Morpth to Morpeth Exchange


A number of Year 9, 12 & 13 students have been involved in a cultural exchange with Morpeth School Tower Hamlets London.

Morpeth School is a co-educational school for pupils aged 11-18 and in May 2013 achieved its second successive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grading. Morpeth has a good mix of boys & girls from all ethnic groups and reflects the true population of the Borough of Tower Hamlets London.

This visit was the start of a very special partnership between the two schools with the Morpeth School students being officially welcomed to Morpeth Town by the new Mayor Councillor, Alison Byard.

Students arrived at Alnmouth Station having never been to the North of England and were immediately taken back by the scenery on their approach. Students experience the wonders of Alnmouth beach and its sand dunes. It was their first experience of Northumberland sand and sea air. Anticipation and excitement grew as they travelled over the Alnwick moors to Rothbury where they were staying for the duration of their stay.

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Mother Tongue Other Tongue Competition Success

routes_into_languagesCongratulations to Year 10 student Isabelle Redmayne, who has been named as Regional KS4 Winner of the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Competition.

Mother Tongue Other Tongue is an exciting poetry competition first devised by Routes into Languages North West and colleagues in the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012. Now in its third year, it enjoys the support of Dame Carol Ann Duffy as a national Laureate Education Project and is currently offered in six different areas across the UK. The competition has been run regionally by Routes into Languages North East since 2013 thanks to generous support from the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal at Newcastle University.

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KEVI Shortlisted in National Shine Media Awards

Cartoon 2Congratulations to our student-led news publication Student Review, which has been shortlisted for the second consecutive year, in this year’s Shine Media Awards in the category of Best Cartoon.

The cartoon was designed by Year 13 student Ben Welsh.

Editor in Chief of Student Review Angus Kirk said “It’s fantastic to be nominated for the Shine Awards for a second year in a row, especially for a new feature we have tried out; a comic strip. The awards ceremony last year was fantastic so we’re really looking forward to it this year!”

Anita O’Brien, Director/Curator of the Shine Media Awards said “Ben’s work is very much like a graphic novel. Some images work really well with the text, great ambition, strongly sculptured and I would encourage Ben to keep on with like drawings.”

Student Review members Ben Welsh, Beth Lamb and Jack Taylor will be attending the awards ceremony in London on 22 June, which will take place at Stationer’s Hall in London.

Click here to see a list of shortlisted schools.


Students Impress on the Catwalk at Fashion Show

all students againCongratulations to the students who participated in The Sanderson Arcade Fashion Show on 6 June.

Design Technology Teacher at The King Edward VI School Morpeth Adele Percival said “We participated in the Sanderson Arcade Fashion show where pupils were exhibiting and modelling their work from GCSE and A Level coursework.

All pupils involved did an excellent job throughout the day and they really enjoyed it, despite their initial nerves about walking out into the public! All students were a real credit to the school”.

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Football success for students

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Jonny Fox – third from right, front row. Jack Young – fourth from right, front row.

Jonny Fox and Jack Young tasted success in France participating in the U15 Neuville sur Saône International Tournament with their NUFC squad.

They both play for the Newcastle United Academy and go out on a day release programme.

Twenty top teams from across Europe and beyond including NUFC compete over 3 days, and for the first time ever NUFC come out on top – unbeaten throughout whole tournament!

In groupstages they beat FC Bourg (2-1), Marseille (1-0), CSNeuvillois (3-0) and drew against Evian Thonon (1-1) qualifying top of the group. Quarter Finals beat Portuguese team Guimaraes (1-0), Semi Finals beat  Lyon (1-0) and then tasting victory in Final against a strong Swiss team – Servette (1-0).

Day 4 – Thrunton Fishery

Expectations were high today as we loaded the vehicles in preparation for the short journey to Thrunton Fishery in Northumberland, our competition venue for the day.

On arrival, we were warmly greeted by owners Chris and Jill Blythe, along with Alison and Stevie, our coaches for today.

Whilst rods and reels were quickly set up, Jill and Chris briefed the students on the rules for the competition and general rules of the fishery.

The lads were really keen to get fishing, and before long lines were in the water.  After a difficult day yesterday with a number of lost fish, Adam Stewart hooked up early on, bringing a nice Rainbow trout to the net.


Again, a steady stream of fish came to the net over the course of the morning, with Adam even managing a lovely Brown trout too.

Even in such a short space of time, students casting has greatly improved.

A quick lunch and tackled check later, we were soon back on the water.  Despite a mammoth tangle before lunch, Cameron Lamb managed a fantastic 5lb Rainbow trout.  Well done!!


As the afternoon drew to a close, it was good to see more of the students catching, and losing a few fish along the way, including Ms. Fairclough, who was unlucky not to land one the fish she hooked.

All to quickly, it was time to pack up and head for the weigh-in, after what had been a fantastic day at Thrunton Fishery.

Day 3 – Chatton Fishery Pt 2

After scrutinising the forecast I was confident that Wednesday was going to be a better day weather wise.  As we loaded up the minibus at 8.30, it was clearly going to be a much more pleasant day compared to Tuesday.

After a quick blast up the A697, we arrived at a much calmer Chatton to find our excellent coaches Dawn and Alison had already set up the rods for the students, and we were ready to go fishing, but first we were able to show the students the different species of fish in the lakes, as it was just about to be stocked.



After a quick briefing, we were heading to the bank side, making those first tentative casts for a trout.


It wasn’t long before Christian hooked and landed the first of the day, well done!

For the rest of the day there was a steady stream of fish coming to the net and also those tales of the one that got away.

All students making excellent progress with their casting and concentration throughout the day.

Well done everyone, a brilliant day.  Thanks to KEVI staff, fly fishing coaches and Alison at Chatton fishery for having us!