Prizegiving ceremony at Ely Cathedral honours King’s Senior students

King's Ely prize-giving celebrations

King's Ely prize-giving celebrations - Credit: Archant

King’s Ely Senior held its annual prizegiving event at Ely Cathedral.

The event centres on the students’ achievements and successes in academic subjects, as well as music, art, drama and sport.

There are also prizes for contribution to school life, improved student, international student, as well as prefect and scholar prizes.

This year, for the first time, the ‘Principal’s Prize’ was given to a student who ministered first aid to an Ely resident that had collapsed outside Tesco supermarket in February.

The guest speaker at the ceremony was former student Andrew Brear, who after leaving King’s Ely, graduated from Durham University and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

He went on to serve in the British Army for 12 years, before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and served across the world as a diplomat.

Mr Brear now works academically and commercially in security and strategy, while also developing wildlife conservation projects in Kenya, specifically with the Tsavo Conservation Group

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He said: “As an old Elean and the parent of two others, I viewed the invitation to speak at prize-giving with a mixture of pride and trepidation, knowing this was not an easy audience to please.

“The students of King’s School never fail to impress, with their good manners, confidence and maturity and today was no exception.

“A highlight was definitely the excellent speeches made by the head boy and girl - a difficult act to follow.”