Lateral Art Competition

IMG_6061Congratulations to Ruaridh Lang, Y11 GCSE Art & Design, for winning the junior section of the Lateral Art Competition with his pencil study, “Drawing of a boy”.

Ruaridh’s drawing demonstrated an exceptional level of skill and conveyed a real sense of dialogue and emotion for the subject of the portrait. The theme for the competition was ‘Black and White’.

March Competition Results

KEVI Awarded IAG Gold

IAGWe are extremely proud to have been awarded the Inspiring IAG Gold Award, that recognises our commitment and practice in preparing our students for life beyond school. The award acknowledges the vision and ethos of the Learning Trust as a whole, with specific recognition of the work King Edward’s have developed over the past three years.

Paul Carvin, Chair of The Three Rivers Learning Trust said “The Gold Status Award is wonderful news for the school. It reflects the huge amount of effort and dedication that the staff at the school have put into ensuring that all students get outstanding information, advice and guidance about their future careers. The Three Rivers Learning Trust, of which King Edward’s is a part, places a very high regard on ensuring that students are really well prepared for life when they leave formal learning and venture into the world of work. It is important that the school works with a range of employers and other partners to give students the best possible support as they move into employment – this award show that we do just that. I would like to congratulate colleagues at King Edwards for the excellent work that they do. They should be really delighted with the Award”.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

18619684This week’s book recommendation is from Ms Spraggon who recommends ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’.

One of my favourite books is The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s a unique story of love across time, exploring the lengths to which two people will go to in order to be together.

Henry has a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel uncontrollably and his wife Clare has to cope with the unexplained disappearances.

Although the author wrote it as a metaphor for her failed relationships I believe it is still a hopeful book with a positive message.

Year 9 and 10 Netball success

The Y9 netball team recently won the Northumberland U14 Netball League. This win completes a fantastic season for the squad which saw more than 30 girls represent KEVI at netball. Congratulations girls! Netball practice resumes in September – existing and new players welcome.

The Y10 Netball team have won the U15 Northumberland Netball League, which means they have ‘done the double’ after winning the U15 Northumberland Netball Tournament earlier in the season. There has been great commitment and team spirit from the squad which is made up of 16 girls. Congratulations to you all!

Simon Love

SimonYear of leaving? 


Current Job

Private Client Tax Advisor

Favourite subject in school and why?

I loved Maths – I liked how each question is black and white, right or wrong, applying logic throughout. I know Maths isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but it certainly was mine!

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

I went on to study Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath. After graduating, I joined KPMG as a Private Client Tax Advisor, helping wealthy individuals to comply with their tax obligations. I started out working in London but I’m now based in Bristol. I also became a Chartered Accountant as part of my role.

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

I feel that my biggest achievement was coming out of university with a first class degree – I struggled with the work in my first couple of years as it was a big step up from A-levels in terms of difficulty and volume. The extra-curricular activities I participated in at school have helped a lot with a number of skills useful in many aspects of life, for example time management and leadership.

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

Stick at it and work hard throughout school. School is a complicated and busy time of life but good discipline and work ethic developed in your school years will follow you through to whatever you decide to do afterwards, whether that be further study or the world of work. That’s not to say you can’t have fun though!

What’s your next big goal?

Keep working hard at my job and progress up the career ladder.

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton

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Favourite subject in school and why?

English Language, I’m fascinated by the way we communicate, and how we can use language to influence people (very handy in my job).

Current Job

Policy Leader

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

I have organised several music festivals, spoken many times in parliament, featured in national newspapers and on the radio!

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

Writitng reports that have been quoted by MPs in the House of Commons.

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

Be nice to everyone you encounter in the workplace. Reception staff talk to everyone who walks into a business, and will any negative impression of you will soon find its way to your manager!

What’s your next big goal?

Writing education policy for a major political party.

Accelerated Reader Word Millionaires

Congratulations to 24 Year 9 students who have become word millionaires this term.

Students become word millionaires once they have read over a million words which is tracked through the Accelerated Reader programme. Some students have read as many as 4 million words since enlisting on the scheme in September.

Students all received an Easter Egg for their reading efforts and two lucky students received book vouchers in the prize draw.

A further congratulations goes to Ms Paterson’s form class 9G who won the form breakfast this term for receiving the highest average point score from TOPS quizzes.

We are really pleased with the efforts of all students who are taking part in Accelerated Reader and know there will be many more prize winners next term.


regenThis week Miss Roberts recommends ‘Regeneration’ by Pat Barker:
I came across it as a wider reading text when I was doing A-Level Literature, and return to it regularly over 10 years later.

Regeneration is the first book in a trilogy, depicting the often shocking reality of WWI – but a unusually for this genre through the eyes of those casualties who exist away from the battlefield. This is no Birdsong!

Throughout the novel, (based on some real events) we follow the poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, among others, at the Craiglockhart hospital during 1917. Not only does Barker poignantly explore the harrowing after effects of experiencing the Great War first hand, she offers insight into the lesser known impacts or events that happened. It’s really the psychologist W.H.R. Rivers who is the centre of the story, and through his experiences readers are swept along in an intriguing, and at times intense, period of exploration of the casualties of war, beyond just physical injury.

I love this book. It’s multi-layered, at times heartbreaking, but absolutely compelling!!