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We are extremely happy to report another very successful exchange between ourselves and The Morpeth School from Tower Hamlets in London.

The first exchange took place two years ago when a group of twelve students and 2 staff came up to visit, after they contacted us with regards to an exchange due to the name of their school.

It seems highly probable that The Morpeth School was named after Viscount/Lord Morpeth because of his work in the East End of London in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.

A group of twelve students and 2 staff arrived into Alnmouth Railway Station on Wednesday afternoon for a three day exchange visit. Their base was Tomlinson’s Bunkhouse in Rothbury, which looked after their every need.

The students and staff were collected by Amanda Gilholm, Home School Liaison, and taken to Alnmouth beach for a paddle in the sea.

Thursday morning was a visit to the Morpeth Town Hall to meet the Mayor and Deputy Mayor and be given historical information from them about the links to the two schools. Sheila Clark was also present and was very informative about the history of Lord Morpeth.

Then it was off to Dr Tomlinson’s Middle School Rothbury for lunch and a Forest School Lesson taken by Middle School staff, in which the students immersed themselves. Friday morning was spent in school, where the student buddied up with KEVI students and sampled a lesson. After lunch at KEVI, it was off to Alnwick to see the Castle and visit The Garden, which the students found enjoyable. Friday evening they attended our Summer Concert which they loved. Saturday morning was a drive to Seahouses and a trip to the Farnes Islands, unfortunately in the rain, but seals, lots of varieties of birds and to top it all dolphins made the weather more tolerable. After a hot chocolate to warm them up, it was back on the minibus to Alnmouth Railway Station where they caught the 15.00 train back to Kings Cross.

The students and staff were amazed at our School, our County and our very different lifestyle to theirs. We look forward to a return visit to Tower Hamlet next year.


Year 11 Prom

On Friday 26 May, Mrs Stephen and her year team had the pleasure of accompanying students to their end of Year 11 celebrations at St James Park, Newcastle.

The event was a huge success with over 260 students getting the opportunity to let their hair down in midst of a hectic exam period.

Many thanks to all staff who gave up their time to support the event.


Year 9 Reading Success

Congratulations are in order to Year 9 students who have achieved excellent results with Accelerated Reader this year.

Michael Plank, 9W and Robson Alexander, 9T won a Kindle each for making excellent progress through the programme over the course of Year 9. Both students consistently achieved top results on many TOPS comprehension quizzes, read lots of books and also advanced their reading ages by 8 years collectively.

Meanwhile, Hannah Eke, 9W won the big book voucher prize for reading the most in the year group. Throughout year 9 she has become a word millionaire 5 times over!

The best tutor group went to 9W for a second time this year who, as a class, had the best average points scores for the TOPS tests. The form group will enjoy a delicious free breakfast with their form tutor, Mr Reynalds, which will also be significant as it is sadly his last day on Friday.

Well done to all year 9 students for taking part in Accelerated Reader this year. We look forward to more success stories with our new year 9 cohort from September.

Sports Day 2017

A massive well done to all students who took part in sports day on Tuesday 11 July. Unfortunately the recent wet weather meant that we couldn’t accommodate spectators in the afternoon but the commitment and attitude of all the participants was excellent. We had a very successful day with all field events and a few track events taking place in the morning and the rest of the track events in the afternoon.

We had several records broken:

Year 10 Holly Peck 1500m 5.00
Year 10 Lily Heaton 300m 45.43
Year 10 Lily Heaton 800m 2.33

Best Boy/Best Girls Awards

Junior Boys Champion

Best Year 10 Boy Nat Boyden 45 Points
Angus Stout 44 Points
Dylan Sweet 42 Points

Junior Girls Champion

Best Year 10 Girl – Piper Clarke 42 Points
Ciara Horgan 41 Points
Lily Heaton 41 Points

Intermediate Boys Champion

Best Year 11 Boy – Owen Priest 77 Points

E McDonald 53 Points

Mark Booth 50 Points

Intermediate Girls Champion

Best Year 11 Girl – Katy Halliford 63 Points

Lauren Hodgson 58 Points

Monet Wendt 48 Points

Individual Champions

Sprint Champion Alex Donaghy (Year 11) 200M 23.65 sec

Distance Champion Holly Peck (Year 10) 1500m 5.00

Jump Champion Alex Donaghy (Year 11) Long Jump 5.70 m

Throws Champion Eleanor Saunders (year 10) Shot 9.10m

House Results

Year 10 House Results:

  1. Collingwood
  2. De Merlay
  3. Turner
  4. Hollon

Year 11 House:

  1. De Merlay
  2. Collingwood
  3. Hollon
  4. Turner

Check out the action from Sports Day 2017

New Senior Students focusing on mental health & wellbeing

On 10 July, the newly elected Senior Students (Layla Shafiq, Tom Earl, Christie Cowen and Jena Pandya) hosted an afternoon of team building activities with the a mix of school councillors from various year groups.

As part of the event, we invited the school council to collectively create a logo for “KEVI Good Mental Health” to help raises awareness of mental health issues in young people and to recognise how important it is to seek help and support, especially in the school environment.

The Senior Students have chosen to highlight this theme for the coming academic year after listening to requests from students across all year groups, who asked to raise the profile of mental health and strategies for managing stressful situations,etc. Over the year we will concentrate on creating accessible and effective ways of challenging the stigma of mental health issues and to encourage students’ well being in school.

Working alongside the Peer Mentors (currently ran by Ms Wilson-Head) and the KEVI School Counsellors, the Senior Students hope to start raising awareness about where and who to go to for support in time to help all our new students. We hope to have a wide range of options for everyone, so that if they ever feel they are experiencing a difficult time, they know are aware of places and people that offer support.

Our team building afternoon finished with a round of applause for the organisers and a variety of treats and snacks. With the help of everyone, we hope to see our KEVI Good Mental Health theme encourage an open, welcoming environment for all, truly essential for good mental well being.

Bridging Week Resources July 17

During the week of 10 July to 14 July, our new Year 12 students will take part in a Bridging Week.

This week allows students to follow a week of new A Level subjects and also get to meet their new tutor group and classes.

Some prospective new Year 12 students have been unable to attend this week and so we will be sharing the resources used during the week to all students so that they can catch up on work missed. This will ensure a strong start in September.

Work will be uploaded during the week and students can access resources from this link.



Fire Safety

In light of the recent Grenfell Tower incident the Learning Trust has carried out a review of both fire safety in its broadest terms as well as narrower concerns on cladding and tower block evacuations.

All of the Learning Trust school buildings have a fire risk assessment in place and all have been reviewed within the last six months, including a discussion with a fire officer. Regular checks of fire safety equipment are undertaken and fire evacuation procedures are practiced termly. Any recommended actions from these systems have been minor improvements and have been implemented quickly.

The fire escape procedures for our tower blocks are approved by the fire officer and regularly tested. The blocks are all evacuated in a few minutes.

The cladding on each building has been reviewed and it meets the highest class of fire safety rating. In addition no tower block is higher than four storeys or 18 metres and they are not residential which fire regulations class as a much lower risk situation than Grenfell Tower.

This review has been supported by fire safety professionals, building specialists and the Local Authority Health and Safety Team. The results have been provided to the Department for Education who are satisfied that each school has a low fire risk