Congratulations to Kane Knight, one of our former pupils, who won the Ogden Trust Physics Award for the best Year 11 student (2014) Stratford upon Avon School.
He was presented with the award by the Head of Physics at Warwick University.This means that he may also be eligible for a scholarship if he decides to pursue Physics.
Whilst at Wilmcote, Kane did incredibly well at Maths. He achieved an A* in Maths at Stratford upon Avon School (with the highest mark in the school), an A in FSMQ Further Maths and an A* with distinction in IGCSE Further Maths. He also achieved a further 4 A*, 2 A's and 4 B's in his GCSE's
He has stayed on at Stratford upon Avon School to study 4 A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics
Kane's mother, Samantha Knight, says "It is a credit to the school that every year that I go to the prize giving ceremony at Stratford, Wilmcote is outstanding. It is a tiny school compared to the rest of Stratford yet former pupils of Wilmcote out represent other schools."
I am now 21 years old and study at Birmingham Conservatoire, a special university just for music. I've always loved music and starting learning in Wilmcote Primary School! I begin with playing the piano outside school time, but in Wilmcote we were offered the chance to play a musical instrument in year three. So I decided to learn the violin when I was 7. My teacher was the coolest man I had ever met, Mr Hughes! I can still remember his dog finger puppet, I hope he still uses him. I started the ABRSM grades and when I achieved grade 4, Mr Hughes gave me the idea to try playing the viola.
The viola is similar to a violin, but is slightly bigger and has lower sounding strings. I fell in love with it! So as I got to high school, I started playing my viola more and more, and I continued doing grades all through high school and sixth form. As well as playing other instruments such as the piano, violin and oboe, I knew for some time that I wanted to be a professional musician. The viola is quite a rare instrument and the more I played in groups and orchestras, the more I wanted to play it for my job.
At the end of sixth form in 2012, I achieved grade 8 and decided I wanted to go to music university. Before auditioning in March 2014, I spent two years out of school so I could get work experience before I went to music college. I helped in Warwickshire county music service in string orchestras as well as other jobs. The most interesting job I started during my gap years was to teach children the violin and piano myself, and I love it!
In March 2014 I auditioned for two music colleges- one in London and the other Birmingham Conservatoire. To my surprise, they both said yes! It was the happiest day of my life. I chose Birmingham, and am currently studying there now. I am so glad I started playing music in Wilmcote Primary School because that gave me the idea of becoming a musician that I am today!
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