William Turner and new Science Garden

science Earlier this year two new science labs were built at KEVI and they look out onto the large mulberry tree that was donated as a cutting to George Chapman 30 years ago when he was researching Turner’s time at Syon House. George nurtured this cutting until it was established as a young tree and is now over 30ft tall.

The area around the tree is being developed into a Science Garden and the mulberry will be used as the introduction to Turner and his work. The idea is to grow some “Turner” plants and use them to lead into the medicinal uses of plants. Yew and periwinkle will be used to illustrate modern pharmacological uses of plants.

science2There was a long discussion about what to call the new labs and surrounding garden area and the name eventually agreed upon was the Mulberry Science Centre; a name that intrigued the students because they had no idea that the big tree was a mulberry.

The story, along with copies of Marie Addyman’s booklet about Turner created great interest so we asked artist David Hall for permission to use parts of his Turner artwork in the labs in order to provide an accessible reminder of the great man. He agreed, and we expect some of his superb drawings to adorn the walls of the new labs soon.


Work on the new garden is proceeding at a pace. The builders of the new labs, Brims, built a pond and a series of raised beds that are being use to demonstrate how plants are adapted to different environments. In the autumn, compost bins and decomposition experiments will be started and hopefully we will plant a small meadow area.

John Muir Award Success

John Muir Award July 2015Well done to Year 10 students Sarah Hipkin, Charlotte Mathewson and Kirsty Famelton, who have been awarded an Explorers Level John Muir Award, and to Jenny Laws, who has been awarded a Discovery Level John Muir Award.

All students have successfully participated in a Naturalists course with Northumberland National Park.

Students have enjoyed numerous sessions including ancient tree surveying, moth trapping, wildflower surveying, habitat creation and management, mammals, river life, birds, trees, woodlands and hedgerows and mini-beasts, with Northumberland National Park Ranger Shaun Hackett.

Lessons from Auschwitz 2015

The Holocaust Educational Trust and The King Edward VI High School are delighted to offer the opportunity for two Sixth Form students to participate in the upcoming  Lessons from Auschwitz Project – an innovative four-part course which gives students the opportunity to visit the Nazi death and concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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There are only 2 places available. These shall be offered to Year 13 History students studying the Holocaust for their Personal Studies or those wishing to apply to study History at University.

In order to secure a place write a one-page essay on the Importance of Remembering the Holocaust to be submitted to Ms Sharples (B2) by Wednesday 16th September.

We also ask that participants contribute £25 towards the cost of the trip (the rest is financed by the school and the HET).

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Sports Day 2015

A massive well done to all students who took part in sports day on Wednesday 8 July.

Despite the disappointing weather the commitment and attitude of all the participants was excellent.

We had a very successful day with Field Events taking place in the morning and Track Events in the afternoon.

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Visit from Lord Terry Burns

IMG_9393On Thursday 9 July, staff and students were delighted to welcome Lord Terry Burns, who until earlier this year was Chairman of Santander UK, to speak to Year 12 students and offer them some advice about how to plan for and enjoy a successful career in whatever they choose to do.

Lord Burns, who spent more than 12 years leading one of the UK’s biggest banks, has also served as Chairman of Marks and Spencer, the National Lottery Commission and The Royal Academy of Music, and remains the Chairman of Channel Four Television.

For much of his career, however, he served as one of the leading civil servants at the heart of Whitehall, advising no less than six Chancellors of the Exchequer as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury, Head of the Government Economic Service, and Permanent Secretary to the Treasury.

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Cricket Success

Congratulations to the Year 9 cricket team who finished 3rd in the 8-a-side Chance to Shine ECB Regional cricket competition at York CC on Thursday 9 July.

The boys defeated Durham Johnson and St Michaels, Chorley, suffering narrow defeats against Altringham Grammar and Malton School.


WW1 Centenary Afternoon Tea Party

A WW1 Centenary Afternoon Tea Party took place in the elegant ballroom of Morpeth Town Hall on Sunday 12 July, in aid of SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).
The event featured KEVI students past and present, providing entertainment, as well as catering by former student Robbie Morgan, of RJM Catering, who provided an authentic WW1 menu.

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National Trampolining Success

Chris Bell at the NDP National Trampolining Championships

Chris Bell, Year 11, won a silver medal in the finals of the National individual NDP trampolining championships held in Telford on Saturday 11th July.

Chris has been trampolining for the past 5 years and has competed locally and nationally. He has represented KEVI twice in the national finals of the Schools trampoline competition (in the under 19 age group category), finishing in fifth and third, and achieved a gold medal in his category when competing for the North East region in the National Regional team finals in Peterborough in May. A fantastic feat for Chris, well done!



Summer Concert: Tomorrow

King Edward VI School Summer Concert

Saturday 11th July 2015

7.30 pm Lower School Hall

Great Music for a Summer Evening

Performed by Students & Friends of King Edward VI School


  • Ceilidh Band – Chamber Choir – Choir
  • Jazz Band – Orchestra – Steel Pan Band
  • Talented Soloists

Programme Includes

  • Film Music from ‘Titanic’ and ‘Gladiator’
  • Mozart’s Laudate Dominum
  • Hawaii Five-O Theme
  • Happiest Man Alive
  • I Got Rhythm
  • Cups

Tickets £5

Available on the Door or from the General Office Tel: 01670 515415

English Schools Athletics Team

Four students from The King Edward VI School, Morpeth will be representing Northumberland at the English Schools Athletics Event on 10th/11th July, 2015.

Year 9 students Joe Dowd, Bobbie Griffiths, Ruaridh Lang and Jessica Young train three times a week and show a lot of commitment and dedication.

We wish them every success!

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