KEVI 24 hour Sport Relief aid


DSC_0467At 8.00am on Friday 18th March, pupils and staff at The King Edward VI School started their 24 hour sport and physical activity challenge in aid of Sport Relief.  The challenge began on the school’s athletics track where staff and students ran and walked either 1,3 or 6 miles.  This was followed by a day and night of sport and physical activity in a bid to keep King Edwards active for 24 consecutive hours.

Throughout the event students and staff donated money to take part in a wide range of activities including tug of war, Taekwondo, Hoop Starz, Zumba, hockey, POUND workout, Clubbercise, Crossfit, dodgeball, Kwik cricket, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, curling and yoga.  The event closed with members of the school returning to the athletics track to run their final miles for Sports Relief.


Thank you to all of those who supported the challenge.  It was a big success and this was down to the individuals who gave up their time to try something new and get active for Sports Relief. So far we have raised £2500 and sponsorship is still coming in.

To donate to Sport Relief in support of this event please visit: my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/KEVIsport24

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Jamie Pemberton

Year of leaving?

1997

Favourite subject in school and why?

PE and games. I enjoyed all sports playing and captaining the school First XV in rugby.

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

I have worked in sales predominantly and have managed within call centres etc. I have had my own business and transferred this to my business partner. I have married have a step daughter and a daughter. Travelled a bit with the wife and family and generally got on with life. I have been working through a law degree for the past few years part time

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

Nothing really significant. I have gained a great work ethic and attitide to life. I have continued with Rugby and am currently working through my coaching badges coaching mini tag rugby.

I would say the biggest achievement so far is enrolling and working through a law degree whilst working full-time and supporting a family

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

Don’t get bogged down with the stresses of deciding what you want to do with the rest of your life. Work hard during your time at school and achieve the best you can achieve through hard work

What’s your next big goal?

Who knows? I just keep looking as we go along in this life

Richard Williams

Richard WilliamsYear of leaving?

2012

Favourite subject in school and why?

Psychology. Ironside was bloody brilliant – best teacher I’ve had.

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

I went to the University of York to study Social and Political Sciences.  I couldn’t have made a better choice; York is a beautiful city and my degree was perfect for my interests. After I graduated I worked for a while in a restaurant and volunteered at my local Citizens Advice a couple of days a week doing research and campaigns. I then got an internship at Citizens Advice HQ in London doing policy research, which I love

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

Graduating with a 1st was without doubt the biggest achievement of my life so far. It was the culmination of three years of hard work and I can’t quite explain how rewarding it was. My experiences at KEVI opened up a lot of doors for me; the quality of teaching was very high and my teachers always went above and beyond to make sure I did my best.

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

If you want to go to university, my advice would be to not be afraid to try new things. I had never studied politics at KEVI but it was a part of my degree that I loved,  so I would advise students to study new things. I would also advise them to throw themselves into societies and other extra-curricular activities, there is something for everyone, and if there isn’t, you can start your own society! You also don’t appreciate at the time how much those kinds of things enhance your employability.

What’s your next big goal?

To land a permanent job in policy research for a national charity or think tank. I want my work to have real influence, and change people’s lives for the better.

Rachael Woods

Rachael WoodsYear of leaving?

2012

Favourite subject in school and why?

My favourite subject in school was definitely biology! I’ve always been fascinated by how things work , especially the human body. I loved practical classes, especially dissection classes as it meant I could get up close and personal with what we had been learning, which I found to be really helpful in strengthening my knowledge

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

From leaving KEVI, I moved to Scotland to study animal biology at Stirling University. As Scotland offers 4-year courses, I’m still there, currently finishing off my dissertation and I am due to graduate this June. I’ve also held several part-time jobs, from pharmaceutical work to fundraising!

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

My biggest achievement in life so far has definitely getting the courage to embark on a research trip during university. I spent 3 weeks in the South of France with a group of like-minded scientists to help data collection for a research topic. This meant I had to travel by myself and help carry out research from my own knowledge – you don’t get much wifi coverage in rural France! I feel KEVI has helped me achieve my successes by giving confidence in my knowledge and abilities, and always encouraging myself and other students to pursue our dream!

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

Don’t wory about your future! I know it sounds super cliched, but I was always so stressed about what I was doing with my life, and as a result I sacrificed my favourite subjects, my personal life and my health in a bid to secure my future as much as possible. Now that I’m where I am, I’m happy with how far I’ve come and where I can take myself. You do not need to have an idea of what you are doing with your life by the time to choose your GCSE’s, A Levels or even university! Do what makes you happy and you will be successful in whatever you decide.

What’s your next big goal?

I have just been accepted to Edinburgh Univeristy to study Veterinary Medicine, so I’ll have another 4 years at uni! It sounds crazy, and my friends tell me so, but when it’s something you’ve worked towards your entire life, you will do anything to reach your goals (at least I know I will!).

Michele Stewart

Michele StewartYear of leaving?

1981

Favourite subject in school and why?

Drama, Art, History, Biology, English Literature- I loved the creative studies, and biology& history were interesting

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

I have been a lecturer in FE. Owned my own salon employing 8 people

Owned my own hairdressing training academy(worked with KEVI students delivering hair qualifications to them when government funding was available- for  4 years)Worked as a technician with an Italian hair company, doing seminars and shows throughout Europe.

Worked for Toni & Guy as an Internal Verifier and assessor for NVQ qualifications in hairdressing

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

Personally – having 3 beautiful children (all studied at KEVI) now aged 27,24,15

My biggest achievement academically was running my own hairdressing academy delivering apprenticeships and hair qualifications to schools and salons throughout the county.

At 15 I went on 2 week work experience to a local salon –Hair at the workshop- sought out by my head of year – Doreen Condliffe- I was kept on as a Saturday girl and then offered an apprenticeship when I left school. I eventually ended up being Doreen Condliffe’s next door neighbour!

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

Follow your dream and work hard in school – I had to resit my English language O Level when I wanted to teach, and eventually did a degree at Sunderland University in further education!

What’s your next big goal?

To re-open a hairdressing training academy- when government funding improves!!

Matt Bailey

Matt BaileyYear of leaving?

2001

Favourite subject in school and why?

English, because it involved talking…something I’m pretty good at! I also used to struggle remembering facts for exams so English was good as you could come up with any answer as long as you could back it up! I also loved biology as I love everything nature. I genuinely think that one day I could be the new David Attenborough

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

After sixth form I went to uni in Leeds. During my time there I did a work experience at Metro Radio in Newcastle. Following this I pestered them to give me more work and eventually they let me do some freelancing on the news team. From this I produced sport, made adverts, made a lot of tea, then moved to produce a nighttime talk show. I then started producing breakfast at TFM Radio, then Capital FM, before eventually landing my dream job as a breakfast presenter

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

I’ve won a few radio awards and stuff but I think my biggest achievement is actually getting the job that I always dreamed about when I was younger. KEVI obviously helped me get the qualifications I needed to get to uni, however, I was head boy in my final year and it also helped me massively build confidence. My ability to speak in public, and now on the radio, was hugely helped from this experience.  

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

This sounds proper cheesy but if you’ve got a dream then just go for it! Don’t let anything get in your way as it’s totally possible. Oh and buy enough pairs of pants and socks so you can survive for two weeks without putting a wash on!

What’s your next big goal?

I’d like to continue on the breakfast show for a bit and hopefully win another award, then after that i‘m really not sure!! I quite like the thought of going into management…but then I’m not sure it would be as much fun as hanging out with my mates being stupid every morning!

Marc Tully

Marc TullyYear of leaving?

2013

Favourite subject in school and why?

Economics because it was something I had a natural talent for. I also liked how the early skills I obtained could be transferred and used in a range of different tasks, improving both my numerical and analytical skills.

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

I have completed 2 years of University and I’m currently on placement at HM Treasury as a student economist with my final year left to do. I have also been lucky enough go travelling across Europe and the less visited places of Asia

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

My academic record and securing a placement at HM Treasury. KEVI encouraged me to work hard whilst having a goal in sight. The resources in terms of the quality of teachers helped me improve vastly. The teachers went above and beyond what would be expected from their job role. Specifically the Maths department!

I can’t stress how important the teachers were in academic performance, they really cared about you as an individual.

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

Just because you’re not doing the thing you thought you would be at the current time, it doesn’t matter. Academic ability is important but so are experiences such as meeting new people, travelling and working in different environments.

What’s your next big goal?

Short term to maintain my academid record and finish university with a 1st class honours. More long term, to embrace and try new things. I don’t know what I want to do but im going to do as many things as I can along the way.

Lee Redpath

Year of leaving?

2011

Favourite subject in school and why?

My favourite subject in school was Economics. Yes, I went down the Science route and have a degree in Biomedical Sciences (BSc) but I enjoyed the comradery enjoyed there! I was good at it and seemed to always do exceptionally well at AS and A level. Before my A-level days I’d say my favourite subject was Biology, the teaching was great and the subjects studied and their application in human and natures mechanisms excited me.

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

Since leaving KEVI I have done charitable voluntary work over in the Republic of Georgia for 2 years, I mastered the language and loved the culture there. I’ve finished my degree in Biomedical Sciences and now I’m starting my studies as a postgraduate on a postgraduate dentistry course at the University of Central Lancashire (BDS).

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

I’d say my biggest achievement thus far, putting aside my academic life, has been my 2-year success in Georgia as a missionary. I’d say the school experience I had helped me because I was able to develop and open and considerate mind to all whilst at KEVI. The academic standards there lifted my sights to greater things

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

One piece of advice I’d give my 16 year old self? I’d say to have a little more recreational time, work hard and make sure you get the A’s by all means. But don’t stress, relax, things will all work out, you don’t need to stress over GCSE’s they’re just a step on the ladder and the ladder has so many other rungs to it! Enjoy sports, enjoy friends and work hard!

What’s your next big goal?

My next big goal is to graduate dental school with honours!

Kinley Johnstone

Kinley JohnstonYear of leaving?

2014

Favourite subject in school and why?

I had no clear favourite during school my preferred subjects where PE and physics as they were subjects I was good at, and overall most interested.

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

Since leaving school I have had two jobs, first farming, then moving onto outdoor instruction and education, I have also got a house and I’m not even 20.

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

Gaining  a chance to take part in an amazing career, with opportunity to progress in many directions

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

Don’t think you won’t make it, if you really want something bad enough you’ll work for it – if you don’t want to work for it, you don’t want it bad enough.

What’s your next big goal?

Level 2 UKCC BCU coach and go through sailing instructor training

Helen Norris

Year of leaving?

1984

Favourite subject in school and why?

English, my teacher Mr Ramsey was brilliant and made English interesting. I also enjoyed Professional and Business English with Mr Boothroyd.

What have you done since leaving KEVI?

I joined the Police YTS scheme , I was also a Special constable within Northumbria Police for 2 years. I  was given a full-time civilian role in the Central ticket office at Police Headquarters, I then went on to do Youth work qualification and became a youth worker, I then ran my own business, then started working at Northumberland College as a learning support assistant. I did my teaching qualification and set up a programme within the College to educate 14-16 learners on a vocational programme with maths and English, I then was promoted to management and I am now Senior Manager. My role is Director of 14-16 and Career College.

What has been your biggest achievement in life and how did your experience at KEVI help you to achieve other successes?

My biggest achievement in life is to have worked towards the position I have at Northumberland College over a number of years, I feel that making a difference in young peoples lives is the most satisfying job you can ever do. I feel that the teachers at King Edwards taught confidence and resilience as well as subject specific lessons, going above and beyond.  Teachers instilling good values and morals and life skills also.

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

Work hard and never give up even if you feel that it may be too difficult if you ask for guidance and support you will achieve your goals.

What’s your next big goal?

To continue to work as Director of 14-16 and Career College at Northumberland College and to instill the values, morals, life skills, confidence and resilience  into another generation of young people.