‘Exceptional start’ to new term at Bury St Edmunds secondary school

Sam Chapman, Year 11 student at King Edward VI School, has been ranked by the English Speaking Union as a top 20 UK debater ANL-150918-094029001
Sam Chapman, Year 11 student at King Edward VI School, has been ranked by the English Speaking Union as a top 20 UK debater ANL-150918-094029001

A Bury St Edmunds secondary school has had ‘an exceptional start’ to the new term with success in music, chess and debating.

A flurry of creativity and achievement has swept through King Edward VI School, in Grove Road, with musician Joseph Bailey, 16, winning a place at the prestigious Britten Sinfonia Academy.

Joseph Bailey, 16, has earned himself a place in the Britten Sinfonia Academy ANL-150918-094017001

Joseph Bailey, 16, has earned himself a place in the Britten Sinfonia Academy ANL-150918-094017001

The talented violin player is part of the upper strings section of King Edward’s chamber and symphony orchestras.

Head Geoff Barton said: “We are hugely proud of what Joseph has achieved, and look forward to discovering what lies ahead for this hard-working AS music student, who is as modest as he is talented.”

Meanwhile, 80 students flocked to the first Debating Society session after school.

Debating a motion to replace the House of Lords with an elected second chamber, the session was led by Year 11 student Sam Chapman who was recently ranked by the English Speaking Union as a top 20 UK debater.

King Edward VI School chess team - Fraser Fallows, Jake Jarvis, Adam Laker and Patrick Gembis ANL-150918-094005001

King Edward VI School chess team - Fraser Fallows, Jake Jarvis, Adam Laker and Patrick Gembis ANL-150918-094005001

More than 30 students are taking over the school’s Learning Centre each lunchtime for heated chess tournaments.

The school’s ‘A-team’ has been given a boost after winning the West Suffolk Chess Championship.

Mr Barton added: “The new term has started exceptionally well, in this final year before we convert to a full 11-18 school as part of the final phase of Suffolk’s School Organisation Review.

“We are delighted to continue to combine academic success with extra-curricular richness.”