THE FIRST girls to attend KES are celebrating successful A-Level results.
Two years ago some 30 girls were welcomed into the Sixth Form – the first female students in the school’s 460 year history.
Trailblazers Sabrina Evans and Maddy Strauss – who prior to sixth form attended Shottery Girl’s Grammar – both achieved the grades they needed for university.
Sabrina will be travelling to America to begin her education at Yale University – with three A* in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and an A in German – to study maths and computer science.
Maddy will be making the slightly shorter journey to Nottingham to study History after being awarded three A’s in History, Psychology and Philosophy & Ethics.
Both girls agree their two years at KES were better than they hoped for academically and socially.
Sabrina told The Observer: “It was really exciting to come from an all-girl’s school. Everyone was really friendly and the teaching style was so different. I decided to make the move because of the subject opportunities – the scheduling meant I could study all the subjects I wanted to without them conflicting.”
She hopes her move across the pond will provide her with greater opportunities after her studies to start her own technology business.
Maddy said: “I think that anywhere you are and where ever you go you just need to experience everything. I know I made the right decision to be part of the first girls to attend KES and the guys have been great about it all.”
Even though the 35 girls that sat their A-Levels at the Bard’s school integrated with their male peers very well, the addition of females into a previously all-male school did not come without the odd hiccup – temporary girl’s changing rooms were set up and then eventually changed back to boy’s changing rooms, which one poor girl forgot and came face to face with a very embarrassed male student in a towel. She did not make that mistake again.
The girls played their part in helping the school achieve record A Level results.
Headmaster Bennet Carr said: “These results are testament to the hard work of the students and staff and I am delighted that our leavers have been able to obtain places at the best universities both in Britain and in the United States.”