Year 8 Transition – Post 5

Welcome to Year 8 transition post 5.

Video Answers

This week Mrs Stephen answers the following questions:

  • How many form classes are there?
  • What will happen with catching up work?
  • Are you allowed a water bottle in class?

Student Questions 5 click for video






Subject Information


PSHE is delivered to all students in Year 9 within their tutor groups. It is delivered by tutors who know their students best and can tailor the lessons to meet the needs of the individuals in the group. Students cover areas from the statutory programme for SRE and Health Education including:

  • Exercise and diet
  • Family and marriage
  • Alcohol and smoking
  • Living online
  • Social Media
  • Consent.

Lessons are delivered using specifically developed materials to encourage students to share their views and opinions on these areas and all assessment is completed through oracy presentations either as individuals or groups. In lessons, students can expect to engage in discussions as pairs, small groups or the whole class whilst also completing individual tasks to develop their own viewpoints and responses.


RE classes are taught in mixed ability tutor groups. In Year 9 we study a variety of topic areas using our two principal religions of Christianity and Buddhism for religious responses. The topic areas we look at are:

  • Prejudice – Racism and discrimination
  • Prejudice – Identity and oppression
  • Valuing Life – Medical ethics
  • Poverty – Basic needs and responses
  • Poverty – Gambling and debt

RE lessons involve lots of discussion and oracy work, as well as paired and group discussions to develop opinions and viewpoints on the issues which are then followed with individual work to develop and practice specific GCSE skills. Over the course of the year, students will complete five formal assessment pieces as well as other work in lessons and for homework which contributes to the assessment of progress being made.

Staff Information

Mr Foster

Mr J FosterI’ve been a teacher at KEVI the last 12 years and I am currently the Assistant Subject Leader of Sport.  My passion is sport and physical activity at any level and ensuring pupils enjoy their PE in all types of lessons and competition at KEVI, so they leave school as well rounded athletes.  I currently still play Rugby and Cricket for my local clubs and remain undefeated in my students and staff KEVI Table Tennis club!

I am married, have a new baby girl called Jessie.  I live by the sea, love the coastline and relaxing walks with the family as well as listening to music and djing!  

I look forward to meeting you all.  KEVI is a great school to be part of so take up all the opportunities on offer to you, work hard and enjoy your time there.


Mrs McGorrell

Mrs J McGorrellHi Year 8! 

My name is Mrs McGorrell (two rs and 2ls). I know, I know. It’s not very common. Irish I think? I also think I am the only Scottish person ever to marry a South African with a more Scottish sounding surname than my own!

I studied Fashion Marketing at Northumbria University with dreams of being the next Jean-Paul Gaultier. That was, until I realised that Graphic Design was more my thing.

I trained as a Design Technology teacher in 2005, but I am now Subject Leader for both Art Graphics and Photography. I absolutely love my subjects and really enjoy spending my spare (hahahaha) time creating my own illustrations and taking my own photographs.

I have two sons. One is in year 6 and the other in year 4. I also have two pet cats, Milo and Sascha.

If I had to choose 3 top things for my bucket list they would be;

  1. Cage diving with great white sharks in Gansbaai, South Africa (somewhat likely)
  2. Visiting Hong Kong Island (hopefully one day!)
  3. Becoming a billionaire (although I would settle for being a millionaire)  and living in a mansion (highly unlikely!)

Looking forward to meeting you all as soon as possible.


School Update for Year 9

The DfE has issued further guidance regarding wider opening for primary schools. From this it is now clear Year 9 will not be able to return to school before the end of term, which is disappointing. 

Your child should aim to have all work set via Google Classroom completed by the time they return in September.  Could you please support your child by taking the time to review the work set for them and ensure they are up to date by the time they return. If your child has any questions about any of their work, please encourage them to contact their teacher via Google classroom.

To read the letter in full, please click here.

Transition information for Parents/Carers

We would usually hold introductory evenings to share information with you about the school. This year this has been done virtually. Please follow this link to our website to access these presentations. I hope you have found our weekly blog posts to students useful and we will continue to upload these each Wednesday until the end of term.

To read the letter in full from Ms C Savage please click here.

Year 8 Transition – Post 4

Welcome to this weeks Year 8 transition post.

Video Answers

This week Mrs Clark, your assistant Year Leader, answers the following questions:

  • Can I get a locker?
  • Where will I go on the first day?
  • What is the lunchtime process?

Student questions 4 click for video







Video Presentation from the Headteacher for parents/carers

Year 8 Headteacher video message for parents click for videoNormally we would have an evening for parents/carers and Year 8 students at this point in the year to share important information with you. The two videos below replace that evening. One is aimed at parents/carers and the presentation below is aimed at students.


Year 8 Student Presentation

Y8 Year Leader Student PresentationY8 students, please click on the image opposite to start a Google Slide Presentation. Once it starts, click on the PRESENT button at the top right corner to start the presentation. Click on the videos inside the presentation to view them. Click anywhere on a slide to move onto the next slide.




Subject Information


Welcome to English! The English department is very pleased to welcome you to KEVI and is very much looking forward to teaching you! You will be taught in your Tutor group for your English lessons and you will have one or two teachers. You have 7 English lessons a fortnight, one of these is a dedicated Reading lesson which will continue the work of the Accelerated Reader programme that you may have followed in Middle School. A Key aspect of the English course in Year 9 is to prepare you for your GCSE studies so we look at a range of texts from both Fiction and Nonfiction. We study ‘Touching the Void’ as a non-fiction unit and ‘Of Mice and Men’ as the main fiction unit. You will also study some GCSE Poetry based around the theme of ‘Conflict’. Other work includes a unit on Genetics as part of continued nonfiction study and we also look at 19th Century Gothic Fiction to further prepare you for the demands of GCSE study. Assessments will be a combination of analytical paragraphs and essays as well as quick tests to ensure that you are up to date with your linguistic terminology. You will work individually, in pairs and as part of a bigger group at times. We really value contributions to class discussions as this keeps the lesson moving forward and provides interesting alternatives when discussing writers and their work.


Here at KEVI you will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics in mixed ability Tutor classes.  You start studying GCSE content from the start of the term and continue this through years 9, 10 and are examined at the end of year 11.

In year 9 you will build on your knowledge of KS3 science in topics such as Cells, The History of the Atom and Energy Types and Transfers.  You will be assessed formally three times across the year with assessments that include content from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Your progress will also be assessed during lessons and homework activities.

Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons incorporate many types of learning styles and types of activity.  You will work individually and in small groups, solve problems, do practical investigations and report your findings.


Students at KEVI are allocated 2 hours of Physical Education each week. They are taught in a mixture of tutor groups with all lessons being mixed ability and single sex. The aim is for students to develop competence in a broad range of physical activities and experience competitive sport that results in them leading healthy, active lives. Students get the opportunity to access a full range of different individual and team based sports throughout the year. Sports are delivered in line with the season and our extensive extra curricular programme, that includes fixtures and competitions. There is also an opportunity to participate in House Matches at different points throughout the year. This is a practical subject that requires key skills such as confidence, resilience, teamwork, analysis and evaluation. Students will be practically assessed on their performance at the end of each unit of work.

Staff Information

Below are some of the teachers who will be Year 9 Tutors in September.

Mr H Jamieson

Mr H Jamieson

Hello! My name is Howard Jamieson and I teach Spanish and French here at King Edward’s, a great school! I am originally from Northern Ireland and before I moved to Newcastle I taught English in France and Spain.

I really love sport, particularly cycling, badminton, hiking and swimming. I love to travel and have been lucky enough to visit Asia, North America and the Middle East. I also play the piano and love films. I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

Mr M Wickens

Mr M Wickens

My name is Mr Wickens and I will be a Year 9 Tutor from September. I have been part of the KEVI Pastoral Team for 9 years, firstly as a Head of Year and more recently as Assistant Headteacher overseeing behaviour and standards.  My specialist subject is PE and I teach core, GCSE and Level 3 Cam Tech Sport. 

I am very much looking forward to my new role as form tutor, ensuring that you settle into KEVI as quickly and smoothly as possible. I am going to have the pleasure of sharing and celebrating your successes over the next few years too. 

I am a huge football fan and have a season ticket for my beloved Newcastle United. I enjoy watching my children participate in sport over the weekend and still play the occasional game of tennis and golf. I will be involved in running extra curricular sports and would love to see as many of you involved as possible. Looking forward to meeting you all very soon.





Exam Grade Update Y11 & Y13

We have now completed the process and all grades and subsequent subject rank orders have now been submitted to the exam boards.

We have used all the information available to us regarding your progress throughout your studies and are confident the grades we have submitted, based on all the information we hold, provide an accurate reflection of your most likely attainment. 

Copies of the letters issued for can be read in full here for Y11 and Y13.


Social Distancing outside school

We have put in place a huge number of measures to keep students and staff as safe as possible in school. In order to ensure that these measures are as effective as possible it is crucial that you and your families stick closely to the measures that are being asked of us all in our day to day lives with regards to social distancing. Students should be nowhere near site on days they do not attend. Failure to adhere to these measures outside of school could put staff and students at risk.

The letter issued to parents/carers, can be read in full here.

Year 8 Transition – Post 3

Welcome to Transition Post 3

Video Answers

This week Mrs Stephen answers questions about:

  1. Uniform
  2. Timings of the school day
  3. Bullying

Year 8 Transition Questions 3 - click for video

Video Tour

This weeks video explains how to work out room numbers. Most rooms are labelled something like A3, B17, C4, etc. The letter refers to the floor, i.e. A floor, B floor, C floor. The number relates to where in the building the room is. Room 1 is at one end and room 26 is at the other end of the building. However, some rooms don’t follow this pattern and this video helps to explain that.

Video 3 Rooming click for video

Subject Information


At KEVI, the majority of Y9 students study either French or Spanish and have 6 lessons per fortnight in mixed ability groups. A small cohort of students study both languages – they are allocated 3 hours per language per fortnight, but work at twice the pace. We begin the GCSE course in Y9 and all students follow the same schemes of work, which include topics such as: Self and Family, Free Time Activities, House and Home, Life at School and Customs and Festivals. In all topics, we focus on extending grammatical knowledge and understanding so that students become increasingly confident in using their language skills in real life situations. 

MFL students regularly practise the 4 key skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing through a wide range of pair and group activities, as well as individual tasks. Weekly homework takes the form of learning key vocabulary, and students are formally assessed at 3 points in the academic year.


Students at KEVI will start their GCSE Maths in Year 9. Students have 7 lessons a fortnight, and are taught in ability-based sets. The initial setting is based on middle school data and assessments, but for the first two months all classes study the same content, focusing on number skills, basic algebra, Pythagoras and trigonometry. After an assessment on these topics, students will then be reset to ensure they are in an appropriate set. There will be a further two assessments throughout the year, and after each assessment students will be given a predicted GCSE grade, and sets may be reconsidered. Sets 1 and 2 will study higher content (ranging from grades 3 to 9), set 3 will study a mixture of higher and foundation content (ranging from grades 2 to 7) and set 4 will study foundation content (ranging from grades 1 to 5). Further information about topics covered in each assessment period can be found on the website, alongside independent revision activities and assessment analysers.  


Music in Year 9 is taught in mixed ability tutor groups through these six exciting performance centred projects:

  1. Learning to play Djembes in African Drumming styles
  2. Performing Four Chord Songs and then producing creative Mashups
  3. Learning to play Blues Guitar Riffs on Acoustic Guitars 
  4. Recreating a famous Music Track using Keyboards, Guitars, Drums and Voices  
  5. Choosing an instrument or your voice to produce a Solo Performance 
  6. Learning to play chords and tunes on the Ukulele

What will listening and written work include?

  1. Learning how to read music notation more fluently
  2. Listening to and analysing pop music, film music, classical music and blues styles.

How will work be completed?

Projects will be introduced and demonstrated to the whole class but then assessed in small groups or individually using our ten practice rooms. Each tutor group will have two single Music lessons each fortnight.

Key Staff

Mrs Moore SENCO

Mrs S Moore – SENCO

I am the SENDCo at Kevi and look after any student who needs some support at any time in their school career. I have worked at KEVI for sixteen years and I, like Mrs Stephen, am starting my seventeenth year! I really enjoy my work and feel it is a privilege to be able to work alongside people helping them. 

My office is in the Access Department.

I enjoy travelling, reading and spending time with my family.


Mrs J Robinson

Mrs Robinson – Assistant SENCO

Hi Everyone, my name is Mrs Robinson. I have worked at KEVI for 10 years now. I am the Assistant Senco in Access, but also a PE teacher too. I love being in two departments, and the variety that my roles bring; no two days are the same! 

I have two sons who are 13 and 15 yrs old, you won’t bump into them at KEVI though as they go to a different school. I love netball and coach one of the school teams. I’m really into exercising – I particularly enjoy hiking, Bodypump and Bodycombat classes. 

I love working at KEVI and look forward to welcoming you to this special place.

Mrs S Watson Counsellor

Mrs Sarah Watson – Head of Counselling

Hello, please call me Sarah.  I am a BACP Senior Accredited Children and Young People’s Psychotherapist.  I am the Head of Counselling for the Three Rivers Learning Trust and run the Counselling service here at KEVI.

I set up the service in 2011 and it has grown every year.  We now have three Counselling rooms at KEVI, one at Newminster, one at Chantry and an amazing team of 12 therapists.  The KEVI Counselling Service is open Monday – Thursday, you can drop into my room opposite B23 anytime before school, break, lunchtime and afterschool.  You can email and we will reply ASAP.

Counselling is very private and our work is confidential.  We have male and female therapists who use a range of techniques to help students feel happier and achieve their goals.  I love being part of KEVI Pride group and it is my favourite lunchtime of the week.

Before I worked at KEVI I was a lecturer in Psychology and I also lectured and trained adults in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Outside of KEVI I am welfare officer at Morpeth Amaetur Swim Club (MASC) and a busy mum.  I enjoy walking our dog at the beach and exploring Northumberland.  I am a vegan and love going to the gym.  I enjoy reading, baking, embroidery, yoga and music.

I am looking forward to seeing you all in September.

Sample Y8 History Lesson

This week Mrs Johnstone and Ms O’Neill have produced a video of a sample History lesson. They also introduce the History teachers you may have at KEVI.

Sample History lesson, click for video

Year 12 analyse the use of language in the media

Lily Heaton in Year 12 has written a fantastic essay for for her A-level English Language. This was a practice exam question which challenged students to analyse the use of language in the media, in this case responding a an Indy 100 article titled “Imagine if the media talked about male politicians the same way it does about female ones”. Snapshots of Lily’s essay are below:

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