BBC Bitesize Schools Tour

Tuesday 19 March saw much more excitement and anticipation for assembly than usual! As the students began to filter in, the notices the hall undergoing a transformation!

BBC Bitesize, as part of BBC Learning has long been established as a reliable and comprehensive digital and print revision resource. Over the years they have expanded that provision to include useful media clips to support teaching and now have began to proliferate the careers arena, with well researched and produced career-related learning content. 

As part of BBC Learning’s focus on Careers, they have introduced the 10-week Schools Tour that brings into the spotlight digital, media and creative careers. This is something out students yearn for, with one telling me “Miss I want to be an artist, but I can tell you have to get onto an engineering course!”

Living up to their brand the BBC Bitesize Schools Tour was slick, excellent production value. However, it was much more than a good-looking assembly. The content was engaging, it was delivered from industry professionals, it was sound advice for those interested in creative careers.

Year 9 and Year 10 students got an awful lot from the experience… and not just the free BBC branded highlighter!

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference 
St James’ Park, Newcastle 21 March 2019

Every year many of our students choose to apply to ‘competitive universities’. The annual Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference is a great opportunity for our students to attend subject specific presentations, to find out the facts about applying to and studying at ‘Oxbridge’, and to meet admissions officers, lecturers and students. It’s a roadshow event allowing northeastern students to find out more…on their own doorstep.

Parallel is the Advisor’s Conference which is a very useful event for our staff to make sure that they are totally up to date with the latest information, to grill the admissions officers and lecturers, and to share ideas and best practice with colleagues across northern England.

National Careers Week 2019

The week beginning 4 March saw the annual event that is a celebration of successful Careers Education and once again, King Edward’s participated with the addition of numerous activities to the already extensive careers programme.

Like in previous years, National Careers Week coincided with National Apprenticeship Week, where there is an increasing awareness of the multiple progression opportunities available to young people. Our #NCW programme was extensive and all year groups from across school and sixth form had the opportunity to learn from a broad and varied range of professionals in their field.

Following National Careers/Apprenticeship Week we also relaunched our KEVI Careers website, rebranded as Your Future. This has a whole host of information for students and parents about the full range of progression routes and opportunities. It is accessible from the Quick Links section of the site.

Our commitment and endeavour in the field of Careers Education does not stop after National Careers Week. We have more guest presenters booked in for year groups, the BBC are coming into talk about digital and media careers, Year 12 will attend the Oxbridge conference, The Brilliant Club continues… all of this is in the next few weeks!

Indoor Rowing Success


Ellen Fenwick and Rebecca Bradley won silver medals at the British Rowing Northern Regional Finals at Durham University on Tuesday 19th March!

Well done to both girls.

Sister Act Rehearsals

The bi-annual musical was in final dress rehearsal over the last weekend. All cast, musicians, technical and support crew were in over Saturday and Sunday making sure everything is perfect for opening night on Thursday.

The production of Sister Act follows on the success of High School Musical back in 2017. It is fantastic to see some returning cast members but lost of new faces.

Massive congratulations to the musicians who are playing in the band – a three-volume score to rehearse with some piece 200 bars long! It is excellent experience for those with their sights set on careers as professional musicians.

The Technical Production crew do an outstanding job with all of the lighting and sound, many of the Sixth Form use these experiences to support applications to Media and Production courses at University. It is great hands on experience, all supported by our Alumni and volunteer Jonathan.

Without volunteers like Jonathan and the committed staff from Music and Drama these productions couldn’t go ahead. The talent and professionalism from the students has been remarkable over the weekend… bring on 2021 and the next one!

The show begins it’s three-night run on Thursday 21 March, tickets are available from the Finance Office. 



European Youth Parliament Regional Champions!

Many congratulations to our team from KEVI Debate who competed against five North East Schools in the regional forum of the European Youth Parliament. They researched and debated a number of extremely challenging topics such as repatriation of colonial era artefacts, combating anti-antisemitism and the greenhouse gas emissions of global warming. All of our participants were praised by judges for their enthusiasm and sensitivity. They are now through to the National Finals in September.

Very well done to Aidan Campbell, Jessica Hawkins, Hannah Freeman, Sam Yates, John McLean, Jack Simm,  Niall Murtagh and Megan Bell.

KEVI Student’s Cross Country Achievement

Year 13 student Rory came 2nd in the British Under 20 Cross Country Championships as a first year in the age group. He has now qualified for the World Cross Country Championships in Denmark, taking place on Saturday the 30th March! The event will be broadcast on the BBC. Well done!

National Cup Northern Final Y9 & Y10 Girls

Morpeth Under 15s victorious in the Area 6 of the National Cup Northern final.

The girls travelled to Billingham to face Old Brodleans from South Yorkshire the team have reached this.stage following victories against Alnwick, northumberland Baabaas, Tynedale, Ryton and Darlington Mowden Park. The girls got off to a subdued start and allowed Old Broads to take an early lead following a quick break from their winger.

Morpeth took to their game plan and started to deliver the quick ball for powerful runners to make yards. The half time score was 21-5 following 3 tries from Amy Carr, Liv Taylor and Amber Lawless all converted by Amber.

The second half started in the same way as the first with an early try with Amy Carr tearing up the Blind side to race over in the corner. Morpeth then spent the next 10 minutes defending bravely with big tackles from Hannah Bishop, Charlotte.Young, Emma Gerrard amongst others.

Another try followed as Morpeth forwards started to take control, in the final stages Amy Carr completed her hat trick and Lottie Glover Stewart crashed over after a quick penalty.

Throughout the game all the players and subs fronted up and tackled, ran and supported brilliantly.

Final score 45-5 meaning that Morpeth under 15s Girls are in the top 6 teams in the country and travel to the National Semi Finals day in Derby in Early April.

KEVI girls involved: Lottie Glover Stewart, Amy Carr, Hannah Bishop, Chloe Kennedy, Mia Smith (Captain) Marley Swinhoe, Niamh Hope, Charlotte Young, Holly Mchugh, Alice Heaton, Olivia Taylor, Emma Gerrard, Ruby Gerrard, Abbey Rutherford, Fay Smith, Grace Howson, Gina Goodfella, Emily Stafford.

Debating Success- the best in the North East!

Many congratulations to Nicole Souter and Aidan Campbell from KEVI Debate for their fantastic performance in the regional finals of the English Speaking Union Mace Competition. Progressing through a series of knockout rounds since October, Nicole and Aidan have successfully beaten all other North East schools including some extremely impressive competition from The Royal Grammar School (RGS), Dame Allan’s and Whitley Bay High School. They narrowly missed out on a place in the National Finals, being pipped to the post by the very deserving St Aidan’s Church of England High School in Harrogate. We are incredibly proud of their hard work and debating prowess – well done!