Trust Expansion Consultation

Over the course of the last year the Board of The Three Rivers Learning Trust and the Governing Bodies of schools within the Morpeth Education Partnership have been exploring the most beneficial way forward for schools that have expressed an interest in joining the Learning Trust.

Please click here to see the letter to parents/carers.

You can also find a Frequently Asked Questions document here.

Consultation begins today, Monday 9 October until Monday 13 November at 4pm.

GCSE & A Level Results Collection Information

Results Day Procedures – Post 16

Thursday 17 August 2017

  • A2 results can be collected from the Advanced Study Centre from 8.00am onwards. Please do not come before this time as results will not be available any earlier.
  • AS results can be collected from the Advanced Study Centre from 10.00am onwards.  Please do not come before this time as results will not be available any earlier.
  • Important – all AS students intending to return to complete A2 courses, must complete this online confirmation form, AVAILABLE HERE. This will be available until 4pm on Monday 28 August. This is to confirm which subject you wish to drop. You must login to you Google account before completing this form.
  • If your results are a concern, we will contact you to arrange a progression meeting with a member of the sixth form team.
  • Re-marks – any student wishing to have a paper re-marked, will need to complete a re-mark form, which is available from Mrs Allison in the Exam Office.   
  • Staff will be available on results’ day and the following day to discuss options.
  • A2 students must remember to bring their UCAS personal identification number and be prepared to make telephone calls to universities, if they need to go through the clearing option.

Results Day Procedures – GCSE

Thursday 24 August 2017

  • Year 11 results can be collected from 10.00am onwards. Please do not come before this time as results will not be available any earlier.
  • All students wishing to attend the sixth form must complete an online confirmation form on the school website: to confirm their subject choices and enrol.  The online form will be available from Thursday 24 August until 4pm on Monday 28 August 2017.  Students will be asked to either confirm or request to change their subject choices.  
  • Students who request a change of subject choice will require an interview.  These interviews will take place on Tuesday 5 September or Wednesday 6 September. Acceptance onto alternative courses will not be confirmed at this interview, no guarantees can be made to any changes requested and will be subject to availability.
  • Students who do not attain the grades/points score required for entry onto their chosen courses will be issued with an appointment slip indicating a time on Thursday 24 August to meet a senior member of staff to discuss other course options.  (Please refer to the Post 16 prospectus for entry requirements). These students must then complete the online confirmation and request a change of subject.
  • Students who do not attain the grades required for entry into the sixth form (Please refer to the Post 16 prospectus for entry requirements) will be issued with an appointment slip indicating a time on Thursday 24 August to meet a senior member of staff to discuss other pathways.  Representatives from Newcastle College and Northumberland College will also be available in the Student Support Area between 10am and 12pm on Friday 25 August 2017 to offer further advice and guidance.

Year 13 Celebration Evening

The Senior Students; Layla, Tom, Jena and Christie hosted the annual Celebration Evening on Thursday.

The evening is a well-established tradition in Sixth Form that the evening is run by the Senior Students for their peers. Of course the evening couldn’t have happened without the unfailing support of the ever-present Miss O’Neill, Susan and Fiona. They have guided the Senior Students through the whole process to ensure an enjoyable and successful evening had by all.

The Year 13 Celebration Evening is an evening of reflection, a coming together of the Sixth Form community to take pride in the achievements and accomplishments of one another and of Sixth Form itself. Of course, as the evening was hosted by the students, there was the odd humorous comment thrown in for good measure!

The tradition of prize giving within King Edward’s in a long one, many of the trophies that are awarded have a long and esteemed history. Some of the awards have been donated by former students and staff, who are proud of their association with the school and want that legacy to continue. Other awards are proudly supported by The Foundation Governors, The Edwardians and Pirimal. Other awards given out on the evening are subject prizes. Each subject in Sixth Form select three nominees for attainment and three nominees for progress, with the overall winner announced out of the three.

Overall, the evening was a huge success and there was an enormous sense of pride in the room. The evening really lived up to its name and was a real celebration on the endeavours of the year group.

Another successful KEVI poet

Congratulations are in order for Evie Ashcroft, 10W, who has recently won the Rotary Club’s annual creative writing competition.

The competition – which was against other schools in the region – was based on the theme “a different perspective.” Three age categories were available to compete and Evie won in the ‘intermediate’ category.

Evie’s poem “I Hate Uniform” was deemed “outstanding” by the judges. Miss Camsell, school facilitator of the Creative Writing club regards it as a “bold and clever piece, filled with rich symbolism and allusions to wider societal issues.”

Well done to all students who took part in the competition; these students receive a certificate for their original work.

Mental Health Awareness Week

14 May 2018 is significant, not only because it marks the start of the exam season for our Year 11, 12 and 13 students, it is also the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week. This year, the focus or theme is Stress. In this article, our Head Girl, Claudia reflects on a recent session that Sixth Form were invited to as part of the Enrichment and Personal Development Programme.

Sixth Form had our second Stress Management session with a GP and Educational psychologist, and it was genuinely fascinating to see how similar many of us are in what we stress about, why we stress and how we cope.

Firstly we tried to come up with definitions for Stress and for Challenge, and compared the two, and whether or not they are linked. We concluded that they weren’t, because challenge is something we can overcome, and we know can be delayed to an extent, whereas stress can’t be.

Following from this we linked our coping mechanisms for stress, and it was interesting to observe the similarities and differences in how we all dealt with stress, and what we could learn from others and apply to ourselves. After we’d shared our ways to cope with stress, they were broadly categorised, into Emotion-focused coping, commonly involving distractions: running, sleeping, baking, reading and gaming. Problem-focused coping, which involved writing our problems down, making to do lists and breaking up our stress and potential solutions into smaller, more manageable chunks, this I would definitely recommend. There was also Relation-focused coping, speaking about problems with friends, going out and socialising. We were recommended the 3 minute meditations which can be found online, and lots of stress coping apps like Fast Calm, Smiling Mind and Head Space.

After realising how similar our problems and stresses were, the groups linked together feelings, behaviour, stress and actions, which was a great way to analyse the chain of thoughts behind stress, and realising that more action needs to be taken when feeling stressed, even if it’s something small like going for a walk or writing down a rant, just get the feelings off your chest to remove the burden, and try to make much more manageable and realistic aims for yourself, and know that exam results aren’t the be all and end all, put your mental health first.

Contributor: Claudia, Head Girl

If you have any concerns or want to talk, you should seek help by asking a GP or the school counselling service for advice. You could also book an appointment with Beth, our Sixth Form Chaplain.

The King Edward VI School have also produced a booklet for parents: Mental Health and Well Being in Teenagers – a Parent Guide. This can be accessed via this link.

Other Support::

Talking Matters accept self referrals if you feel as though you need some external support or therapy. You can contact them via 0300 30 30 700 or


Team Kenya Uniform Donations

When we changed our uniforms at the start of the year, we decided to donate old items to the charity Team Kenya.

Our uniforms were sent to a school in Ndhiwa, in the west of the country.

Colleagues from Longbenton High School had the opportunity to visit the area and observed a number of students wearing our uniforms.

Thank you to all of the students and parents who donated.

ISF World Cross Country Championships

Sixth Form student Rory Leonard receently completed in a ISF Cross Country Championships. Here he tells us of his expeirence.
“From the 2 – 7 April I went to Paris to attend the ISF world cross country championships. I had been selected to race for England u19 cross country squad, based on my general form this season including winning the British championships.
The race contained 37 countries in teams of six with countries including Morocco and Algeria. Individually I finished 9th and was the third England counter home, however I was the first 2001 born finisher in the race as it was in an u19 category. I was also third European. England as a team took a silver medal losing out to Algeria by only 2 points.
It was my first international experience and was a great learning curve. I am currently being considered for the European youth track championships in Hungary for 1500m or 3000m. I am happy that my cross country form is being converted into good track season shape”.