Uniform Consultation

The King Edward VI School propose to improve the school uniform for Year 9 – Year 11, from September 2017.

Below outlines why uniform is important and also links to online surveys so that students and parents/carers can input preferences for the new uniform.

Importance of a smart school uniform

A consistent uniform means that all students are the same and the pressure to wear a particular fashion or latest trend is removed. Removing this issue also potentially reduces bullying where students are made fun of for not wearing the latest trend.

A single uniform will often cost less in the long run as parents/carers will not have to buy the latest fashion multiple times in a year. Designer brands often cost more per item. Moving to a single supplier for hard wearing clothes will also reduce the need to buy multiple items of cheaper quality clothing throughout the year. We have had instances of students buying four or five pairs of trousers in a year as they have worn out.

Finally a smart uniform supports the high standards we expect at The King Edward VI School and shows that students and parents buy into these high standards. Whilst a uniform may not directly impact on achievements, it supports the school ethos which aims to build upon our successful history, value our heritage and encourage students to aspire to be the best they can be. We want all of our students to be proud of their school and proud of themselves.

Proposed Changes

From September the school intends to introduce blazers, shirts and ties. This consultation will allow staff, students and parents/carers to have an input into some of the detail of these changes.

Below are images which show the potential new uniform. Options include jumper or no jumper, black blazer and black trousers or maroon blazer and grey trousers.

Red Jacket With Grey Trousers No JumperRed Jacket With Grey Trousers and Black JumperBlack Jacket With Black Trousers No JumperBlack Jacket With Black Trousers With Jumper
Sept 2017
Sept 2017
Jumper £13 Blazer £25
Trousers £15 Trousers £15
Polo Shirt x3 £24 Asda White Shirt x 3 £9.75
Tie £4
Total £52 £53.75

We have had quotes from different suppliers and have chosen the supplier who we feel provides the cheapest price with the best quality.

If you are in a position where a new uniform will cause you financial worries, please contact Ms Gilholm our home school liaison in Student Support.


Below is a link to an online survey for parents/carers to put forward preferences on a number of options. The consultation will be open from Monday 20 March to Friday 31 March. Please only submit one form per family.

Parents only – Link to online consultation form.

Students in Year 9 & Year 10 will be emailed a separate consultation form following assembly on Thursday 23 March, where they will be shown the uniform option.

The Book of Night Women

ThebookofNightThis week’s book recommendation is from Ms Grayson.

The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

This book is based on a young girl born into slavery in Jamaica during the 18th Century. The girls mother dies during childbirth and we don’t discover who the father is until later on in the book so she grows knowing she is an orphan and the feeling of not belonging that this brings.

This book was not an easy read, it was heartbreaking. The cruelty and torture suffered by the slaves is truly horrific and brought me to tears but it is beautifully written and I couldn’t put it down. A book that with make you think about it long after you’ve finished reading.

Brain Food: What to Eat When Revising

foodIt’s the time of year when all that matters are grades, grades and more grades.

A common mistake many students make during this crucial period is to eat poorly and unhealthily. Junk food, lots of chocolate, energy drinks and crisps are often eaten in place of normal meals to “keep energy levels up”. However, this is not only harmful to your long-term health, but can also negatively affect your exam performance.

Here are some brain food recommendations during the most stressful period of your academic year…

1. Oily fish   

sardinesSalmon, sardines and mackerel are amongst the healthiest types of fish. Why? Because they contain lots of protein and omega 3, which is essential to keep a functioning brain working well. I’m sure you have heard of the saying that fish is great brain food. It’s true!

2. Eggs

eggsEggs are healthy and good brain food. During exam time, who wants to hear a rumbling tummy during the late nights and early mornings spent revising? Eggs can be boiled, poached, scrambled, or made sunny-side up and they will keep those hunger pains at bay for far longer than traditional cereals.

3. Vegetables & fruit

fruitVegetables and fruit are low in calories, delicious and can give you an energy boost when you are working away at revising, since they contain fructose and healthy sugars your body can convert into energy. Top snacking fruits: apples, bananas, avocadoes, berries.

4. Peanut butter 

pbutterMany people think peanut butter is an unhealthy food, but it actually contains healthy fats and lots of protein per serving. This means that as a brain food, just a little can keep you full for a long time.


ICT Technician

School: The King Edward VI School, Chantry Middle School and Newminster Middle School

Band 3, 37 hours per week
Full time
16,481 per annum)

An experienced an enthusiastic ICT technician is required to join a professional ICT team. Candidates should have a good general education along with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills. The ability to relate to young people is essential. We are an outstanding school (OfSTED 2014), a Learning Trust at an exciting stage in our development. Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for the successful candidate.  

Click here to see the job description and person specification.

Closing date: 12 noon on 31 March 2017

The Winter of Our Discontent

Winter_discontentThis week, Mr Wallwork recommends ‘The Winter of Our Discontent’ by John Steinbeck.

Believe it or not I read this book knowing nothing of the author. We didn’t have many books at home when I was growing up so I was happy to read anything I was given. So it came about that through the simple act of enjoying a story, I discovered that Steinbeck was a classic writer before I knew he was a writer of classics.

It is set in late 50’s early 60’s New England America. Ethan Allen Hawley, whose family trace their roots back to the Pilgrim Fathers,  works as a clerk in the grocery store he used to own and although at first he seems adjusted to this reversal of fortune he ends up planning a wild ‘escape’.  Simple honesty is shown to be at heart anything but simple.  Steinbeck uses this examination of culture and values by a ‘good’ man to force us to look into the same mirror.

The emotional pull of this tale makes it in my heretical eyes better than OMAM and with another fabulous quotation as a title what’s not to like?

Year 5 Director of Learning and Teaching (Year Lead)

School: Newminster Middle School

Salary MPS/UPS + TLR 2B £4,399

‘Attitudes to learning are excellent because pupils have a real thirst for knowledge and are ready to seize every opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills’.  [Ofsted 2014].

Applications are invited for the above post to start in September 2017.  We are looking to appoint an outstanding teacher to build upon the excellent achievement and progress recorded at Key Stage 2.

Newminster is a large middle school with over 500 students from Years 5 to 8, situated in the town of Morpeth in Northumberland.  We pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive and truly comprehensive school built on traditional principles and with high standards.  Our purpose is to provide experiences to inspire, motivate and meet the needs of all learners.  We encourage a lifelong love of learning to enable all to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to become confident communicators and responsible citizens.

The school is part of the Three Rivers Learning Trust, with Chantry Middle School and The King Edward VI High School.  Whilst the schools are separate with their own unique identity, there is one engaged and supportive Board of Directors, to whom each school reports.

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Please visit the Newminster website for more information.

Closing date: Friday 31st March, midday

Interviews will take place on Thursday 6th April 2017

Wansbeck Music Festival Steel Band competition: Saturday 25 March

The Wansbeck Music Festival Steel Band competition is taking place in the KEVI Upper School Hall (next to the main reception) on Saturday 25 March. Students must be accompanied by an adult and wearing full school uniform. All students must arrive by 10am for a 10.15am start.

Competition times:

10.15am-1pm – U11 and U13 Steel Band, ensemble and soloist categories.

2pm-5pm – U16 and U18 Steel Band, ensemble and soloist categories.

Subject Leader of Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish)

School: The King Edward VI School

(MPS/UPS + TLR 2.3 £6,450)

An enthusiastic and well qualified graduate is required from September 2017 to lead a highly successful department. This is a key role to further develop excellent teaching, learning and assessment practices and to raise attainment and progress at all key stages. This role will provide significant professional development, academic challenge and the opportunity to work within a vibrant learning community.

As an outstanding school (OfSTED 2014), we are actively engaged in supporting the work of other schools, and this role will contribute to our outward facing work. Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for the successful candidate.

Click here to see the job description and person specification.

Closing date:  12 noon on Wednesday 29 March 2017