Y11 Grade Awarding Update

Between Monday 12 April and Friday 30 April, Year 11 students will complete some in class assessments across many of their subjects which will provide their teachers with some additional evidence to support the teacher assessed grade process this summer.

It is important to stress that the outcomes from these assessments will not be the only piece of evidence that subject teachers may use to generate final grades. I have attached a copy of my last letter here which explains the principles we will use to award grades this summer.

A copy of the letter sent to Parents/Carers and all Y11 students, can be read in full here.

Y9 Options

We are currently supporting Year 9 students with the options process as they prepare for the next step in their education journey with us. Students can watch this options introduction assembly by Mr Graham to get an overview of the process and can view the options booklet here.

To help students prepare for choosing their options, departments have created a series of videos for students to watch Рthese videos explain important details about each of our  courses and will really support students in their decision making process. Please follow the links below:

Options Assembly Videos

Art Graphics    

Art, Craft & Design Children’s Play, Learning¬†&¬†Development Drama Design & Technology
French and
Food Preparation & Nutrition Music Physical Education Religious Studies
Geography Health & Social Care ICT Mathematics   History
Computer Science English Business Separate Science


We will be running parents’ evenings on Thursday 28 January 2021 (9K, 9I, 9N, 9G, 9E, 9D) and Thursday 4 February 2021 (9W, 9A, 9S, 9X, 9T, 9H).¬†These evenings will be followed by our ¬†Options Evenings held on the Tuesday 2 and Tuesday 9 February 2021 where you and your child will be able to discuss future plans and gain advice from one of our experienced team.

Click here to view a copy of the options pools for this year.


Covid-19 Update

It has been confirmed to us today that there has been a positive case of COVID-19 within the school.

We have been in contact with Public Health England and have followed all their advice in relation to the case.  We are continuing to monitor the situation and will communicate any further information we receive.

The small number of students who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case have been contacted and have also received an individual letter. They will be staying at home for 14 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.

Please be assured that the school continues to take all advised precautions to prevent transmission of the virus for the safety of our staff and students.

The letter sent to all parents/carers this afternoon can be found here

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.


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 ‚ÄėTouching the Void‚Äô as a non-fiction unit and ‚ÄėOf Mice and Men‚Äô as the main fiction unit. You will also study some GCSE Poetry based around the theme of ‚ÄėConflict‚Äô. 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.





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 Рthey 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 РThursday, you can drop into my room opposite B23 anytime before school, break, lunchtime and afterschool.  You can email counselling@the3rivers.net 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 8 Transition – Post 2

Welcome to the 2nd Post

Video Answers

This week Mrs Clark, your Assistant Year Leader, answers the following questions.

  1. What shall I bring on my first day?
  2. What clubs are there?
  3. When will I meet my tutor?

Y8 Transition Questions Video 2

Video Tour

This week the video shows the inside of a number of classrooms and the LRC (Learning Resource Centre)

Video 2 Classrooms

Subject Information


An exciting opportunity to have an hour of drama each week.  Lessons are taught in Tutor groups where you will spend the first 3 weeks getting to know each other.

Throughout the course you will develop your self confidence, working with others, sharing your practical work and not ever sitting behind a desk!

Introduction – Drama games

  1. Melodrama/Silent Movie – From Charlie Chaplin to Mr Bean
  2. Tutor group Pantomime – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  3. Physical theatre РFrantic Assembly 
  4. Crime – Cyber bullying – Solving a murder case
  5. Gender РGrease the musical 
  6. Blood Brothers – Willy Russell – exploring the script and learning lines

All lessons are practically based Рworking individually and in small groups.  Assessments are given at the end of each module.  There are opportunities to be involved in school productions and the Drama Society which is led by the Sixth Form.


In Geography you will learn about the world both near and far. You will be taught in your tutor group which will be mixed ability. We look at five different topics. Firstly we look at population and why we live where we do and what influences large and sparse populations in different parts of the world; moving onto look at topical issues such as economic migration and refugees. This segways into looking at why some areas are more developed than others and the impacts that has on lives in Low Income Countries (LIC) and High Income Countries (HIC). Physical geography is also taught in two units: rivers and weather and climate. We look at the impacts weather and climate has on us and we look at how hurricanes can impact on people’s lives both in LICs and HICs. A final unit looks at two contrasting cities: Newcastle and Mumbai and the similarities and differences to be found. We are constantly assessing and preparing students for GCSE should they opt to take Geography further. Assessments are designed and used to improve your performance and not merely tests. Teaching is interactive and encourages discussion and frequently involves students working together.


Classes are taught in tutor groups of mixed ability students. The topics we study are World War One with focus on causes of the war and life in the trenches. Then we look at the development of democracy and focus on the Suffragette movement and Emily Davison. After Christmas we move on to the Holocaust and wider impact of World War Two concluding with the Cold War and focus on the Nuclear arms race and Cuban missile crisis. History lessons involve lots of paired work and small group activities to allow students the opportunity to discuss and review ideas together, as well as individual activities to allow students to consolidate and develop their ideas and practise key GCSE skills. Students complete four formal assessments during the year and their progress is regularly assessed in lessons and through homework. 

Key Staff

Mr Clark – Deputy Head

Mr Clark Deputy HeadI will become Deputy Head Teacher responsible for Inclusion from September. This will be my second time at KEVI, having been a Head of Year between September 2003 and August 2008 ‚Äď a time I remember with great affection. I started teaching in 1996 when I started my career as a PE and Geography teacher. Since then, I have been fortunate to teach a range of other subjects including Psychology, Drama, History, RE and Travel and Tourism. I relish new challenges, but PE remains my first love.

I feel very privileged to do a job I enjoy so much and take pleasure from seeing young people succeed. I regularly bump into ex ‚Äď students when I‚Äôm in Morpeth and it‚Äôs great to hear of their accomplishments. I look forward to hearing of your successes over the next few years too.

I used to love nothing better than playing a game of football or rugby, but sadly those days are behind me now! I do still play cricket and enjoy watching my children play their sports. I am a devoted supporter of Charlton Athletic and try to watch them whenever I can. I enjoy listening to music too, but also enjoy the peace and quiet of long dog walks with my wife in the countryside. 

I look forward to meeting you all in September.

Mandy Gilholm – Inclusion Officer

Mandy Gilholm - Inclusion OfficerMy name is Mandy Gilholm and I am the Inclusion Officer at KEVI. I have worked here for 20 years and work with students and their families supporting them in lots of different ways. I mostly work with our vulnerable students and any services that they may be involved with. I feel very lucky to work at KEVI and believe it is an amazing school to be part of.

I have 3 grown up children, Stewart, Steven and Lauren, a daughter in law, Donna and an 18 month old granddaughter called Maci. I also have an eight year old golden retriever called Mylo. Most of my time out of school is spent walking Mylo and travelling to Scotland where Maci lives so that I can spend time with her, I love being a Granny!

House System

House CupAll students are placed into one of four Houses.

  • Collingwood
  • Davison
  • Hollon
  • Turner

You work to earn House Points for your tutor group and House. At the end of each term, your tutor group wins prizes for the most points earned.

At the end of the year, all year groups House Points are added together and one House is crowned champions. The winners have the name of their House engraved on the House Cup.

Earn House Points by working hard, being helpful, going the extra mile, joining a club, completing fantastic homework, etc.

Each House is named after a prominent person from Morpeth’s history. You will find out more about them when you arrive.



Year 8 Transition – Post 1

Hello Year 8

Welcome to our virtual transition. Each Wednesday we will upload a new post on the front page of the website.

Each post will contain:

  • video answers to some of the questions you have been sharing with us
  • a video to help you get to know the school site
  • some information about subjects
  • some information about key staff
  • additional useful information about the school

Video Answers

This week Mrs Stephen (your Year Leader) is answering the following questions:

  1. Will there be a transition day?
  2. Can we specify which students we will be with?
  3. What if we get lost?

Y8 Transition questions. Click for video

Video Tour

This week is a video overview of the school. All of the video footage, including drone footage was taken by three KEVI students. The music was created and recorded by KEVI music students.

Y8 Transition Video 1 click to view

Subject Information

Each week we will provide a brief overview of a few subjects. This week Art, Computing and Design Technology.


You can get creative and learn exciting new art skills in your Art lessons! In Art you will be taught in tutor groups once a week and have the opportunity to experiment, take risks and build confidence with your Art skills. In Year 9 you will improve and practise your knowledge, skills and understanding in a wide variety of Art, Craft and Design techniques and processes. You will also gain knowledge of artists and designers.


Computing is taught over 2 lessons a fortnight with students completing 5 projects over the course of Year 9.  Projects include Back to the Future, where we look at a number of prominent figures from the world of Computing.  Digital World, where we look at the technology and terminology of the connected world along with practical activities and skills development to keep you safe and thinking smart.  We also build on your experience of the Python programming language and get you thinking about the processes and programming to help you solve problems with your Python skills.  We also look at the use of databases to both store and manipulate data.

Design Technology

In Design and Technology, students follow five separate modules, each of approximately six weeks in duration. All classes are of mixed ability. Assessments are centred upon how students design, make and evaluate as well as the knowledge they acquire during project work.

Design and make tasks encourage students to develop a creative approach to problem solving. A range of materials, processes, software and resources are utilised so that individuals are able to gain an understanding of their properties, application and potential.

Students undertake research and investigation of existing products, design movements, designers and potential target markets.

A key element of the Year 9 course is to enhance student awareness of the world around them and seek ways in which to use resources in a responsible and sustainable fashion.

The Modules currently taught are as follows :

  • 3D Product Design
  • CAD Design project
  • Drawing and Modelling for design
  • Textiles
  • Food and Nutrition

Key Staff

Mrs Stephen

Mrs Stephen

I have been a teacher at KEVI for the last 16 years and am about to start my 17th year here. During this time I have always taught, and continue to teach drama, but my real passion is pastoral care. I have worked in the year offices for a long time, and have been a year leader for the last seven years.
I am married with boy/girl twins, who go Abbeyfields First School (part of the Three Rivers Learning Trust), a dog called Dizzy and three guinea pigs: Cabbage, Apple and Blackberry.
I studied broadcast journalism in Leeds before working for BBC Radio. I then trained to be a teacher. I love singing and sing in a jazz band and a 15 piece ragtime orchestra too.
I hope you all really enjoy your time at KEVI, and please remember my moto – “we are a family – so treat each other well, first time every time.”

Mrs Clark

Mrs ClarkI will be your Assistant year Leader. I studied Business with French in Sunderland, and I have been teaching for 18 years. Before becoming a teacher in the UK, I taught English in Milan, Italy and lived in a convent while I was there!

I am married and have two daughters, who both go to Newminster and most of my time is taken up with driving them to and from dance classes. When I have spare time, I enjoy reading crime novels / thrillers – any recommendations gladly taken!


School Uniform

Why do we have a uniform?

Uni-form means one form. In other words everyone is the same and equal. This provides fairness for all.

Having a uniform also helps to set the high standards that we expect in school. It shows everyone that we agree to the ethos and expectations set by the school.  Having everyone buy into those high standards is part of what makes the school so successful and is hopefully one of the many reasons you chose to come to King Edwards.

Furthermore, it means that parents are not put under pressure to buy the latest fashion trends each year and therefore reduces some students potentially standing out as they can’t afford or don’t want to keep up with the latest fashion trends.

The school uniform is available from Emblematic. Please use this supplier for:

  • blazer
  • skirt
  • trousers
  • tie
  • main PE kit

Click here to go to our uniform page.

Student artwork during lockdown

Over the coming weeks we plan on regularly showcasing a range of projects and activities undertaken by our students whilst they are at home staying safe. As well as our online learning, many students are doing fantastic things to challenge themselves and support their families and communities. We start with some artwork – here we have a drawing by Katie Young, Year 9 which she feels is a symbolic representation of our current social distancing measures, an oil portrait painting of Beyonce by Year 13 student Alfie Wilson and an intricate card sculpture of Sydney Opera House by Kate Richmond in Year 9. Well done to all, and more examples to follow.