Year 8 into Year 9 Transition Information

Year 8 into Year 9 Transition information

At The King Edward VI School we pride ourselves on our relationships with parents/carers and students and based on their feedback we know that gaining as much information about our school and our ethos will enable a smooth transition.

We would therefore like to invite all parents/carers of our new Year 9 students for September 2019 to an Introductory Evening, to be held at The King Edward VI School on:

Monday 10 June 2019 – Newminster Middle School and our Out of Catchment Students.

Wednesday 12 June 2019 – Chantry & Dr Thomlinson Middle Schools.

Please arrive for 5.15pm (Uniform available to try on from 4.00pm.)

The purpose of the Introductory Evening is to give you:

  • a chance to meet some key members of staff from The King Edward VI School
  • an insight into aspects of our school e.g. curriculum, uniform and expectations
  • and students the opportunity to ask us any questions

We look forward to seeing you there.

In addition we will be running One to One Meetings

Thursday 20 June for current Chantry students at The King Edward VI School

Monday 24 June 2019 for current Newminster students and Out of Catchment students at The King Edward VI School

Thursday 27 June for current Dr Thomlinson students at Dr Thomlinson Middle School

We ask all parents/carers and their son/daughter to attend an individual meeting with a member of our pastoral team at The King Edward VI School. It is an opportunity to find out more about our school and have a discussion about your son/daughter’s future at The King Edward VI School. The meeting will last approximately 10 minutes and bookings for these appointments use the same system that you will be familiar with for parents evenings. Simply select your preferred time during either the morning, afternoon or evening; a member of staff will be allocated to you (this may not necessarily be the named person on the booking system). The booking system will open from Monday 3 June at 7.00pm and close on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Induction Days will be held on:

2 and 3 July – Newminster and out of catchment students

4 and 5 July – Chantry and Dr Thomlinson’s students

The Induction Days for your son/daughter will be on the above dates from 9.00am until 3.00pm. Students should go to the Lower School Hall, where each day will start and end. All students must be dressed in their current middle school uniform, bring their PE kit and have £3 in coins each day for lunch (alternatively, students are welcome to bring a packed lunch). Throughout both days students will attend sample lessons and have a tour of the school.

School Uniform

Parents and carers will have the opportunity to purchase the new school uniform at school, on the evenings of Monday 10 and Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Our uniform supplier, Emblematic, will set up a mobile shop in DS3 (adjacent to the Lower School Hall) from 4.00pm – 7.30pm to enable your son/daughter the option to try the uniform on before purchasing. You can also purchase uniform using the Emblematic website or by visiting their shop in Bedlington. (

Other Information

During the week commencing Monday 3 June, your son/daughter will receive a pack with three forms (one contact details, one medical and one GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), which need to be completed and returned at your attendance to the 1:1 meeting. If you are unable to attend the 1:1 evening, please forward completed copies to Student Support at the school address as soon as possible.  

Should you have any queries, or require hard copies of any information, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Support Area on 01670 515415 option 2.


Year 10 Careers Week 2019

What a week 2019 Careers Week has been! The majority of our students have been out on work experience. Students have secured some amazing placements and we have had some fantastic feedback about their efforts and endeavours – we couldn’t be more proud. Some students have even been told to maintain contact with their placement providers over possible apprenticeship opportunities in the future.

For our students that were in school all week we have had a varied programme of activities to support employability and develop skills applicable to the workplace.

The week in school started with students researching potential career options – a scary prospect when the world is literally your oyster, Students were looking at careers in areas such as The Stock Exchange, tattoo artist, pilot, teacher and a multitude of other roles and professions. We then challenged students to reflect on their own skills, values and attitude and create their own professional CV.

In order to make effective career decisions, students first of all need to understand themselves, not just their dreams and ambitions but their own strengths and areas for development and how to strategise. We were delighted to welcome one of our former students into school to work with our current students on a team building day. This was particularly enjoyable and we were delighted the weather held!

Throughout Year 10 students have met with six different businesses from a range of economic sectors from law to health to the motor trade. This programme is put together and supported by the Esh Group who then invited students to the Eagles Community Arena for a mock interview. This was a testing day with nerves getting the better of some, but all of the students that had their interview found it a positive experience. Some students made such an impression they received offers of work experience and mentoring! As staff, what we took away from the day was the genuine smiles from students as they returned from interview. Some undoubtedly from relief, but all smiling with pride in their performance and courage they demonstrated.

Thursday was a personal finance day and with the help of Barclays Life Skills resources, the famous Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis and a representative of the Chartered Institute of Insurers we introduced the students to budgeting, student finance and savings and investments

In order to make really effective decisions about their future young people really need to know themselves; their skills, dreams and ambitions. This is the motivator for the week – a little bit of progress each day will create successful young people. We’ve finished the week with a little bit of fun, decoding the powerful messages in Rocky IV about resilience, the mantra of being a wolf not a sheep from Training Day and the exploring positive role models in As Good As It Gets. This was all wrapped up by the excellent support of the Newcastle United Foundation, where students participated in a range of enterprise activities, .