academic work with her commitment to equestrian, gaining international recognition. Despite limited sporting opportunities over the past 18 months she has remained hugely committed to her sport and to her work.

The Senior Chess Championship Cup – Riyaan Yesudian KS

Upper Sixth – Special Awards and Prizes

The Boswell Medal – Emma Henry KS

Awarded to the most efficient cadet in memory of the first senior NCO in the CCF, this year the medal is awarded to Emma Henry. Emma has been an outstanding leader in the CCF. She has been an exemplar for all cadets and has consistently demonstrated caring leadership and high personal standards. She has given of her time generously despite commitments to many other activities and is therefore a highly deserving  recipient of the award.

 The Peter Hold Memorial Prize for Acting – Angus Millard

In memory of a former student for the best individual dramatic performance in a school production, this year’s recipient is Angus Millard in recognition of his outstanding performances as Captain Von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’, Peter in ‘The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe’, Lord Frederick in ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ and Herr Ludwig in ‘Cabaret’. Angus has demonstrated an unfaltering commitment to performing and has grown into an actor of incredible skill and presence.  His generosity, professionalism and talent will be hugely missed.

 The Ronald Pickup Prize for Drama – Callum Kingsley

Instituted in 2006 by students who produced, directed and acted in a performance of The Alchemist and awarded to the sixth form student who has given the most to Drama, this year’s prize is awarded to Callum Kingsley. Callum has thrown himself wholeheartedly into many projects, including Sixth-Form Drama Club, as assistant director for ‘A Clockwork Orange’, a wonderful performance as Uncle Max in ‘The Sound of Music’ and a very memorable turn as a dancing gorilla in ‘Cabaret’. Callum always gives generously of his time and is the highly deserving recipient of this award.

The Joan Saint Memorial Prize for Singing – Felicity Wyatt

Donated in memory of the parent of a former chorister, this prize is awarded to Felicity in recognition of her outstanding performances and leading contribution to Sixth Form Choir this year. She has shown commitment and involved herself with virtual recordings of pieces for charity in addition to performances for  whole-school enjoyment.

 The Sarl-Williams Instrumental Prize for Strings – Lauren Barnes KS

Donated by a former governor for the greatest contribution to instrumental music by a string player. Lauren receives this prize for her outstanding work over seven years in the orchestra, Troubadour ensemble and various string ensembles. She has excelled as a solo performer this year and has contributed to may virtual performances in lockdown.

The Tom Clamp Memorial Prize – Angus Millard

Angus quietly and with a real sense of humility has given wholeheartedly to almost all aspects of school life. A talented musician, rower and dramatist, he balances this all with a real sense of academic rigour.

The Rotary Club prize for Public Service  – Yasmin Patel KS

Yasmin was one of the leading figures in organising a huge effort from a group in the Upper Sixth who raised money by running a mile every hour for 24 hours. Supportive of the charity work in school, she extended this during the lockdown period in a hugely impressive manner.

The Owen Jones Award for Service to the Community – Mark Turner KS

Mark has been an outstanding Lead Prefect for charities, willing to support the charitable work of the school and, most importantly, throughout the school.

The Brotherhood Trophy – Mansi Gupta KS

Mansi was the runaway winner of The Brotherhood Trophy, a refelction of her contrubution towards school life over many years and the high regard in which she is held by her peers.

The Edwards Memorial Prize – Robert Shone

Robert very quietly and without any sense of ego puts everything into all of his subjects. Every report is almost metronomic in praise for him and yet he would never seek praise. He is a thoroughly deserving recipent of this award.

The Rohan Ingley Memorial Prize  – Owen Reece-Jones

Owen has had a difficult time during the Upper Sixth but you would never know it. He has focussed relentlessly on work, drama and on supporting his peers as Deputy Head of School. Highly regarded by all of his peers and the staff at the school, he is a fully deserving recipient of this award.

The Cook Forster Prize for the Deputy Head of School – George Arnold

George has proven to be a superb Deputy Head of School in spite of the lack of opportunities to fully prove himself.  He has provided stability and sound advice to both the Headmaster and the Head of Sixth Form during an unprecedented period in the school’s history.

The Kapur Prize for the Deputy Head of School – Owen Reece-Jones

Owen has been an outstanding Deputy Head of School and has really made the most of it in spite of the circumstances. Calm, dedicated and wise, Owen has been a real asset and support to the Headmaster, the Head of Sixth Form and the wider school community.

The Head of School’s Prize – Mansi Gupta KS

Mansi has been dealt a really tough hand and she was chosen to be Head of School as the first lockdown took hold. She has approached a much different role than she was anticipating with optimism, the ability to critque carefully and superb diplomacy. Admired and respected by the whole year group, she has proven to be an outstanding Head of School.

The Robert Jones Kendrick Memorial Prize and The Westminster Medal – Riyaan Yesudian KS

In an outstanding academic year group with the longest shortlist for this award for quite some time, Riyaan still manages to excel. He has gained a place at Cambridge for the most competitive course going –  Economics –  and marries this scholarship with a real dedication to academic excellence as witnessed by faultless exams and reports throughout the Sixth Form. He combines this studiousness with a real sense of supporting others and enjoying their achievements.

Lower Sixth – Subject Prizes

The Randolph Caldecott prize for Art (in memory of the eminent Victorian illustrator who was Head Prefect of the school) Ellie Wilson
The Spence Prize for Biology (in memory of a former pupil and Westminster Medal winner) Henry Banfield
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Business   Toby Ellis
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Chemistry  Daniel Kiely KS
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Classical Studies  Nathan Wilmot
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Computer Science     Anna Harris
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Design and Technology     Alice Pearce
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Drama    Sameer Dhanjee
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Economics     Charlotte Scott KS
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for English Language        Isabelle Thane KS
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for English Literature   Isla Plass
The Roe prize for French (in memory of a former pupil) Maria Rich KS
The Green prize for Geography   William Burrows
The Guha prize for History   Hugh Hudson
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Latin     Hugh Hudson
The Campey prize for Mathematics Anna Harris
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Music Sameer Dhanjee
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for PE        Dylan Allen
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Philosophy       Edmund Hartley
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Physics  King Chalapati
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Politics  Charlotte Scott KS
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Psychology      Anna Crossley
The Dobson prize for Theology  Isla Plass
The Lower 6th Form subject prize for Spanish  William Burrows

Lower Sixth – Sports Awards & Special Prizes

The Finn Abberton Medal – Isabella Jones KS

In memory of Finn Abberton, for a student who has shown commitment, endeavour and kindness at the Rowing Club. Throughout her time at the Rowing Club, Isabella has always gone above and beyond the high expectations of a KSRC athlete. Isabella has always volunteered her time to help with younger athletes at the club and she has been a fantastic help to the coaches. Isabella has frequently been mentioned by the coaching team and her peers as a reliable and trustworthy athlete. Isabella is a pupil who will always go out of her way to help others.

The Academic Essay Prize – Anna Crossley

The Lower Sixth Academic Essay Competition is designed to allow students to demonstrate many of the independent academic skills demanded by universities. Anna Crossley is this year’s winner for her superb essay discussing the title “Should eating meat and dairy be banned?” Our independent judge was particularly impressed Anna’s very emotive poetry quotation as an opener which then maintains the reader’s attention with many biological arguments. There was evidence of considerable reading not only in the bibliography but also in the extensive references throughout this piece to not just literature but also statistics. Equally extensive was the range of angles from which the question was viewed – moral, environmental, political, economic, religious, health. While acknowledging that these are often very complex issues, there is a clear line of thought throughout the piece which reaches a carefully-considered personal conclusion. The judge stated that this piece of writing was among the very best from 9 years of judging this competition.

The Worden Prize for Conservation – Jessica Parkinson

Donated by the family of a former student, the Worden Prize is awarded this year to a student who has played an instrumental role in the greening of the King’s School site. Jess has been an extremely active and enthusiastic member  of the Biodiversity Enrichment group and she has lead from the front in terms of developing and working on the new Wild life Garden and the Junior and Senior School raised beds.