Making Workshop

The next Making Workshop session on Tuesday will be tackling Kumihimo Braiding to make a bracelet.

Enrichment Week/Careers Week June 2017

We are extremely passionate and proud about enriching the educational experience of all at King Edward’s to create truly accomplished students. As such our annual enrichment week has been, again, an overwhelming success. Year 9 students focus on personal development, while in Year 10 students adopt a careers and employability focus.

All Year 9 students participated in enrichment week, providing them with an opportunity to experience life beyond the classroom. The activities were designed to be challenging, promote resilience and develop employability skills, aiding their achievement of KEVI10.

Students participating in Mountain Biking and Watersports pushed their physical strength and mental determination to the limit during some challenging adventure days across the region. Looking tired and dishevelled at the end of the week they said they ‘would recommend the activity to any Year 9’.

Overcoming fear and experiencing masses of fun was the order of the week for students participating in ‘Extraordinary PE Experiences’ and an adventure to Ben Nevis. Overlooking the fantastic views of Fort William, the students trekked 4000ft showing resilience and determination every step of the way.

A fantastic residential opportunity in Dalguise, Scotland was seized by 64 students. Despite a very wet week, the laughter never stopped as the students built their confidence in an adrenaline fuelled environment.

Many other activities were on offer, from art masterclass to horse management, Formula 1 to childcare experience, a photography adventure to golf and much more.

The atmosphere across all activities was impressive with an eclectic skill base evidenced within each activity location. Well done to all staff and students involved.

During Careers week, Year 10 students have developed their knowledge and understanding of employability and how to be a productive, resourceful and responsible citizen. The Northumberland Youth Service and their associates from Kidscape and the Girls Friendly Society began the week; student developed enterprise with the Paperclip Challenge, discussed democracy as well as anti-bullying and equality. The students also developed their financial literacy and knowledge of insurance products, wealth management and apprenticeships in the financial sector fro sessions delivered by the Chartered Insurance Institute. Teamwork, leadership and problem solving were the focus midweek, with the Army delivering a whole day of workshops and sessions. We were also lucky enough, on General Election Day, to work with the Houses of Parliament outreach team. Students got to design their own political party and developed public speaking on the campaign trail. Unfrong, Jobcentre Plus and Northumbria University also supported the week as well as students discussing and exploring the attributes associated with entrepreneurship. An eventful and productive week was had by all in school.     .

The vast majority of students in Year 10, over 250 individuals, took up the opportunity of a work experience placement. Unanimously the students have indicated that this is one of the most valuable experiences they have had at King Edward’s so far! The have said what a great week it was being in the workplace, working alongside adults in a different environment. In addition, the employers who had provided the placements have commented on what great ambassadors for King Edward’s the students were, and that there work ethic and attitude was strong. This has been the first time we have provided work experience for our pre-GCSE students for a number of years, all indications so far is that it has been a resounding success and an opportunity that should be repeated.      

If you are a former student and wish to join our alumni, please join via or if you are a local business and would like to get involved in our Careers programme or offer a work placement please contact

National Citizen Service Champion School Status

We have been named a ‘champion school’ by the National Citizen Service (NCS) thanks to its commitment to the youth programme.

To achieve champion status, NCS asks that schools meet a number of key criteria in supporting the North East NCS team showcase the government-backed programme to young people aged 15—17. The status also reflects on the number of students from the school who grabbed the once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to go on the NCS programme in the summer of 2016.

The King Edward VI School has been instrumental in supporting NCS by meeting a range of criteria consisting of, but not exclusive to, allowing NCS to present to students at assemblies and other events; reinforcing key messages to encourage as many students as possible to take part; identifying any students they think would particularly benefit from participation and supporting them to take part; briefing staff about NCS and supporting and celebrating students who have completed the scheme.

Leanne Johnston, Assistant Headteacher said: “NCS is such a fantastic opportunity for all of our young people to participate in; it allows students to develop and demonstrate a comprehensive range of skills and abilities beyond their academic capability. NCS is really a programme for each and every student and we are proud of our links and associations with the organisation.”

Laura French, Recruitment Team Leader for NCS, said: “King Edward’s are always so welcoming and accommodating whenever we visit. It goes along way when the school supports our messaging to students and parents. We will continue this great relationship – ensuring that all young people who attend King Edward’s are given the chance to take part in summer 2017 and beyond – widening their horizons and strengthening communities through Social Action.”

“Places are now open for NCS this summer and I’d urge students to sign up and change their summer.”

The next NCS programme runs over the summer holidays, with 16 and 17 year olds eligible to take part. Government backing means places cost just £50 or less; young people in receipt of free school meals are eligible for a bursary.

The NCS summer experience includes a week of adventure at an outdoor centre in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales or Scottish borders where teens will meet new people and enjoy adventure, fun and freedom. Teens will then spend another week developing life skills like confidence, leadership and communication while staying in a uni-style environment.

They’ll then work with their NCS team to deliver their own community project – making a lasting impact on the local area. As well as helping to boost confidence and develop skills, NCS also helps to boost CVs and is recognised by UCAS, who encourage the scheme to be listed on personal statements.

To express an interest or to sign up, students or parents should call 0191 247 4020 or visit

Girl with a Pearl Earring

This week’s book recommendation is from Miss Rodger.

A work of historical fiction, ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ tells the story of Greet, a servant girl who goes to work in the household of the painter, Vermeer, and becomes the subject of his famous painting.

The simple yet beautifully crafted prose engages the reader in the day to day lives of the characters whilst subtly weaving the growing passion that Greet feels for her master. I read this book quickly and thought about it when I was not reading it – a good sign!