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King’s Worcester Rowers End The Year On Fundraising High
Over one hundred and forty King’s Worcester pupils finished the year off with a bang after completing their annual One Million Meter Charity Rowing challenge in just over 17 hours raising over £5,250 so far for Mind Charity.
16th December 2021 — The gruelling challenge, which is now in its eighth year, saw pupils starting at 4 pm on Wednesday and rowing the equivalent of six hundred and twenty miles (one million meters), in just 17 hours. Held in the King’s Michael Baker Boathouse, the pupils worked in shifts to row five-minute intervals continuously for an hour at a time.
The challenge, which has raised over £35,000 in the last six years for various charities, involves pupils of all ages at the school. The final leg of the challenge saw over 50 fifth and sixth formers (year 10- 12) staying overnight and camping on the Boathouse floor, whilst taking it in turns to keep the rowing ergos going continuously.
This year the pupils raised money for The Mind Charity, a charity chosen by the pupils to support those experiencing mental health problems. Donations can be made via The Boathouse Virgin Money Giving page.
Head of Rowing, Jim Chalmers added, “It’s such an enjoyable event to be a part of and a real team effort. The atmosphere is buzzing and everyone loves to be involved and do their miles. Whilst this year’s event was unable to welcome the usual finale of supporters from staff, ex-pupils and non-rowing pupils, the support on social media has been phenomenal. It’s a great King’s community event and the pupils are always so committed to this every year and the bonus is raising so much for our chosen charities too.”
Captain of Boats, Luke Beever added, “It’s been an exhausting evening but totally worth every second of the sleep deprivation. After such a long period of not being together, this was a great end to the term. Alice Baker, who has recently received a full rowing scholarship to Stanford, California, said, “The atmosphere was epic and rowing at 3 am in the morning with others is a great way to forge team bonds.”
Mind Charity spokesperson, Bekah commented, “What an incredible achievement, thank you for organising this charity in aid of Mind. We couldn’t do the work we do without supporters like you.”
King’s Worcester Celebrates Top 10 West Midlands Independent School Ranking
The King’s School, Worcester has been named in The Sunday Times Parent Power 2022 Schools Guide as one of the Top 10 independent secondary schools in the West Midlands.
3rd December 2021 — King’s is the only Worcestershire school to be named in the Top 10 and is ranked an inspiring 153rd in the national table out of 900 independent secondary schools.
The Parent Power 2022 report is the 29th edition of The Sunday Times guide to Britain’s highest-achieving primary and secondary schools in the state and independent sectors.
The school rankings are based on a three-year average of academic outcomes from 2017 to 2019 which have then been used to produce a series of tables to reflect pre-pandemic performance in what would be classed as “normal” times. Following the disruption to education since March 2020, this guide is a highly valuable and powerful tool for parents who want to choose the very best schools for their children.
Headmaster, Mr Gareth Doodes commented, “We are delighted to have been recognised in the Sunday Times Top 10 independent secondary schools in the West Midlands. It’s a great honour for King’s to be ranked as the leading school in Worcester and Worcestershire. This is a true testament to the sheer hard work and dedication of our pupils and staff.
The pupils have done incredibly well academically, but they have achieved so much in addition to this. They have embraced all the opportunities we have provided, and we are particularly proud of our music, drama, and sports successes. Under the shadow of our Cathedral in buildings spanning nearly 1000 years of history, pupils at King’s are shaped by our beautiful surroundings, our comprehensive co-curricular provision and inspirational teachers. I could not be prouder of our school.”
King’s Worcester Retains Modus Cup Challenge Title
King’s Worcester is celebrating today after a resounding 39-12 win in The Modus Cup Challenge, against local rivals RGS Worcester at Worcester Sixways Stadium last night.
18th November 2021 — King’s were determined to keep hold of the trophy after successfully securing it from RGS in 2019. Tries from Will Chater, Alex Terry, Jack Lyman, Will Wrout and George Hira saw King’s beat RGS 39-12.
King’s were clinical in attack and, despite RGS scoring the first try, King’s snatched the initiative with an early penalty, followed closely by their first try, taking and maintaining the lead from 15 minutes right up until the end.
Foundation Director of Sport and Master in charge of Rugby, Jonny Mason, declared himself as over the moon. “In what is a unique fixture, where there is a huge amount of pressure on the players, it was fantastic to see the King’s squad handle the pressure so well. RGS came out strong, but our fitness and form held and we played some great rugby, scoring several impressive tries. It was a complete performance from the team and they should be very proud of themselves.
Leading up to the game, the team played against some of the best rugby teams in the country and this helped prepare them both physically and mentally. They have had some tough fixtures this term, but have admirably seized every opportunity presented and risen to each challenge. This really put them in a strong position last night, where they dominated the game.”
This game was the final in a series of 12 games King’s have played against RGS Worcester over the past two weeks. From U12 teams all the way up to U18s, King’s achieved impressive wins in 10 matches resulting in an overall points score of 482 v 179 for RGS.
As usual, the event attracted a large crowd with over 3,400 spectators providing a vibrant and energising atmosphere at Sixways. Over 6,500 people joined the on-line live stream, provided by @Next Gen, whose commentators stated that, “this is possibly the biggest spectator schoolboy rugby event we have ever seen in this country.” The King’s team truly delivered an evening to remember.
The King’s campus has been buzzing this morning following the event and the team will take great pride in returning the trophy to the cabinet. Team Captain, Alex Terry, reflected on the match, “This game has been a long time coming and such a great experience for all involved. It’s been a fantastic yet challenging season so far and we’ve come a long way as a team and individually. I’m so proud the team have put their best onto the pitch at Sixways for such a huge and important local fixture.”
Headmaster Gareth Doodes was equally ecstatic with the result, commenting, “This evening has been one of truly exceptional rugby. The level of teamwork, skill and determination has impressed me beyond my expectations. The spirit of friendly rivalry displayed by both teams and their supporters was a huge pleasure to be a part of. We are looking forward very much to future sporting encounters between our two schools.”
If you were unable to make the match, you can watch the match back here. youtu.be/kM0E_mWigLI
1. Joe Clive, 2. Jack Lyman, 3. Ben Williams, 4. George Boyle, 5. Will Chater , 6. Laurie Checkley, 7. Sam Hawes, 8. Ben Withnall, 9. Alex Terry (C), 10. Josh Richardson (VC), 11. Seb Lucas, 12. George Tomlinson, 13. Luke Beever, 14. Ben Amos, 15. Charles Pillman.
16. Arthur Tunnicliffe, 17. Will Threadgold, 18. Will Wrout, 19. Bill Wales, 20. Ben Bartlett, 21. George Hira, 22. Elliot Fairyn, 23. Arry Ghoncheh, 24. Charlie Lewis.
King's Worcester students celebrate gold success at British Rowing Championship
King's Worcester students Alice, 17 and Georgie, 18 triumphed at the British Junior Rowing Championship after being crowned Under 18 British Champions.
4th August 2021 — The Worcester sixth form rowers who represented King’s Worcester competed at the National Watersports Centre, Nottingham against seven pairs from all around the country from major rowing clubs and leading rowing schools.
On the day the formidable pair rowed superbly through the heats and then onto the final, where they competed against leading crews from Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association and Marlow Rowing Club. After competing in what was one of the hottest days of the year, the girl's hard work and determination paid off and they secured the impressive gold position at the fiercely competitive event.
Georgie said, “It’s been a challenging year, with Covid it’s been really difficult putting in the necessary training. It was our last race together as a pair, as I’m heading off to university in September, but all the hard work and training was really worth it and finally paid off.”
Alice, who also won silver in the World Indoor Rowing Championship earlier this year added, “we couldn’t have done it without Will – our coach. This win is for the three of us. Will put in endless time to help us improve our form and was instrumental in getting us to this competition.”
Will Bird, the girls rowing coach from King’s Worcester, said “I’m so immensely proud of the girls. They controlled the race from start to finish. They not only had a strong start but continued to follow this through the race right to their strong finish at the end. This win is the product of hundreds of hours of training both on and off the water both as a squad, a pair and individually over the last years. They are incredibly talented and committed sportswomen who serve to aspire many younger rowers for years to come.”
The win was a bittersweet end to their duo, as due to Covid the girls were denied a place on the Great Britain Women’s team when Great Britain withdrew their participation in the World Rowing Junior Championship.
With arguably one of the best stretches of river for rowing in the country and the most impressive school boat houses, it’s not surprising that King’s Worcester has been a strong force in national rowing events for many years. As one of the major sports available to students from Year 9 upwards, rowing is enormously popular at the school. The King’s Worcester Boat Club is located on the River Severn and based at the award-winning Michael Baker Boathouse, providers uninterrupted stretch of water and enviable training facilities making it a perfect place to train. www.ksw.org.uk
Attached image: L to R -Georgie T, Will Bird (Coach) and Alice B - British U18 Rowing Champions.
King’s Worcester Announce Exciting Changes to their chorister offering
In a historic first, Worcester Cathedral, in conjunction with The King’s School, Worcester, have announced a significant change to the chorister programme that presents equal opportunities to boy and girl choristers.
23rd March 2021 — Worcester Cathedral, in conjunction with The King’s School, Worcester, have announced a significant change to the chorister programme that presents equal opportunities to boy and girl choristers.
In a historic first, the change will not only see boys and girls taking an equal share in choristership, but also see girls join from a younger age and, like the boys, have access to scholarships at King’s Worcester.
Worcester Cathedral has long been a place where choral singing of the highest standards has thrived.
Choristers have been educated exclusively at The King’s School since the Refoundation by Henry VIII in 1541, with each chorister receiving a choral scholarship towards their fees.
The girl choristers were established in 2006 and play an important part in cathedral worship, singing weekly at Evensong and contributing to other services throughout the year.
Today’s announcement seeks to build on the inclusion of girls by opening up the choristership opportunity to younger girls from September 2021.
This significant step presents an equal opportunity for boys and girls of all ages and backgrounds to have access to the outstanding music department and cathedral, alongside a first-class education at The King’s School.
To achieve this greater parity, the cathedral is expanding its scheme of scholarships for choristers, in partnership with King’s St Alban’s, in order to offer the same opportunities for boys and girls who wish to be a cathedral chorister.
Further to the inclusion of younger girls in the Cathedral Choir, other significant steps include changes to the Cathedral Voluntary Choir, which will become open to all boys and girls from the local area from September 2021.
Worcester Cathedral is also creating a brand new Youth Choir, the first of its kind at the cathedral which caters specifically for singers between school years 9 and 13, again open to youngsters from across the local area.
These two choirs provide exciting opportunities for children across the Midlands to experience and develop their passion for singing and music.
Worcester Cathedral’s Precentor, Canon Dr Michael Brierley said: "The choral arrangements at Worcester Cathedral work extremely well, with the one exception that we don’t offer girls the same opportunities for singing as we offer boys.
"These changes make good that exception, and open up three choirs to boys and girls on an entirely equal basis.
"I’m absolutely delighted about this, and greatly look forward to implementing the new format with colleagues at both the cathedral and local schools."
Richard Chapman, Head of King’s St Alban’s, commented: "We are delighted and welcome this exciting change in that choristership now reflects the equality that King’s St Alban’s is passionate about.
"I am thrilled that our Cathedral Choir is already open to both boys and girls and that from September, children of all ages will benefit from both world-class choral training and a first-rate education at our school.
He continued: "It’s a significant commitment to be a chorister and a wonderful opportunity.
"Choristers enjoy a stimulating and nurturing experience, develop a whole raft of skills, often go on to successful careers in many fields and develop a life-long passion for music."
King’s Worcester has expanded its curriculum and created a new role ahead of the next academic term in 2021. For the first time the King’s Worcester Sixth Form will offer A level Psychology for its pupils.
4th January 2021 — King’s Worcester has expanded its curriculum and created a new role ahead of the next academic term in 2021. For the first time the King’s Worcester Sixth Form will offer A level Psychology for its pupils.
The introduction of Psychology to the curriculum bolsters its commitment to providing a wide range of learning opportunities for students. The Sixth Form now provides more than 25 academic subjects including Economics, Business, Computing, PE and Politics.
Katie Beever, Deputy Head Academic at King’s Worcester, said: “The introduction of Psychology is an exciting development in our long-term plans for our Sixth Form. We are currently reviewing our curriculum and developing new and innovative teaching and learning strategies to enhance the learning experience and opportunities for all of our pupils.”
The school seeks to create an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity that will lead to a lifelong love of learning. Pupils across the foundation of schools, which encompasses two junior schools, King’s St Alban’s and King’s Hawford, and a senior school and sixth form, perform exceptionally well academically. In 2019, more than 40% of its Sixth Form results were graded at A* - A and close to 70% achieved A* - B.
The introduction of the new subject has also allowed the school to create a new role. King’s Worcester is now recruiting for a Head of Psychology to lead and develop the dynamic new department. The two-year course will cover a wide range of topics ranging from cognitive, psychopathology and mental illness. It will be available for students to study from September 2021.
Gareth Doodes, headmaster of King’s Worcester, said: “At King’s, we’re committed to blending tradition with a modern and successful approach to learning. Our history dates back to the 7th Century, but we have always implemented a forward-looking approach.
“I’m delighted to be introducing a new subject to our vast Sixth Form curriculum, as well as introducing a new member of staff to our diverse school community. We’re looking forward to working closely with the new Head of Psychology to harness the increased demand for cognitive subjects and provide even more opportunities for our students.”
For more information about King’s Worcester, please visit: www.ksw.org.uk