Careers Education at King Edward’s

Mission Statement: To provide the highest quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance that broadens the horizons of all students and ensures they reach their full potential, and respond to national and global 21st century challenges.

Careers Education at The King Edward VI School aims to be broad, balanced and personalised. Our aim is to inspire students, widen their horizons and support them to make informed decisions. The days of a Careers Adviser matching you to a particular job are long gone!

At King Edward’s Careers Education is delivered in a variety of ways across the year groups, but never as a ‘careers lesson’, it is much broader and more holistic than that.

To us Careers Education means:

Competencies The skills and dispositions beyond grades that are desirable to employers, these are employability skills and are about keeping ‘the’ job once you get it
Aspiration Students should not be told ‘no’ but asked how. The only limitations we have are the ones we impose upon ourselves


The world of work is very different to what it once was, it is very dynamic with new companies and job types constantly evolving. Competition for jobs is fierce and truly international. Understanding Labour Market Information (LMI) is vital


Essentially this is career management i.e. getting the job when you apply for it. This is about achievement and progress in subjects (the ‘golden’ ticket of 5+ grade 4s), attendance and punctuality as well as competencies


Hopefully students will be empowered to ask questions and make decisions. They will see the value of work and their place within a particular pathway


There will be setbacks, it is about having the self confidence and tenacity to deal with these. Learning from our disappointments and to keep trying. Reflection is a key skill
Success Success means different things to different people. It is about supporting students to be successful in their own right and move onto a post 16 or post 18 pathway that is right for them

Students will have access to our Student Mentor, Janet, who is a qualified careers adviser. Students can self-refer for an interview at any time they feel the need, or be referred by any staff member or parent. 

Summary policy document

Our Careers Team

Leanne Johnston Assistant Headteacher and Careers Lead

I am privileged to lead Careers Education at King Edward’s and exceptionally proud of the Careers team and all we have achieved being part of the National Pilot Programme for Good Career Guidance. It is phenomenal to think that our Northumberland school has influenced National Policy! 








Janet Schreier, Student Mentor


I love my job! Working with students to make sure they can get to their next step after school or Sixth Form is so rewarding. There are so many options available for students, my role is to help them explore what is right for them







Our Sixth Form Year Teams are hugely experienced supporting students and families in navigating options Post 18. Contact the Sixth Form team:

Fiona Long and Ms O’Neill

Jessica Mares and Ms Familton







Careers Programme

This is a sample of some of the activities. We are constantly adding activities and opportunities throughout the year as they become available. These will be advertised as and when they become available.

Provider Access Statement 

KEVI Gardens

The aim of the KEVI Gardens Project is:

  • Build on the success of students ‘In Bloom’ projects
  • Enrich the learning environment for students and staff
  • Expand our business and community links
  • Develop a collection of specialist gardens e.g.
    • The Ornamental Bandstand Garden
    • The Kitchen Garden
    • William Turner Physic Garden
    • Mulberry Science Garden
  • Other gardens to follow – what this space for the Carbon Capture Garden
  • Open the grounds to the public for special events

Year 13 Celebration Evening

The Senior Students; Layla, Tom, Jena and Christie hosted the annual Celebration Evening on Thursday.

The evening is a well-established tradition in Sixth Form that the evening is run by the Senior Students for their peers. Of course the evening couldn’t have happened without the unfailing support of the ever-present Miss O’Neill, Susan and Fiona. They have guided the Senior Students through the whole process to ensure an enjoyable and successful evening had by all.

The Year 13 Celebration Evening is an evening of reflection, a coming together of the Sixth Form community to take pride in the achievements and accomplishments of one another and of Sixth Form itself. Of course, as the evening was hosted by the students, there was the odd humorous comment thrown in for good measure!

The tradition of prize giving within King Edward’s in a long one, many of the trophies that are awarded have a long and esteemed history. Some of the awards have been donated by former students and staff, who are proud of their association with the school and want that legacy to continue. Other awards are proudly supported by The Foundation Governors, The Edwardians and Pirimal. Other awards given out on the evening are subject prizes. Each subject in Sixth Form select three nominees for attainment and three nominees for progress, with the overall winner announced out of the three.

Overall, the evening was a huge success and there was an enormous sense of pride in the room. The evening really lived up to its name and was a real celebration on the endeavours of the year group.

The Book Thief

This week, Mr Charlton recommends Zusak’s ‘The Book Thief’.

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall…

Another successful KEVI poet

Congratulations are in order for Evie Ashcroft, 10W, who has recently won the Rotary Club’s annual creative writing competition.

The competition – which was against other schools in the region – was based on the theme “a different perspective.” Three age categories were available to compete and Evie won in the ‘intermediate’ category.

Evie’s poem “I Hate Uniform” was deemed “outstanding” by the judges. Miss Camsell, school facilitator of the Creative Writing club regards it as a “bold and clever piece, filled with rich symbolism and allusions to wider societal issues.”

Well done to all students who took part in the competition; these students receive a certificate for their original work.

Mental Health Awareness Week

14 May 2018 is significant, not only because it marks the start of the exam season for our Year 11, 12 and 13 students, it is also the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week. This year, the focus or theme is Stress. In this article, our Head Girl, Claudia reflects on a recent session that Sixth Form were invited to as part of the Enrichment and Personal Development Programme.

Sixth Form had our second Stress Management session with a GP and Educational psychologist, and it was genuinely fascinating to see how similar many of us are in what we stress about, why we stress and how we cope.

Firstly we tried to come up with definitions for Stress and for Challenge, and compared the two, and whether or not they are linked. We concluded that they weren’t, because challenge is something we can overcome, and we know can be delayed to an extent, whereas stress can’t be.

Following from this we linked our coping mechanisms for stress, and it was interesting to observe the similarities and differences in how we all dealt with stress, and what we could learn from others and apply to ourselves. After we’d shared our ways to cope with stress, they were broadly categorised, into Emotion-focused coping, commonly involving distractions: running, sleeping, baking, reading and gaming. Problem-focused coping, which involved writing our problems down, making to do lists and breaking up our stress and potential solutions into smaller, more manageable chunks, this I would definitely recommend. There was also Relation-focused coping, speaking about problems with friends, going out and socialising. We were recommended the 3 minute meditations which can be found online, and lots of stress coping apps like Fast Calm, Smiling Mind and Head Space.

After realising how similar our problems and stresses were, the groups linked together feelings, behaviour, stress and actions, which was a great way to analyse the chain of thoughts behind stress, and realising that more action needs to be taken when feeling stressed, even if it’s something small like going for a walk or writing down a rant, just get the feelings off your chest to remove the burden, and try to make much more manageable and realistic aims for yourself, and know that exam results aren’t the be all and end all, put your mental health first.

Contributor: Claudia, Head Girl

If you have any concerns or want to talk, you should seek help by asking a GP or the school counselling service for advice. You could also book an appointment with Beth, our Sixth Form Chaplain.

The King Edward VI School have also produced a booklet for parents: Mental Health and Well Being in Teenagers – a Parent Guide. This can be accessed via this link.

Other Support::

Talking Matters accept self referrals if you feel as though you need some external support or therapy. You can contact them via 0300 30 30 700 or


KEVI Science Gardens: Past, Present and Future

The development of our three Science gardens depicting the past, present and future has been inspired by one of our Alumni, Alan Davison Emeritus Professor of Environmental Biology (Newcastle University).

Alan became a Foundation Governor to the school later in his life and as he moved into retirement, his passion and drive to continue working with the school, helped us to find new ways of enriching the learning experience for our students and galvanised us into action.

The Present: The Mulberry Science Garden

Between 2014- 2016 we worked with Alan and utilised his expertise and knowledge to develop the first science garden. With support from Brims Construction Company, 4 raised beds were built and Alan designed 10 different environments with particular plants in each section for students to study. Additional help came from Wyevale’s ‘Heighley Gate’ Garden Centre and Morpeth Town Council in looking after the plants and maintaining the new space.  The final step to completion was with the science charity Opal who helped us to begin a small wild meadow area.

The garden has been a great success with staff and students enjoying it and using it all year round in a variety of subjects. Alan died in August 2016 and to honour him we are continuing his work with the development of a further two science gardens. In the future we will host community events and invite the public in to view our special gardens. The first public event is planned for this summer to commemorate the death of our famous Morpeth botanist William Turner.

The Past: The KEVI William Turner Garden – under construction

Alan’s interest in local history has led us to explore our past and recognise the possibility that William Turner, the famous botanist, physician and theologian who was educated in Morpeth, may well have been a former pupil of our school. The King Edward VI School began life as a church school in the Morpeth Chantry back in the 1300s and was later re-founded (1552).  As a boy, William Turner (1508-68) lived in Morpeth and received his early education here before leaving for Pembroke Hall, Cambridge.

To develop our Turner Garden, we have worked closely with the Friends of William Turner Morpeth group (FOWTM) and received expert advice from plant historian Dr Marie Addyman. The preparation work began in 2017 and with everyone’s help; we have now completed the first phase of planting with recognised plants from the 1500s.

The Future: The Carbon Capture Garden – 2018 – 2020 project

Alan’s interest in the future of the environment has led to us furthering our links with Newcastle University. With the help of Professor David Manning and his Research Assistant Kevin Stott from the National Green Infrastructure Facility, School of Engineering, Urban Sciences Building, we are now embarking on a two year scientific project to develop a Carbon Capture Garden. This garden will be a site of experimentation for students and will be based on the knowledge that the NCl University team have acquired during the development of their ‘SUCCESS’* project.

Click here for a list of plants used.

Team Kenya Uniform Donations

When we changed our uniforms at the start of the year, we decided to donate old items to the charity Team Kenya.

Our uniforms were sent to a school in Ndhiwa, in the west of the country.

Colleagues from Longbenton High School had the opportunity to visit the area and observed a number of students wearing our uniforms.

Thank you to all of the students and parents who donated.