Year 8 Transition – Post 1

Hello Year 8

Welcome to our virtual transition. Each Wednesday we will upload a new post on the front page of the website.

Each post will contain:

  • video answers to some of the questions you have been sharing with us
  • a video to help you get to know the school site
  • some information about subjects
  • some information about key staff
  • additional useful information about the school

Video Answers

This week Mrs Stephen (your Year Leader) is answering the following questions:

  1. Will there be a transition day?
  2. Can we specify which students we will be with?
  3. What if we get lost?

Y8 Transition questions. Click for video

Video Tour

This week is a video overview of the school. All of the video footage, including drone footage was taken by three KEVI students. The music was created and recorded by KEVI music students.

Y8 Transition Video 1 click to view

Subject Information

Each week we will provide a brief overview of a few subjects. This week Art, Computing and Design Technology.


You can get creative and learn exciting new art skills in your Art lessons! In Art you will be taught in tutor groups once a week and have the opportunity to experiment, take risks and build confidence with your Art skills. In Year 9 you will improve and practise your knowledge, skills and understanding in a wide variety of Art, Craft and Design techniques and processes. You will also gain knowledge of artists and designers.


Computing is taught over 2 lessons a fortnight with students completing 5 projects over the course of Year 9.  Projects include Back to the Future, where we look at a number of prominent figures from the world of Computing.  Digital World, where we look at the technology and terminology of the connected world along with practical activities and skills development to keep you safe and thinking smart.  We also build on your experience of the Python programming language and get you thinking about the processes and programming to help you solve problems with your Python skills.  We also look at the use of databases to both store and manipulate data.

Design Technology

In Design and Technology, students follow five separate modules, each of approximately six weeks in duration. All classes are of mixed ability. Assessments are centred upon how students design, make and evaluate as well as the knowledge they acquire during project work.

Design and make tasks encourage students to develop a creative approach to problem solving. A range of materials, processes, software and resources are utilised so that individuals are able to gain an understanding of their properties, application and potential.

Students undertake research and investigation of existing products, design movements, designers and potential target markets.

A key element of the Year 9 course is to enhance student awareness of the world around them and seek ways in which to use resources in a responsible and sustainable fashion.

The Modules currently taught are as follows :

  • 3D Product Design
  • CAD Design project
  • Drawing and Modelling for design
  • Textiles
  • Food and Nutrition

Key Staff

Mrs Stephen

Mrs Stephen

I have been a teacher at KEVI for the last 16 years and am about to start my 17th year here. During this time I have always taught, and continue to teach drama, but my real passion is pastoral care. I have worked in the year offices for a long time, and have been a year leader for the last seven years.
I am married with boy/girl twins, who go Abbeyfields First School (part of the Three Rivers Learning Trust), a dog called Dizzy and three guinea pigs: Cabbage, Apple and Blackberry.
I studied broadcast journalism in Leeds before working for BBC Radio. I then trained to be a teacher. I love singing and sing in a jazz band and a 15 piece ragtime orchestra too.
I hope you all really enjoy your time at KEVI, and please remember my moto – “we are a family – so treat each other well, first time every time.”

Mrs Clark

Mrs ClarkI will be your Assistant year Leader. I studied Business with French in Sunderland, and I have been teaching for 18 years. Before becoming a teacher in the UK, I taught English in Milan, Italy and lived in a convent while I was there!

I am married and have two daughters, who both go to Newminster and most of my time is taken up with driving them to and from dance classes. When I have spare time, I enjoy reading crime novels / thrillers – any recommendations gladly taken!


School Uniform

Why do we have a uniform?

Uni-form means one form. In other words everyone is the same and equal. This provides fairness for all.

Having a uniform also helps to set the high standards that we expect in school. It shows everyone that we agree to the ethos and expectations set by the school.  Having everyone buy into those high standards is part of what makes the school so successful and is hopefully one of the many reasons you chose to come to King Edwards.

Furthermore, it means that parents are not put under pressure to buy the latest fashion trends each year and therefore reduces some students potentially standing out as they can’t afford or don’t want to keep up with the latest fashion trends.

The school uniform is available from Emblematic. Please use this supplier for:

  • blazer
  • skirt
  • trousers
  • tie
  • main PE kit

Click here to go to our uniform page.

Student artwork during lockdown

Over the coming weeks we plan on regularly showcasing a range of projects and activities undertaken by our students whilst they are at home staying safe. As well as our online learning, many students are doing fantastic things to challenge themselves and support their families and communities. We start with some artwork – here we have a drawing by Katie Young, Year 9 which she feels is a symbolic representation of our current social distancing measures, an oil portrait painting of Beyonce by Year 13 student Alfie Wilson and an intricate card sculpture of Sydney Opera House by Kate Richmond in Year 9. Well done to all, and more examples to follow.


E-Safety for Parents and Students

During this time it is likely that you will be spending much more time online.

Keep yourself safe. Do not give out any personal information to anyone online. This includes teachers, staff, other students and people you meet online. This includes personal telephone numbers, personal email accounts, address, etc. 

Check privacy settings of any apps that you use. Take care with anyone who contacts you who you do not know if real life.

For school work and communications with staff

Always use Trust provided systems. These include Gmail, GDrive, Google Classroom, Google Docs.

Only communicate via school provided tools. Do not use personal email – use school email only.

If you are sharing a computing device at home, when you have finished working, always fully log out of school IT systems. Simply closing a web browser may not do that. 

Please consider carefully how you communicate online.

  • Be polite
  • Re-read any communication before posting and consider how it might come across
  • Include useful information in the email subject box – teachers may be receiving lots of emails and knowing what the email is about will help. 
  • Think about how you organise and name files so that you can find them easily. When you share files with teachers, make sure your name is included in the filename. Remember they may receive hundreds of files over the coming weeks. 

Further support

If you have any technical difficulties with school systems, please email

If you have any e-safety concerns, the following organisations can help.

Prevent from Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police has asked us to share some key information about their Prevent strategy.

A useful PDF document with support can be found here.

As you may be aware our children and young people are sadly vulnerable to being drawn into concerning activity of various descriptions through their online activity. The forced hiatus bringing the premature closure of our schools due to Covid-19 will create opportunities for those people around the world who would seek to prey upon the vulnerable.

The simple message is a reminder for parents to carefully monitor their child’s online activity always, but even more so at this anxious period. The flyer below highlights useful links in supporting young people from the threat of terrorism, radicalisation (and other forms of grooming).

Prevent flyer from Northumbria police

Support for Students Working at Home

Teachers will be setting work and sharing it with students via Google Classroom, email, or other online tools such as MathsWatch and Seneca.

If you require any IT support, please email ictservices@the3rivers  and our technicians will get back to you as soon as they can. Please be aware that response times my be longer than normal.

However, there is a lot students can do themselves. Using the GCSE Curriculum Overview documents will show you all of the topics for each GCSE subject. They also contain links to lots of additional resources.

For many subjects students can also be directed to use GCSE Pod which is an external revision tool that the school subscribes to. Details of how to access GCSEPod can be found in this link.

Alternatively students could access Senecalearning which is a free online learning tool. Students will have to register to use this website and must be aware of the exam board and specification in order to make best use of the site.

Students are also able to access online resources via the following websites

MathswatchTheir username is their first initial and surname, all lower case, for example (jgraham@kevis) and the password is equation.

Kerboodle ( Science and MFL) – student login is the year they started at King Edwards in addition to their initial and surname all lower case, for example (19jgraham). Student password is the same as their log in unless they have changed it. Institution code is as7

Bitesize – Can be used for Y9-11 curriculum content.


Year 10 – access all of the Build my Skills resources on your Google Classroom and complete the employability programme.


Y12 and Y13 students

Students in Year 12 and Y13 are able to access subject resources via KEVI Google sites, Google Classroom and Google Drive. 

Students completing EPQ should keep on track with their research, Google Scholar is great for doing this. Remember to keep candidate logs up to date and you can start drafting your essay. Email your supervisor for clarification. 

Additional resources can be accessed via Senecalearning Students will need to be aware of what their exam board is 

This time can be used to broaden students’ curriculum experience and the addition of a MOOC or MOOCs in a related or complementary subject or topic area would be excellent. These free courses can be accessed via Future Learn  

You might be starting tho think about the future and different courses/careers. You could access Unifrog to begin your research and complete your profile. You might want to start thinking about personal statements. 

Lots of Universities and organisations provide additional experiences, this will allow you to develop as an individual and also your breadth of skills and interests. In the current time some of the programmes may not be running, but it will be a good starting point to research. Although not an exhaustive list some to consider are:


Med Link

Newcastle Hospitals Open Event






Head Start

Nuffield Science





Local Institutions

NU Entry

Newcastle Uni Bitesize

Newcastle Uni Partners

Durham Supported Progression


Widening Participation & Masterclasses














Social Mobility Foundation



UNIQ – Oxford

Sutton Trust

Villiers Park

Eton College Summer School


Extension Materials


Eton College

Key Links

GCSE Curriculum Overview Documents












The King Edward VI School Open Evening (Year 9)

We invite all prospective Year 9 parents and students to our annual Open Evening on Thursday 10 October from 4.30pm to 7.00pm.

There will be a short presentation in the lower school hall at 5.00pm and 6.00pm as well as opportunities to meet with staff and students throughout the evening.

Car parking will be at the rear of the school – please turn left as you enter the school gates.

We look forward to seeing you all there. The Sixth Form will be proud to welcome prospective Year 12 students at the Post 16 Open Evening on Thursday 27 February 2020.



Bridging Week 2018 Resources

The week commencing 9 July 2018 sees the return of our hugely popular and successful Bridging Week. As a Sixth Form and School community we are delighted to welcome our applicants for 2018 to sample life with Sixth Form at King Edward’s.

Students are invited to sample a range of A Level and Level 3 subjects and meet their Form Tutor and the Sixth Form team. Students will follow a full timetable and immerse themselves in our inclusive community, embracing all we have to offer in terms of academic rigour, support and enrichment.

This year we are delighted to partner with Live-n-Learn to bring an exclusive opportunity to our prospective students to help them fully prepare and appreciate the Transition from GCSE studies to Advanced Level. This will also give students a flavour of the quality and breadth of our Enrichment and Personal Development Programme.

We appreciate that some students are unable to attend the Bridging Week, but also that subject choices at A Level can be complex and difficult and often decision on subject choices are not fully certain until results. this is absolutely fine and normal! We will endeavor to meet subject change request, this will be done during induction on 4 and 5 September. To assist with decision making and to support students unable to attend Bridging Week lesson resources, produced by our expert A Level teachers can be found via the Google Folder linked below:

Bridging Week Lesson Resources Folder


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Sixth Form team on 01670 501520 or