The Biggest King Edward’s Inspires… so far!

A Northumberland school welcomed hundreds of students and parents from across the county to its biggest and best careers event yet on 22 November.

King Edward’s Inspires, which is now in its fifth year, is an annual careers fair held by The King Edward VI School, part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust. And this year’s event featured stands from more employers than ever before, including accountancy firms PWC and Graeme Tennick & Co, law firm Muckle LLP, the NHS, Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, Northumbrian Water, civil engineering firm ARUP, HR specialists Avec, Faulkner Browns Architects, design and brand agency JUMP, and more.

In addition, students and their parents and guardians could chat to representatives from colleges and universities from across the country, including The Northern School of Art, Edinburgh Napier, Leeds Beckett, Edge Hill, the London School of Economics, Trinity College Cambridge, and the Universities of Stirling, Newcastle, Cumbria, Sheffield, Dundee, Sunderland, Huddersfield, and Teesside among others.

There was also a full programme of advisory presentations on offer, covering topics including apprenticeships, personal branding, student life and finances, and careers in areas as diverse as nursing, engineering, medicine, film, sport, law and environmental science.

As well as King Edward’s own students, a coach descended on the Morpeth school from Berwick Academy and families from The Duke’s Secondary School were welcomed.

Sarah Flanagan, Head of Post-16 Education at Berwick Academy said of the event: “It’s been really valuable for us as a rural and isolated school to get access to this range of employers and higher education institutions. We simply couldn’t do this alone, so our ongoing partnership with The King Edward VI School has really been of benefit to my students over a number of years, and this year has been bigger and better than ever before.”

Mark Fox, Careers and Employability Manager at The Duke’s Secondary School in Ashington added: “I think it’s been a really amazing evening, because there’s something for everyone, so no one has gone home empty handed.”

Year 12 student at The King Edward VI School Shannon Brown said: “Tonight has been really good for me because I didn’t really feel I had a clue what I was doing but now I have a plan, and lots of information to go through.”

Exhibitor Graeme Tennick has already got work experience candidates lined up until July 2019 following the event. He added: “It’s a fantastic event that helps the students to fully get a feel for what businesses are like and what they are looking for, and the various routes forward. We’re looking forward to taking part again next year.”


Leanne Johnston is Assistant Headteacher at The King Edward VI School. She also organises King Edward’s Inspires. She said: “King Edward’s Inspires goes from strength to strength with our partnerships with The Duke’s Secondary School and Berwick Academy continuing to thrive.

“The students and their parents get a lot of benefit from the evening, so we want to thank all of the organisations that have taken time out of their busy schedules to attend.”

Intermediate Boys National Cross Country Cup Final Win

On Friday 23 November, six students travelled down to Suffolk to represent our school in the Intermediate Boys National Cross Country Cup Final. The team was made up of Euan Duffin, Dylan Davies, Ben Walker, Ben Waterfield, Dylan Gooding and Sam Tate. Two weeks prior to the final, the team ran a very strong race and secured first place in the North East Regionals in Middlesbrough.

On Saturday 24 November the boys arrived at Woodbridge School where they were set to face another 28 best schools from across the country. A challenging course lay ahead with 4200m of muddy terrain and numerous steep inclines between them and the finish line.
In order to win the team event, students had to finish with the lowest number of points for their team. The number of points that the students scored was determined by the position in which they finished. The boys from KEVI showed huge amount of grit and determination throughout the entire race, and managed to work their way through a talented pack of runners in order to complete the race.  
Thanks to an outstanding team effort, the KEVI students were able to beat their nearest competitors by three points and secure first place, becoming National Cross Country Champions. The school have always fielded strong teams at these events, however this is the first time in the school’s history that they have won the title. An incredible achievement by everyone involved.

Sound check with Afro Celt Sound System

Afro Celt Sound System are a fusion band who fuse African, Celtic, Indian and Electronica, and one of eight artists studied by our GCSE music students.  So when our Music department found out that they were happy to invite Music students to observe their tour sound checks for free, and that they were playing the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle, they got in touch and arranged for 29 of our students to attend.

Most of our Year 11 GCSE musicians, and most of our A level Music and Music Tech students took part in the visit, and the band gave an amazing performance of both the GCSE set work ‘Release’ and another song.They then gave a question and answer session about their inspiration and what it is like to work in the music business. Students were then allowed onto the stage to look at the amazing array of African, Celtic, and Indian instruments as well as learn how the sound system is set up for a performance. The band really put themselves out for our students who were all blown away by how utterly amazing the band sound live.

KEVI commemorates fallen students this remembrance day

The King Edward VI School held a special service of remembrance to commemorate scores of former students and staff killed in conflict.

On Monday 12 November, The King Edward VI School, which is part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, conducted a ceremony to mark the centenary of the end of World War I in which 59 former students and one teacher lost their lives. An additional two former schoolmasters succumbed to their wounds in the years following the end of the conflict, and the fate of at least one former teacher is not known after he went missing in action in 1918.

Many of the individuals, who lost their lives in Belgium, France, Poland, Italy, and at sea, have no known graves and their average age was just 24.

Headteacher Clare Savage explained: “As it is now 100 years since the guns fell silent in Flanders, our last veteran of the conflict has now passed away. However, we feel it’s vital our current students feel a personal connection to these events, and others, which ultimately led to them being able to live and thrive in freedom and in peace.”

Among the school’s roll of honour are four sets of brothers, and one set of cousins, some of whom died just days apart in different battles.

And as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I, the school also lost 58 alumni and two members of staff in World War II, and a further former student in the Korean War of 1953. All of these individuals were remembered by the laying of wreaths during the service, which was attended by Three Rivers Learning Trust Trustees, Members of the School Edwardian’s Association, Foundation Governors and the Mayor of Morpeth, Councillor Jack Gebhard.

Ms Savage continued: “These 123 individuals and their families represent only a tiny portion of all the men, women and children affected by war, past and present. As a school community, we wanted to come together in gratitude for them, their service, and their sacrifice.