Go Raise free funds for us whenever you shop online

GoRaise-logoWe’ve partnered with Go Raise – a brilliant and effortless way to raise money for our school.

Simply shop as usual with all your favourite retailers and, as a thank you, they will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to us at no extra cost to you!

So whenever you buy anything online – from the weekly grocery shop to renewing insurance or booking a holiday – you could help us raise £1000s in additional free funding this year.

Simply sign up to support us before you shop.

How it works:

  • Sign up to support us at https://www.goraise.co.uk/the-king-edward-vi-school
  • Click through to shop with your favourite retailers – there are over 3,000 to choose from including M&S, John Lewis, Expedia, Boots, Sports Direct, Argos and more.
  • When you make a purchase, a donation is generated and Go Raise will pass this on to us.


Ms Jobling recommends a short story by Understand_by_Ted_Chiang

I recently watched the film ‘Arrival’ (which I highly recommend) and discovered that it was based on the short story ‘Story of Your Life’ by sci-fi author Ted Chiang. I bought his collection of short stories and decided to start from the beginning and read the stories in order, rather than skipping straight to ‘Story of Your Life’.

Surprisingly, my favourite story in the collection was called ‘Understand’. It centres on Leon who, after drowning and ending up in a coma, undergoes experimental ‘hormone K therapy’. After waking up from the coma, doctors find that Leon’s damaged neurons are regenerated and that his intellectual capacity is dramatically increased.

After a short time, the CIA become interested in Leon and a government psychologist called Clausen begins doing tests on him. However, Leon realises that the authorities see him as a danger; he leaves the city and before long tracks down another hyper-intelligent man named Reynolds, who has also undergone the same therapy.

The narrative builds up to the meeting of the two characters and the psychological battle they engage in…

I won’t give away the ending, but must say I found it totally mind-blowing and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different to read – you can even borrow it from me!

Free School Meals

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

To see if you qualify please complete an application either online or through a written application. Further details can be found on the bottom of this link.

A Lesson in Employer Engagement

School-21-500x500Representatives from three North East schools and colleges visited School 21 in London to find out about the school’s innovative approach to employer engagement. The visit built on the progress the schools and colleges have already achieved as part of the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks, which are being piloted in the North East and which aim to transform careers guidance in schools.

School 21 is known for having developed strong links with local employers, with each of its students completing practical work placements, during which they work on a solution to a real workplace project.

Leanne Johnston, Assistant Headteacher, was one of the attendees.

She said: “The team at School 21 really are inspirational and I had heard from them at various events, so as soon as the opportunity to visit came around, I wanted to go.

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