KENDAL’S Queen Katherine School headteacher Stephen Wilkinson reflected on a highly-successful academic and sporting year at the annual awards evening.

Mr Wilkinson said that one of the reasons the school was judged to be outstanding in four main OFSTED categories was linked to the breadth and balance of its curriculum and the commitment to inclusion and staff development.

He said one of the most notable events was the success of the co-location of Sandgate School into the grounds of QKS. The schools have had three major events over the past year — a sea kayaking expedition, taking part in The Kielder Challenge and a production of Les Miserables.

Other events that stood out for Mr Wilkinson included starting the year as a National Support School, being part of the South Lakes Federation Teaching School Alliance, winning the Mayor’s Kendal in Bloom prize for the community garden and two students gaining a place with the Youth Musical Theatre UK and a further two with the National Youth Theatre.

Mr Wilkinson described the school’s record GCSE results as ‘outstanding’, with 68 per cent of students gaining five A* to C grades. Ninety per cent got five or more GCSEs, with 27 per cent attaining grades A*/A.  Twenty students got nine A*/A grades.

Mr Wilkinson said that dance had really taken off and more than 250 students had participated in music, dance, drama and musical theatre classes during the Arts Festival Week.

Year 10 student Harry Brooks took to the stage at the Royal Opera House in London in a show featuring the next generation of dancers, singers and musicians.

On the sports field, 11 students qualified for the county’s cross country championships and the Year 9 netball team came joint first in the South Lakes tournament.

And EYE-BEES under 14 girls’ football team —almost all QKS students — won the South Lakes Girls League.

The academic awards were presented by Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron , while Great Britain’s Olympic water polo player Glen Robinson handed out the sports awards.


Year 7. Head of Year Award: Thomas Thorne. Contribution to school musical production: Edward Brownell. Awards: Robbie Allen; Martha Boggon; Ruth Brown; Owen Dixon; Khan Durnall; Faye Haigh; Bea Hayton; Cana Hicks; Flora Hill; Dan Jones; Eric Kimani; Lewis Kincart; Rosa Matarewicz; Aaron Nelson; Sam Parkinson; Seren Parkman; Lizzie Pickering; Jemma Powell; Anna Senior; Jayne Siddell; Robbie Swift; Sophie Walton; Connie Wilson; George Wilson; Steven Wilson.
Year 8. Head of Year Award: Amber Heap. Awards: Ryan Baron; Bethan Benson; Tyler Bowness; Poppy Brooks; Ursula Brown; Catherine Chant; Myar Curran; Charlotte Dawson; Billy Fallows; Ged Foran Cowan; Laura Gibson; Neave Gilpin; Emily Haggin; Matthew Henderson; Jamie Hunt; Laurence Hurley; Caleb McLellan; Jensen McLeman; Heidi Murray; Mirabelle Ostle; Bella Reid; Alice Slattery; Fabian Stanley; Greg Taylor; Emily Topping; Edward Welsh.
Year 9. (The Outhwaite Award) for progress in Lower School Mathematics: Katie Dixon. Contribution to Sport – Junior Girl: Mary O’Reilly. Junior Boy: Stephen Baines. QKSA Sports Achievement – Junior Girl: Sarah Earl. Junior Boy: Matthew Senior. KS3 Performing Arts: Megan Funning. Head of Year Award: Emily Humble. Awards: Dominique Alexander; Jasmyn Boden; Lizzie Briggs; Finlay Capps; Isabelle Carradus; Abby Counsell; Adele Dawson; Katie Dixon; Luke Durnall; George Fearnyough; Ruth Hannaford; Euan Harries; Sam Highley; Adam Hughes; Daisy Newman; Savannah Nicholson; Moirea-Elli Olivotou; Tirion Parkman; Felix Roper; Katy Lambert-Slosarska; Heidi Westmorland; Thomas Wharton; Michael Wicksteed; Peter Wilson; Joseph Wiseman.
Year 10. Head of Year Award: Harry Brooks. Contribution to school drama: Elliot Baxter. Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards: Robert Atkinson; Ella Brown; Holly Byrne; Adam Hartley; Peter Marshall; Charlotte Milligan; Rob Naylor; Tom Norton; Jennifer O’Reilly; Luke Powell; Mike Rhodes; Ailsa Richardson; Jo Simpson; Elspeth Smith; Tabitha Topping; Charlotte White. Awards: Beth Bell; Ferghas Clavey; Mark Curran; Sophie Dean; Rory Douglas; Sarah Dowker; Kirstie Hewart; Ben Ingham; Anthony Jamieson; Chloe Johnson; Joel Kelly; Rob Naylor; Poppy Nixon; Tom Norton; Ilias Olivotos; Luke Powell; Edward Prince; Chanto Silva; Callum Simpson; Amy Simpson; Jo Simpson; Julie Strickland; Brad Tamblin; Tabitha Topping; Jasmine Wallace.
Year 11. (Dwyer Cup) for Mathematics: Caitlin Law. Contribution to Sport – Senior Boy: Bradley Thompson. Senior Girl: Kelly Greenbank. QKSA Sports Achievement – Senior Boy: Jack Blakeney-Edwards. Senior Girl: Jess Hodsman. Faye’s Sewing Box Textile Award: Janine Stafford. (Liz James Award) for Outstanding Progress in English: Adam Cheer. KS4 Performing Arts: Curtis Medley. The Chris Freeman ICT Award: Zach Wharton. (The Emmott Ward) for Progress and Commitment to Work in Year 11: Charlotte Knowles. (The Dr Reynolds Award) for Progress and Commitment to Work in Year 11: Ryan Haigh. (Yorkshire Bank Award) for Year 11 Academic Achievement: Tom Simpson. Head of Year Award: Kate Fearnyough. Headteacher’s Award: Charlie Maguire. Duke of Edinburgh Awards – Bronze: Kayley Barnes; Keziah Baskerville-Muscutt; Daniel Brown; Rachel Camp; Laura Day; Lucy Downham; Kate Fearnyough; Tom Gilson-Park; Kelly Greenbank; Eleanor Hooson; Isobel Laidler; Charlie Maguire; Jennifer Mangan; Lindsey McLean; Sam Moffatt; Lorraine Morgan; Eleanor Rawsthorne; Jenna Roberts; Tom Simpson; Abbie Waine; Liz Watton; Nick Watton; Joseph Webb; Katie Woods; Natasha Yeung. Silver – Kayley Barnes; Keziah Baskerville-Muscutt; Daniel Brown; Laura Day; Kate Fearnyough; Kelly Greenbank; Eleanor Hooson; Isobel Laidler; Jennifer Mangan; Lindsey McLean; Abbie Waine; Nick Watton; Liz Watton; Katie Woods. Awards: Keziah Baskerville-Muscutt; Rowan Boardley; Daniel Brown; Zoe Butler; Jamie Capstick; Lotte Cowan; Ben Crompton; Melissa Davis; Laura Day; Ben Dodds; Laurie Hill; Ben Hughes; Isobel Laidler; Caitlin Law; Harri-Jake Ollis; Scott Pentz; Benedict Pye; Jenna Roberts; Sam Roper; Tom Simpson; Lauren Swift; Nick Watton; Liz Watton; Rebecca Wilkinson.
Year 12. AS Level Subject Awards. Art: Rowan Driscoll. Biology: Ella Swindley. Business Studies: Andrew Turner. Chemistry: Bethanie Murray. Computing: Ben Grenville-Evans. Design and Technology: Jessie Aughton. Economics: Jack Johnson. English Language and Literature: Asher Amor-Train. English Language: Hannah Seymour. English Literature: Grace Capps. French: Isabel Stanley. Geography: Macauley Bond. German: Andrew Brennand. History: Lawrence Lee. Mathematics: Alice McLoughlin. Music: Heather Storer. Physics: Mari Cole. Physical Education: Joe Fallows. Psychology: Jo Young. Religious Studies: Johanna McGrath. Sociology: Lucy Gray. Theatre Studies: Danielle Oliver. Young Enterprise: Louisa Marshall. Sylvia Cockett Contribution to Strings Cup: Heather Storer. The Queen Katherine School Award for Science: Ella Swindley. Duke of Edinburgh Award – Bronze: Ben Mallinson; Jack Wilson. Silver: Mattie Barber; Zoe Barrett; Mari Cole; Johanna McGrath; Ben Powell; Natasha Schorer; Matthew Smith; Peter Thompson; Izaak Tyson-Hirst; Sam Wilson; Eleanor Wood.
Year 13. A Level Subject Awards. Art: Jessica Montgomery. Biology: Alice Wood. Business Studies: Will Herbert. Chemistry: Ewan Tennant. Computing: Jake Apsey. Design and Technology: Eve Dixon. Economics: Steph Smith. English Language: Bryoni Holland. English Literature: Tobias Atkinson. French: Molly Greasley. Geography: Abbey Hunt. German: Joshua Horsman. History: Rachael Wild. Mathematics: Harry Porter. Music: Tim Neate. Physics: Frances Butcher. Physical Education: Joe Clare. Psychology: Sarah Knowles. Religious Studies: Helena Vowles-Shorrock. Sociology: Freddie Brock. Theatre Studies: Rosie Addison. Full Attendance for 7 years: Frances Butcher. (Business and Professional Women’s Award) for Service to the Community: Ellie Moore. Contribution to School Art: Izzy Harris. (Soroptomists Award) for Service to the Community: Charlotte Harrison. (Kay Larsson Award) for Contribution to Music: Joe Mills. (The Manduell Award) for Music: James Nicholson. (The Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon Award) for Technology: Luke Waine. (The Gerrard Award) for Economics: Jack Warner. (The NatWest Bank Award) for Business: Laura Roskell-Brady. (The Queen Katherine School Award) for Techology: Peter Bell. The Richard Robinson History Award: Tilly Adcock. Governors Award for Academic Progress in the 6th Form: Harry Porter. Town Mayor’s Academic Achievement Award: Jack Warner. The Town Council Award for 6th Form Humanities: Alex Maine. (HSBC Award) for Music: Jazz Lees. (The Hayton Trophy) for Contribution to Music: Emma Haddon. (Barclays Bank Award) for Languages: Gemma Burns. (SLDC Chairman’s Cup) for German: Ellie Voke. (Stuart Green Award) for Craftsmanship: Aidan Mellonie. Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards: Lewis Alderson; Peter Butcher; Richard Corrie; George Milligan; Joe Mills; Chris Soulby. Senior Students: Frances Butcher; Lauren Bowness; Alice Wood; Elizabeth Farrell.