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

Go Raise free funds for us whenever you shop online

GoRaise-logoWe’ve partnered with Go Raise – a brilliant and effortless way to raise money for our school.

Simply shop as usual with all your favourite retailers and, as a thank you, they will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to us at no extra cost to you!

So whenever you buy anything online – from the weekly grocery shop to renewing insurance or booking a holiday – you could help us raise £1000s in additional free funding this year.

Simply sign up to support us before you shop.

How it works:

  • Sign up to support us at
  • Click through to shop with your favourite retailers – there are over 3,000 to choose from including M&S, John Lewis, Expedia, Boots, Sports Direct, Argos and more.
  • When you make a purchase, a donation is generated and Go Raise will pass this on to us.

WISDOM at Newcastle University

The School of Mathematics and Statistics at Newcastle University are hosting their annual “WISDOM: Women In Science Doing Outstanding Maths” on 20th June 2017 from 4:30-7:30pm. This event is aimed at engaging Year 9/10 girls in maths to see the doors that can be opened by studying maths at A-Level and beyond.

The event will include two talks:

Statistics and epidemiology: How numbers help control diseases” Prof Christl Donnelly FMEDSCI FRS (RSS Guy Lecturer)

Hunting Planets: Using Maths to find Other Worlds” Dr Tamara Rogers.

There also will be the opportunity for participants to meet a range of women from different jobs that all involve some maths. Refreshments will also be provided. Students who attended last year are encouraged to attend again as the talks will be different and there will be some different women scientists to talk to.

Further information and the online sign-up form can be found at

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Free School Meals

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

To see if you qualify please complete an application either online or through a written application. Further details can be found on the bottom of this link.

A Lesson in Employer Engagement

School-21-500x500Representatives from three North East schools and colleges visited School 21 in London to find out about the school’s innovative approach to employer engagement. The visit built on the progress the schools and colleges have already achieved as part of the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks, which are being piloted in the North East and which aim to transform careers guidance in schools.

School 21 is known for having developed strong links with local employers, with each of its students completing practical work placements, during which they work on a solution to a real workplace project.

Leanne Johnston, Assistant Headteacher, was one of the attendees.

She said: “The team at School 21 really are inspirational and I had heard from them at various events, so as soon as the opportunity to visit came around, I wanted to go.

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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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