News snippets

Arabella Suttie (KES 19-21) 
is now playing for Birmingham City Ladies Football Team. At just 18 she has signed a one-season deal following a successful trial under new Blues boss Scott Booth.

Will Barker (KES 13-20) completed a Gap Year Commission with the REME regiment. He was commissioned at Sandhurst last November and has been based for the last year at Leuchers in Scotland, although he travelled to several overseas destinations whilst on training operations. Will is moving on to university this year to study engineering.

Joe Weatherley (KES 08-15) received his county cap from Hampshire earlier this month and won white-ball batter of the year in the end of season awards. He scored 410 runs with a strike rate of more than 141.

Phil Joslin (KES 58-65) has just completed his 4th marathon at the age of 74. Phil started running aged 55 and between 2010 and 2021 has run the Edinburgh, South Downs, Milton Keynes and London marathons.

Katie Mote (KES 12-17) studied Primary Education at Durham University graduating in 2020. She has recently started her first teaching job at a school in Totton in the Reception class.

Josh Blunsden (KES 07-14) studied chemistry at Oxford University, where he completed a Master’s thesis on the mechanism by which birds use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate. He then moved to Imperial College London, where he studied for an MRes in quantum physics and where he is currently doing a PhD, working on a quantum simulator made of ultra-cold molecules.

Katya Sheath (KES 10-17) has been shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards! Katya completed her degree in illustration at Leeds University last year. We wish her the best of luck in the competition.

Ananth Sathyanath (KES 10-17) appeared on this season’s run of BBC1’s University Challenge representing King’s College London where he is currently studying medicine. The team progressed through the first rounds and will soon appear again in round 2.

Simon Williamson (KES 90-94) ran his 100th marathon in 8 years in September raising over £12,000 in aid of Parkinson’s UK. This is a charity close to Simon’s heart as his mother has suffered from the disease for many years. Over 300 people ran at the Awbridge Runfest to support Simon in his goal, including Simon’s son, who is a current Year 8 KES pupil.

Andrew Earnshaw (KES 70-72) is trying to track down John Wallis (KES 65-72). If anyone knows of his whereabouts or has his contact details, please contact the Development Office.

Beth Rose (KES 07-14) completed a sponsored cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats earlier this year - a distance of approximately 1100 miles. She cycled alone, carrying her tent and everything else she needed. Beth was sponsored by Sustrans as she was using the Sustrans National and Regional Cycle Network as much as possible, whilst raising money for the charity at the same time.

J M Thompson (KES 82-87) is a clinical psychologist. His book ‘Running is a kind of dreaming’ is published in the UK this month by HarperCollins.

Julian Sutton (KES 78-85) participated in his 4th London Marathon in October which was officially a record breaker for the most users (37,966) to run a remote marathon in 24 hours.