Making Workshop

The next Making Workshop session on Tuesday will be tackling Kumihimo Braiding to make a bracelet.

National Citizen Service Champion School Status

We have been named a ‘champion school’ by the National Citizen Service (NCS) thanks to its commitment to the youth programme.

To achieve champion status, NCS asks that schools meet a number of key criteria in supporting the North East NCS team showcase the government-backed programme to young people aged 15—17. The status also reflects on the number of students from the school who grabbed the once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to go on the NCS programme in the summer of 2016.

The King Edward VI School has been instrumental in supporting NCS by meeting a range of criteria consisting of, but not exclusive to, allowing NCS to present to students at assemblies and other events; reinforcing key messages to encourage as many students as possible to take part; identifying any students they think would particularly benefit from participation and supporting them to take part; briefing staff about NCS and supporting and celebrating students who have completed the scheme.

Leanne Johnston, Assistant Headteacher said: “NCS is such a fantastic opportunity for all of our young people to participate in; it allows students to develop and demonstrate a comprehensive range of skills and abilities beyond their academic capability. NCS is really a programme for each and every student and we are proud of our links and associations with the organisation.”

Laura French, Recruitment Team Leader for NCS, said: “King Edward’s are always so welcoming and accommodating whenever we visit. It goes along way when the school supports our messaging to students and parents. We will continue this great relationship – ensuring that all young people who attend King Edward’s are given the chance to take part in summer 2017 and beyond – widening their horizons and strengthening communities through Social Action.”

“Places are now open for NCS this summer and I’d urge students to sign up and change their summer.”

The next NCS programme runs over the summer holidays, with 16 and 17 year olds eligible to take part. Government backing means places cost just £50 or less; young people in receipt of free school meals are eligible for a bursary.

The NCS summer experience includes a week of adventure at an outdoor centre in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales or Scottish borders where teens will meet new people and enjoy adventure, fun and freedom. Teens will then spend another week developing life skills like confidence, leadership and communication while staying in a uni-style environment.

They’ll then work with their NCS team to deliver their own community project – making a lasting impact on the local area. As well as helping to boost confidence and develop skills, NCS also helps to boost CVs and is recognised by UCAS, who encourage the scheme to be listed on personal statements.

To express an interest or to sign up, students or parents should call 0191 247 4020 or visit

Girl with a Pearl Earring

This week’s book recommendation is from Miss Rodger.

A work of historical fiction, ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ tells the story of Greet, a servant girl who goes to work in the household of the painter, Vermeer, and becomes the subject of his famous painting.

The simple yet beautifully crafted prose engages the reader in the day to day lives of the characters whilst subtly weaving the growing passion that Greet feels for her master. I read this book quickly and thought about it when I was not reading it – a good sign!