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.

High School Musical

Logo_HSM_originalFrom the 23rd – 25th March 2017

This years stage musical is a popular production loved by youngsters the world over. An adaptation of the Disney Channel movie for stage…taking you back to High School days. The most important thing to remember, is to have as much fun as possible!

A modern twist on ‘Grease’ with extra ‘cheese’ and lots of comedy.

Tickets will be on sale from main reception – Adults £9, Students £7.

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.

Free School Meals

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

To see if you qualify please complete an application either online or through a written application. Further details can be found on the bottom of this link.

Morpeth Riverside Public Consultation Event

Northumberland County Council are proposing to redevelop the Riverside Site for a new leisure centre/cultural venue and as such we are looking to attract as wide an audience as possible.

Lichfields are undertaking the consultation on behalf of NCC and Active Northumberland with Nigel Walsh leading.

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Musical Ensemble Evening

Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 6:30pm in the Chantry Middle School Hall

The Newminster and Chantry ensembles joined by the KEVI Community Jazz Band are performing in a Musical Ensemble Evening on Tuesday 4th April in the Chantry Hall to showcase the wonderful musicians we have here in Morpeth.

There will be performances from the joint middle schools Jazz Band, Ceilidh Band, Samba Band, Guitar Ensembles and Steel Pan Bands along with a guest performance from the KEVI Community Jazz Band.

Tickets for this event can be purchased on the door on the night and will be priced at £2 children £3 adults.

Refreshments will be on sale during the interval.

We do hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.


Admissions to The Three Rivers Learning Trust

As the new housing developments in Morpeth begin to take shape, we are anticipating greater demand for places within the schools of the Learning Trust and across the Morpeth Partnership.  We are working closely with our partnership schools and with Northumberland County Council to ensure a school place for all who live in the catchment area.

The Board of Directors is clear that it is our responsibility to educate students who live in the catchment or move into the catchment area, and those who are already in  partnership schools from an early age. Whilst this will provide some challenges in the next few years, we are confident that through effective partnership working we will be able to meet that aspiration.

The recent admissions consultation for entry in September 2018 to Chantry, Newminster and King Edward’s is closed.  The proposed change from our previous policy was the criteria for  the tie breaker.

There were two stages to the consultation, and a total of 42 responses were received.  Of the responses,  24 were in favour of the amendment, 12 were against, 2 partly agreed and a further 4 made comments only.  Thank you to all who contributed to the consultation.  The revised policy is available here, and the Policies page of the website.

World Book Week competiton winners

unnamed (4)Congratulations to 10G who won the World Book Week form class competition!

To celebrate their achievements and World Book Day’s 20th Birthday, the class will enjoy a delicious birthday cake.

The class scored an impressive 28/30 when guessing KEVI teachers’ favourite books. Be sure to check out the teachers’ choice books display which will be in the library very soon!

Also a well done to Georgia Gorbould in Year 9 for winning the World Book Week competition. In second place was fellow Year 9 student Ben Owen.

The two students competed against the rest of the school to complete a range of book-related tasks including: a very tough book quiz, designing a book token and guessing the lines from various famous novels.

Well done to all students who took part in the competition.

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Success at the Young Writers Awards

image1Success at the Young Writers Awards on 8 March. We had two winners and two runners up!

Sara Hassan (Year 11) won the poetry prize and Naomi Kendall (Year 11) won the prize for prose. Maddy Lake (Year 11) was runner up for prose.

Olivia Sheed in Year 12 was runner up in the non-fiction category.

All pieces will be published on the Journal and Lit & Phil website.

The North East Teen Book Award

IMG_0112Getting and keeping, young people reading.

On Monday evening, eighteen students from King Edwards and the middle schools attended the North East Teen Book Award ceremony at The Centre for Life in Newcastle.  Since October, they’ve been sharing the reading of twenty contenders for the shortlist and helping to whittle this down to just six finalists.

Everyone has been looking forward to meeting the authors of the six shortlisted books and discovering whether their mental images of them match the reality.

The Teen Book Award is aimed at Y10 students. There’s a shortlist of six books which participating students help to choose and at least three months in which to read them, so it’s not too onerous.  The authors may be household names or making their debut but each book is selected to be very different from its rivals.

Not only do students have to read the books, they have to meet regularly to discuss them and summarise their opinions for everyone – including the authors – to read on the NETBA website: http://northeastteenagebookaward.wordpress.com

This is always the highlight of the evening and Monday night was no exception!

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Morpeth Partnership Ceilidh

IMG_0427Wow! What a night was had on Saturday 11th February for the second ever Morpeth Partnership Ceilidh. The King Edward VI High School, Dr Thomlinson’s, Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools Ceilidh Bands came together to perform in a wonderful evening of music and dance which was led by a caller. Families enjoyed an evening of superb entertainment, fun, laughter and even a pie and pea supper.

Many congratulations to the joint band of over 60 students and staff who performed on this night and the McGuinness School of Dance, Irish Dancers. A special thanks to Heather Harrison who organised the event.

Thank you to the KEVI PTFA for their support with the event.

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