King Edward’s Inspires 2017

Once again, thanks to the huge support we receive from many of our alumni, businesses, colleges, universities and training providers, our annual KEVI Inspires event was a phenomenal success – the best one yet! We have a variety of exhibition stands, as well as an in depth workshop/presentation programme.

The event attracted support from a wide range of organisations from across various sectors and a wide geographical area, from London to Dundee! We are immensely grateful of the support provided and are proud that our school can deliver such a unique and valuable event for our students and their parents.

This year, we were delighted to invite colleagues from Berwick Academy Sixth Form and The Church of England Academy. We have developed a range of careers provision with these schools, as part of our work and inclusion on the National Career Benchmarks Pilot programme. Feedback from Berwick in particular was outstanding, with their Head of Sixth Form saying that her students are ‘talking about possibilities and opportunities they never knew existed!’ This really captures the essence of the event and is what makes it special.

Next year King Edward’s Inspires will be held on 22 November 2018 and we have already had pledges of support from many of the organisations present this year, which is phenomenal. Further developments next year could be the inclusion of a sector specific panel discussion with industry experts… watch this space.

KEVI Inspires 2017

Thursday 16 November sees the return of our annual King Edward’s Inspires event. The event is designed to inform and inspire our young people and their parents/carers of the possibilities and prospects beyond the confines of school.

In its fourth year the event has gone from strength to strength with even more delegates in attendance. The event has attracted over 60 organisations from the worlds of Further and Higher Education, Apprenticeship and Training Providers as well as high-level employers. As ever, the event is well supported by our alumni, who were in the same position not too long ago.

King Edward’s Inspires is a mix of the traditional careers fair, with a supplementary programme of talks and workshops, designed to give that little bit more detail on a particular area. We are delighted that the North East Local Enterprise Partnership will be in attendance to give us the latest and most up to date information on the state of the region’s job market, and provide a glimpse of where exactly the jobs are in terms of sector. We are lucky enough, particularly for our Sixth Form students and parents/carers, to have Student Finance England at the event to give the full overview of the finance options for university and the application process. There are a whole host of organisation supporting the event, and we could not be more grateful to them for their time. A full overview of the event can be found via this link.   

From the work we have been involved in with the North East LEP and the Gatsby charitable foundation on the National Pilot for Good Career Guidance, we are thrilled our colleagues from Berwick Academy and the Northumberland Church of England Academy.

We hope the event will be a real success, for students and their parents. This is one step on their journey to becoming accomplished young adults, being ready for the workplace and the challenges that will bring. Parents/carers, we are sure, will be delighted at the huge range of opportunities available to their son/daughter and will relish the opportunity to become more informed.   

Folow events on the evening via twitter using #KEVIinspires

Ben Carvin

Year of leaving?


Current Job

Environmental Consultant

Favourite subject in school and why?

I loved Geography! I still do in fact. Both my parents were geography teachers so some may say I had no choice! I found learning about the planet and the processes that go on around us fascinating. It’s also continually evolving as a subject so felt really current. I bet some of the stuff I learnt when I was at school is old fashioned now and I haven’t been gone that long!

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

After leaving KEVI I went to study Environmental Science at the University of Leeds. After my first year, I went to South Africa to work on a research project for 2 weeks which really opened my eyes to the world of travel. I studied at McMaster University in Canada for a year before returning to Leeds for one final year. I was offered a graduate job whilst still finishing my degree so after a couple of months travel after graduation I joined Advisian as an Environmental Consultant. I use what I learnt at school and at university to assess potential risk in the ground. I recently travelled to India with work to volunteer with a charity called Pollinate Energy. In India, I helped Pollinate to deliver life changing sustainable products to the urban poor in Indian slum communities. I loved every single second of it. I still live in Leeds so the decision I made to come here after school was a good one!

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

Graduating from university with a first class degree surrounded by my family and friends is the best thing I had ever done. It was a product of all the effort I put in at university but also the years of effort I put into my GCSEs and A Levels at KEVI. Life at KEVI taught me that all experiences in life are important whether academic or outside of school. You learn a lot when you don’t think you necessarily are. All of the extra-curricular activities I took part in at KEVI helped me learn what I enjoyed and what I didn’t. These experiences helped me to build confidence and have the belief I could achieve anything I wanted.

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

Don’t be afraid if you don’t know exactly what you want to do. Be confident and try things out to see if you enjoy them. I originally applied to study Geography because I didn’t realise there were other subjects out there. Really research what courses are out there if you want to go to university. I still don’t really know where I’ll end up but I know I’ll enjoy the journey to wherever I do end up by being confident and taking every opportunity I get. Also, the world is awesome; go explore it!

What’s your next big goal?

Keep learning from people around me to stay happy and make a difference in the world somehow!