Our School

Headteacher: Ms Clare Savage

Chair of Board of Directors: Mr Paul Carvin

We are a high school situated in the town of Morpeth in Northumberland. We serve both the town itself and the areas of Coquet and Wansbeck Valleys. We provide for over 1400 students from years 9-13 and have a thriving Sixth Form of around 450 students.

We are one of the top ranking schools in the North East of England for academic achievement. We pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive and truly comprehensive school built on traditional principles and high standards.

In May 2014 Ofsted judged the school to be outstanding in all categories.

At The King Edward VI School every student really does matter, and our excellent range of curricular, extra-curricular and student voice opportunities ensure all our young people can flourish.

In December 2011 we formed The Three Rivers Learning Trust Ltd, with Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools, later joined by Dr Thomlinson Middle School and Abbeyfields, Thropton and Harbottle First Schools.  As a trust we work jointly to ensure excellence of education to over 3000 students across the seven schools. We maintain the best traditions of our history, build upon our considerable strengths and meet the challenges of the future with confidence. The Three Rivers Learning Trust is a unique and innovative, outward facing organisation open to learning from the best practice. Considered research and evaluation, at local, national and global levels, will inform our priorities and growth. Our seven schools have shared values and priorities. A single Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of The Three Rivers Learning Trust.

In May 2015 The King Edward VI School was designated a National Teaching School and formed The Three Rivers Teaching School Alliance. We work in partnership with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities to train and develop teachers in both the primary and secondary settings, leading to a full Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Please see our website – 3rts.co.uk for more details.


We pride ourselves on our enrichment provision as we believe that high quality experiences outside of the classroom help to develop the whole person. We aim to provide opportunities for a wide range of interests and we actively encourage students to develop leadership skills by setting up and running clubs themselves.

Some of the extra curricular clubs we currently offer include:

  • Debate Society
  • KEVI Creatives – published creative writing
  • KEVISA – Our Space Agency with its own observatory
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Sports including:
    • Netball
    • Hockey
    • Football
    • Rugby
    • Table Tennis
  • Dissection Club
  • Technical Production Crew
  • Music Clubs including:
    • Choir
    • Chamber Choir
    • Orchestra
    • Ceilidh Band
    • Community Jazz Band
    • Steel Pan Band

The School Council is a highly active organisation which allows students to have a voice and change the school for the better. The Council is ran by our Year 13 Senior Students.

We offer a wealth of opportunities for additional enrichment including an Enrichment Week in Year 9, visiting speakers, trips and visits, work experience in Years 10 and 12, and additional qualifications such as ASDAN, Community Sports Leader and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Our excellent careers work has enabled us to be one of the first schools in the country to be awarded the new national Quality in Careers Standard. We believe that our success is not just measured in our excellent examination performance, but in where our students progress to in life. Our highly active alumni keep in touch so we know that the community of students we have had the privilege of working with over the years have gone on to become the positive citizens we all hoped they would.

Please take a moment to look through our web site to get a flavour of what our school has to offer, as we are very proud of our staff, students and our legacy.

Clare Savage