A Level Results 2019

The King Edward VI School A Level students has achieved excellent results today. Over 30% of all entries (666 entries) were A*- A grades and 81% A*- C grades.  Students on average achieved a B grade and a number of students performed outstandingly, including 38 students who achieved all A-A* grades, 9 of which achieved all A*grades.

The school is delighted that almost three-quarters of students are now moving into higher education at a number of high performing universities including Oxbridge, many Russell Group and Ivy League institutions. 

Headteacher, Clare Savage commented: 

“These incredibly positive results represent all the hard work of our students throughout their time at King Edward’s. It is also an illustration of the dedication and commitment of the staff and parents who have supported the students to enable them to perform so highly. 

As they prepare to move on to further study or work, I would like to thank our students for the significant and positive contribution they have made to our school. They have excelled in so many fields and we have been so impressed by all of their achievements. We wish all of our students every success in their future endeavours.” 

Leanne Johnston, Head of Post 16 thanked the students for their efforts and congratulated them on their successes.

“The progress each and every student has made throughout Sixth Form is exceptional with many exceeding their target grades, which is fantastic.“

Rory and Luke

We celebrate each and every student’s individual successes and endeavours, and are genuinely delighted at the range of destinations and opportunities our students explore after Sixth Form. Our departing Head Boy, Luke Bailey, is taking up a place at Harvard University. Another student who is headed for the USA is Rory Leonard, who will take up a place on an athletics scholarship at the University of Arkansas.

Several students have secured outstanding apprenticeships such as PWC and Plan B with Gateshead College. Some of our students are taking gap years, with departing Head Girl working the ski season and others using the key skills they have developed and heading straight into employment. 

Debate Team Quiz Night

The Debate Society recently entered a team of eight students into the regional round of the European Youth Parliament. Given the high standard of the other debaters we were honoured to be chosen as the winners. As a result the team have qualified to proceed to the National Session of the European Youth Parliament in Liverpool this September. This is a four-day event that will bring together 150 participants from across the UK and Europe to engage with the theme:

‘Overcoming the Challenges of Political and Economic Globalization’.

The Debate Society are naturally extremely excited about this, though the costs to attend, as well as accommodation and travel, are prohibitive. Fortunately this gives them an excuse to run fun events such as quiz nights, raffles and bag packs, things which will all also help in furthering our team work along the way!

North East STEM Tournament

Students were brilliant, representing King Edward’s at the North East STEM tournament on Friday 22 March. Up against schools from across the area from Hexham to Middlesborough and Durham – in total 24 teams competed.

Students were given a set of materials and had to problem solve and think on their feet to respond to the project brief. Teams designed and built a working crane, capable of picking up and moving nuclear waste. 

Both of our teams, one year 9 and and year 12, worked fantastically well and it culminated in the Year 12’s winning the “advanced” category.

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference 
St James’ Park, Newcastle 21 March 2019

Every year many of our students choose to apply to ‘competitive universities’. The annual Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference is a great opportunity for our students to attend subject specific presentations, to find out the facts about applying to and studying at ‘Oxbridge’, and to meet admissions officers, lecturers and students. It’s a roadshow event allowing northeastern students to find out more…on their own doorstep.

Parallel is the Advisor’s Conference which is a very useful event for our staff to make sure that they are totally up to date with the latest information, to grill the admissions officers and lecturers, and to share ideas and best practice with colleagues across northern England.

Sixth Form Applications for September 2019 OPEN

Any student wishing to apply for entry into our Sixth Form should complete this online application form

Students should check the entry requirements in the Sixth Form at King Edward’s prospectus, these are found on page 15 and 16. The entry requirements are a guide, and our informed judgement on what level of attainment at GCSE will mean successful progress and attainment at A Level. Do not let the entry requirements deter you from an application; be aspirational and let the entry requirements be a motivator for your Summer exams. Every application, after results, will be judged on its own individual merit. All applicants will be considered and be invited to interview after results in August.

To create our timetable we organise subjects into pools, this is reflected in the application form. You should check that your chosen combination of subjects are possible within the timetable. Use the latest option pool document to check. Applicants are invited to choose three A Level/Level 3 subjects from the four option pools. These pools are provisional at present. If your combination of subjects does not work, make a note on the application form and we will investigate and try our best to meet the need. In the very small number of incidents where combinations of subjects cannot be accommodated, applicants will be invited for a meeting to discuss.

Bridging Week will take place during the week beginning 8 July, where students will try their chosen subjects for a week. This is an excellent week where students will get to know Sixth Form and our staff. We are aware that some students will be on the NCS Summer programme during this week. Please just keep the Sixth Form team informed once you have your offer of a place. 

Following GCSE results in August, all students should confirm their final subject choices using an online form which will be available on our website on results day.

Applicants from Other Schools

If you would like a personal discussion and a tour of the school, please contact us via our email, sixthformkevi@the3rivers.net

We will send out further information during the year, but we would expect you to attend Bridging Week and a presentation afternoon on Friday 5 July.

Check out our Sixth Form website http://sixthformkevi.the3rivers.net/ for more information and follow our social media channels to get a taste of Sixth Form life here at King Edward’s. 

Champion School Status!

National Citizen Service (NCS) has awarded ‘Champion’ status to The King Edward VI School (KEVI) thanks to its great commitment to working alongside NCS to build awareness of the NCS programme and having exceeded expectations in promoting the programme as well as recruiting students to take part.

The NCS programme supports young people’s transition to adulthood by developing their strength of character and life-skills which enables them to contribute to society with a greater sense of purpose, optimism and belonging.

Open to young people aged 16-17 the NCS programme takes place in school holidays and includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.

Leanne Johnston, Assistant Headteacher at The King Edward VI School in Morpeth says:

“We are of course delighted to receive the recognition of Champion School. However, what we see, through supporting NCS are our students in Sixth Form who have completed the programme more motivated, engaged and independent learners. The benefit the programme gives to students in terms of experience and crucial life or employability skills is superb. The quality of applications for Post 18 progression are superior for those students who have completed NCS.”

Hayley Phillipson, NCS Recruitment Coordinator for Northumberland says:

“We always receive a warm welcome from staff and students at KEVI so I am delighted to present an award to mark their NCS Champion status. Current year 11s can now sign up to the 2019 summer NCS programme – places fill up fast so I’d encourage them to take action before it’s too late.”

NCS is making a positive contribution towards developing our country’s future talent and is proven to increase confidence, communication and leadership abilities. University participation rates for those who take part in NCS was on average 12% higher than those who didn’t take part*.

Izzi Dorrian, Head of Education engagement at the NCS Trust comments:

“Through working closely with schools and colleges across the UK, we are able to ensure more young people have the opportunity to be aware of the amazing benefits which come with participating in the programme. This collaboration is helping us to ensure the programme is embedded in local communities and reminds us exactly how the programme is helping change the futures of thousands of young people each year.”

For any students in Year 11, you can sign up to participate in NCS next summer at NCSYES.co.uk or calling 0191 247 4020. A range of departure dates will be available for summer 2019. Use the code NCS35! To book a place for just £35.

First Edition

A team of students worked together to get their vision of a school newspaper up and running. The self-starting group have shown great determination and resilience to get together the content for their first edition, even meeting with a marketing and branding expert for advice.

The editorial team includes all year groups, but is led by one of our Year 12 students. Getting the first edition together has been a real accomplishment and we look forward to their second edition scheduled for release in February.

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