Guest of honour at this year’s annual school prize-giving ceremony was KLB old scholar Simon Hacker. Completing his A levels in the early1980’s, Simon went on to enjoy a distinguished career in journalism, recently returning to the local news scene to breathe new life into print-based media by creating the monthly publication The Wotton Times. In his address to students, Simon challenged the assumption that the future of journalism lay exclusively in digital publishing and argued that there would always be a demand for newspapers in their traditional physical form.
In addition to awards for endeavour and contribution to school life, prize-giving celebrates the highest academic attainment by KLB students over the past year, with a total of 86 prizes being awarded. Chloe Harmsworth, for example, was a worthy winner of the Durand Prize for Community Service. As well as managing her A level studies, Chloe had a regular voluntary placement at a local care home and was a driving force behind the school’s peer-mentoring programme, Talking in Confidence. One to watch for the future is Ellis Brewer, winner of the Stan Sims Award for Key Stage 3 Mathematics, a pupil described by his teacher as an exceptionally able student of the subject. One of the evening’s most prestigious awards is the Cooper Prize for Outstanding Performance at GCSE, with this year’s winner being Amelia Reeves. Amelia achieved a total of 10 GCSE grade 9 or A* passes this summer. The Bury Prize for Performance at A level was this year shared between two students, Rory Farwell and Rhiannon Holt, both of whom achieved three grade A* passes and one grade A pass at A level.