The first edition of 2019 is now available.
One of the privileges of working with Sixth Form is that we get to see what life is like after King Edward’s. Lisa worked an awful lot with Janet, our student mentor, on her future plans and Janet was thrilled when Lisa got in touch recently to update us on her career so far…
Lisa joined Sixth Form full of hope and ambition, she just didn’t know what her vocation was – who does at 16?! A bright, outgoing and engaging student Lisa was academically very able and she made regular visits to our mentor team, striking up a great relationship with Janet who supported and encouraged Lisa.
Upon leaving Sixth Form, Lisa joined South Shields Marine School (who continue to support our KEVI Inspires events) destined for a career at sea. At college Lisa studied a range of theory, including celestial navigation along with more practical elements. Lisa passed her exams at South Shields Marine College and was lucky enough to have three Cadetship offers – all from cruise companies.
As part of her Cadetship, Lisa lived and studied at Glasgow University in between periods at sea. Lisa is currently coming towards the end of her first sea phase where she has visited many places and learned many new skills and made many new friends.
Lisa has 18 months before she graduates but she has found her true passion and vocation. When she is not a merchant seafarer and is back on dry land, Lisa is hoping to become a Careers at Sea ambassador and we look forward to welcoming her back to Sixth Form to share her insights and experiences.
It is a real pleasure to see and hear how Alumni are getting on.
The election process for 2019 is well underway with a great selection of nominations. The role of Senior Student is a prestigious role that has prominence across the school and within the wider community. Although the titles of Head Boy and Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl are awarded, the reality is a team of four working on behalf of and representing the student community.
As part of the process all interested students had to put themselves forward and get their nomination formally approved and supported by another student and a staff member. Following this, students had to provide their manifesto; their vision for the role, that could be delivered in the form of a two minute speech. All candidates then had a ‘gruelling’ interview schedule with members of the Sixth Form team to further develop their vision and understanding of the role and commitment required.
For the Sixth Form team the interview process is ‘the best bit’ as we get to really explore our Sixth Form through the eyes of our students. It is impressive how articulate and passionate the nominees have been. The prospect of the role is one all nominees are relishing and will really take forward with supporting the wider school community, not just Sixth Form. The ambition and intent palpable, in a good way!
The most pleasing aspect, is that unanimously all nominates honestly share our view of Sixth Form as an inclusive and supportive community that seeks to work with and prepare students for the next stage, whatever that may be. All candidates have expressed a gratitude to The King Edward VI School and the Morpeth Partnership of schools as a whole, in shaping them as active citizens. The candidates want to give something back to the school and help it move forward.
The elections involve all students from Year 11 and Year 12, as well as all staff from across the school. All candidates will make their election addresses in assemblies next week and voting will take place on Friday 15 February,
We wish all candidates the very best of luck and look forward to working with the new Senior Students.
As the exam season draws ever closer there are lots of important dates to keep track of over the coming term…
|Year 11 Key Dates:|
External Student/Parent presentation
GCSE Results Day
Online confirmation of entry
Post 16 Induction
|Follow up from applications & interviews
5 July 2019 (afternoon)
8 – 12 July 2019
22 August 2019
22 – 30 August 2019
Week commencing 2 September
|Year 12 Key Dates:|
|Grade Update 3
Year 12 Parents’ Evening
UCAS Exhibition Visit
Roll Over (Y13 begins)
UCAS and Intervention
Year 13 lessons begin
4 April 2019 4-7pm
30 April 2019 11.30 to 13.30
Week commencing 3 June 2019
Week commencing 10 June 2019
Week commencing 8 July 2019
Week commencing 8 July 2019
Week commencing 15 July 2019
Week commencing 9 September
Enrichment & Personal Development Sessions (more to be added/confirmed)
|Wednesday||9-Jan||Passenger and Driver Safety P1
|Dan Larby et al – Oxbridge|
|Wednesday||16-Jan||Disaster Box Presentation for Gg students in (P5)||Passenger and Driver Safety P1
|Wednesday||23-Jan||UK Parliament – Gillian Bell||A Star future studying abroad.|
|Wednesday||30-Jan||APM -presentation – postponed due to presenter not being available||sexpresssion?
|Wednesday||6-Feb||Northern Powergrid P4||
Dundee Uni Law P4
|Wednesday||13-Feb||insight4me Pscych. IT dependent.||Kings college Cambridge|
|Wednesday||27-Feb||WOW Careers link||Studying in Scotland – P4
Dundee G&T – P5
|Monday||4-Mar||National Careers Week|
|Wednesday||20-Mar||21st March Oxbridge St James’||Lecture: The Impact of the Middle East||Newcastle Uni Partners.|
|Wednesday||3-Apr||Harvard Outreach student + parents||RAF Careers – period 4|
|Tuesday||30-Apr||UCAS Conference Metro Arena|
|Wednesday||1-May||possibly CII Finance TBC need 25 to 35|
|Wednesday||8-May||possibly CII Finance TBC need 25 to 35|
|Wednesday||15-May||possibly CII Finance TBC need 25 to 35|
|Year 13 Key Dates|
|Grade Update 3
UCAS Extra Opens
A Level Drama Exam
A Level Graphics Exams
A Level Photography & Art Exams
Year 13 Photo
Study Leave begin
Main Examinations begin
Year 13 Leavers’ Dinner
Week commencing 25 February 2019
25 February 2019
5 March 2019
Week commencing 25 March 2019
Week commencing 1 April 2019
26 April 2019
16 May 2019
17 May 2019
Week commencing 20 May 2019
5 July 2019
15 August 2019
Please contact the Sixth Form team if you have any queries about dates and events.
The final internal exam period for Year 13 will get underway the week after half term. This will signal the start of the final exam preparation for A Level success.
Year 13 students will be on Study Leave for the week of 25 February – 1 March only, students need to arrive promptly at exam venues (please note the end time of exams, particularly the afternoon session). Students should liaise directly with staff regarding revision support.
Individual personalised timetables will be distributed from the Exams Office ASAP. The overview timetable can be accessed via the link below.
For Mock Exams, all of the usual exam protocols apply, a summary of these can be found on this page of the website http://sixthformkevi.the3rivers.net/exam-protocols-mock-exams/
Information for Sixth Form Students, Parents and Carers
Once students have been issued with their candidate timetable they should read through this carefully to check that all entries have been made and are correct. If there are any problems, students should speak to their subject teacher as soon as possible.
On the day of the exam
- report to the venue printed on their exam timetable 15 minutes before the start of the exam.
- be in full Sixth Form dress code
- bring all required stationery in a transparent plastic bag or pencil case
- wait quietly outside the venue until they are called into the exam room by the invigilator. Students will be called into the room in candidate number order.
- follow the instructions of the invigilators at all times
- be silent at all times when in the exam room. If students have a query they should raise their hand and wait for an invigilator to come over
- ensure mobile phones and all internet enabled devices (including smart watches) are turned off and are in their bags
- remove their wrist watch and place it on their desk
What happens if a student has more than one exam at the same time?
All students with a clash will have a cover sheet on their exam timetable detailing the arrangements.
If an exam is delayed from a morning to an afternoon session the student will be supervised over lunchtime. They should bring some revision or reading material, their lunch and a drink, as they will not be allowed to leave the room and buy lunch in the school canteen. They will not be able to use a mobile phone or communicate with any other students.
Where are exams held?
The main locations for written papers are the Lower School Hall, rooms X1 and X2, and the Gym. Venues and seat numbers are printed on students timetables so that they know well in advance of an exam where they should go. Students sit in candidate number order, as required by examination boards.
What time do exams start and finish?
Exam start times and durations are printed on students’ exam timetables. Students should report to their venue 15 minutes before the advertised start times. The length of examination papers varies and on some occasions may finish after 3.25 pm. Students and parent/carers should be aware of this and make appropriate arrangements for getting home. Students will not be allowed out of an exam early for any reason.
What happens if a student cannot find his/her place in the exam room?
The student should wait at the side of the exam room until an invigilator is available to help.
What should students bring to the examinations?
Students should bring at least 2 black biros, 2 writing pencils, a ruler, coloured pencils, eraser, any mathematical equipment etc. in a transparent plastic bag or pencil case. Non-transparent pencil cases will not be permitted in the examination room.
For exams where a calculator is permitted, students are responsible for making sure that their calculator meets regulations. Calculators must not:
• be designed or adapted to offer any of these facilities: language translators; symbolic algebra manipulation; symbolic differentiation or integration; communication with other machines or the internet
• be borrowed from another candidate during an examination for any reason
• have retrievable information stored in them – this includes: databanks; dictionaries; mathematical formulas; text.
Students are responsible for ensuring that they bring everything they need to the exam.
What should students not bring with them?
- Mobile phones, MP3/4 players, iwatches/smart watches and any internet enabled devices. Possession of such items could lead to disqualification from the exam even if they are turned off.
- Tippex or correction pens. Students should cross through any work they do not wish to be marked.
- Notes, textbooks etc.
- Food or chewing gum
May students bring a drink?
Yes, however no more that 750 ml of still water may be brought in a screw top clear plastic bottle with all labels removed. No fizzy drinks, cans or pouches.
What standards of behaviour are expected during examinations?
All students are given a copy of a ‘notice to candidates’ produced by the examining bodies, which gives general guidelines for conduct, which must be observed. A copy is also available here: written exams
The school and the examination boards regard breaches of examination regulations very seriously. Parents / carers should please impress on your son/daughter the importance of good behaviour in an examination, as any activities that may disturb or upset other students will not be tolerated. The head of centre and exams officer have the power to remove disruptive students.
Students who try to communicate with other students inside the venue, or who create a disturbance in the examination room will be removed from the examination venue, and the circumstances will be reported to the examination board. This may result in the student not receiving a grade for the whole of that examination.
Furthermore students should not ‘doodle’ or write any additional/inappropriate comments on their exam paper. Exam papers that contain any ‘doodles’ or additional/inappropriate comments may not be marked by the exam board.
What if my son/daughter misses an exam?
Parents / carers may be asked to pay the entry fee where a student fails to attend an exam without good reason.
What do I do if my son/daughter is unwell at the time of one of the examinations?
Please telephone the school if your son/daughter will not be attending an examination or if he/she will be present but is unwell. It is often helpful for the invigilator to be aware that a candidate is not feeling well. For Sixth Form absence, please phone the Advanced Study Centre answer phone 01670 501520.
If the student will not be attending the exam they should go to the doctors, and get a letter to prove that they were unfit to sit the exam. If the student is unable, through illness, to sit a paper the board may, after examining the doctor’s letter and any evidence of performance on other papers, decide to award a grade. It is essential that you see your doctor on the day of the examination or previously. Retrospective information is not accepted by the examination boards and any doctors’ letters must be forwarded to the exams officer without delay, as there is a tight deadline.
If a student did sit an exam, but was unwell it is possible to request special consideration from the exam board on the grounds of illness. To do so we would need a letter from your doctor as evidence, this should be forwarded to the exams office as soon as possible after the exam.
What should I do if my son/daughter is going to be late?
A parent/carer, or the student themselves should phone the school immediately on realising that they may be late for an exam and ask for a message to be given to the exams officer. Parents/carers should take students mobile phone off them and ensure that they do not have any access to the internet or communicate with any other students sitting the exam. Parents/carers should supervise students until they report to a member of staff in the appropriate exam venue. Depending on the time the student arrives at the exam we may need a statement from the parent / carer to confirm that this procedure has been followed to send to the exam board.
Depending on how long the exam has been in progress, it may be possible for the student to be admitted. However, we are bound by examination board regulations on this matter. Normally students with a genuine reason and who are brought straight to the centre may be admitted within the first 30 minutes of the start time and will receive the full time allocation, after this time the board will decide whether to accept any paper sat.
Students who arrive after 10am for morning exams or 2:30pm for afternoon exams, or who arrive after the end of the exam will not be admitted.
What do students do if they finish early?
Students should use all of the available time on their exams and spend any time at the end carefully checking their answers. Students are not permitted to leave before the end of the exam. They must sit quietly at their desk so as not to disturb other candidates.
What do I need to do if a student has problems that may affect his/her examination performance? Any illness, or family circumstances, which may affect examination performance, arising shortly before or during the exams, should be notified as soon as possible to the exams officer so that an application for special consideration can be made to the exam boards.
As mentors, we often hear the same message echoing throughout Year 13… “I wish I had worked harder in Year 12,” or “I can’t apply for the course I want because my predicted grades are rubbish,” despite admitting that they did not work hard enough for their mocks. The pattern repeats itself year on year so I decided to try and break this cycle. I asked current Year 13 students: if they could go back in time a year, what would they do differently? Knowing what they now know, what advice would they give to their Year 12 selves? And, for the ones who had a successful Year 12, how did they do it?
As we look to recruiting our next group of Year 12 students and our current year group mature, here are some of their pearls of wisdom to help you to have a successful Year 12.
Use your frees to start working earlier. At the end of this year, the stuff you’ve learnt needs to be solid because it gets harder in year 13 and there really isn’t time to recap 1st year content.
Get your work done as soon as you get it, otherwise it piles up fast.
Workloads become much easier to manage if you look after yourself first.
If you’re taking any essay based subject, especially those you have to do a coursework for, do an EPQ it’s a good way to improve your writing and useful for learning skills needed for coursework e.g. referencing. I’ve increased my grades by a whole grade after completing my EPQ just because I can articulate my arguments better. Although be aware, it’s a lot of work completing an EPQ and try and get it done sooner rather than later (especially the candidate log).
It’s OK to struggle, A Levels are not supposed to be easy and there is nothing wrong with struggling at the start so long as you do the appropriate work and get the appropriate help when things get too much. Talk to people about what’s bothering you and at the same time listen to those who need your help. Sometimes just getting things out helps a lot.
Pre-read. No matter what subject or topic it is, pre-read it, and it will make the whole topic easier, as you will be able to understand it so much better and quicker.
Don’t be afraid to double up if you need to. There is absolutely no shame in doubling up, and it will definitely help you improve.
Don’t be discouraged at first if your grades are completely different to GCSE grades. Eventually it will click.
Keep notes tidy and organised so when you come to revise you don’t need to rewrite half a book of work!
Use the silent study areas as much as you can do, don’t risk losing them.
Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can start today.
I’d say that you don’t have to stick to a certain type of revision, instead try lots of different things out so you know what the best revision methods are for you in year 13. Organisation is great but it’s more important to keep things varied than to worry about sticking to the same thing!
It ALL matters.
Don’t put off work till the last minute, do it when you get it so you can do it the best you can – predicted UCAS grades are decided on early in the year in year 13 and they’re based on your marks and effort in year 12. Be organised through year 12 and you’ll have an easier time revising in year 13!!
Article compiled by Jess Mares, Year 13 Mentor.
Home Study is the privilege afforded to Sixth Form students who demonstrate a mature and accomplished approach to their learning and maintain an attendance above 95% (or show consistent improvement when circumstances are beyond individuals’ control). Home Study allows greater freedom to students to tailor a bespoke Sixth Form experience, it also develops individuals ability to self-motivate and self-manage; skills crucial for success in employment and Higher Education.
Due to the changing nature and demands of A Level study, as a Sixth Form team we have listened to our Year 12 students and from January will allow students in Y12 Home Study – this is unprecedented in our Sixth Form. There is a Home Study agreement that must be signed by students and their parents/carers for Home Study to be granted.
Home Study is granted in the morning where there is a block of non-contact periods or after the last lesson of the day. Students are welcome to stay in school and study using the school facilities, but must ensure they have followed attendance protocols.
Home Study is a privileged and will be consistently reviewed to monitor the impact on individuals’ progress and year group attendance. With privileges come responsibilities and the expectation is that all students in Sixth Form will consistently model the high standards of dress, punctuality, attitude and behaviour that we expect.
How often do we hear ourselves say things like: ‘I’m such an idiot’ ‘I’m so bad at that’ ‘I’m a total failure’?? If we start to believe these words, over time, our confidence to do anything can reach rock bottom – and that’s a horrible place to be.
Maya Angelou’s quote encourages us to not only seek success in things we do, but also to pay attention to who we are, what makes us tick, what we are passionate about, and how we engage in the world. And what if we made a point of affirming – even if just to ourselves – what we like about what we see?
What if we said things like ‘I’m really good at…’ ‘I engage in things really well when I…’ ‘I get really passionate about…’? ‘I relate really well to people through…’ Wouldn’t that start to change how we see ourselves?
We may just find that we come to love the quirky, unique, gifted people we are. And we may begin to walk towards the most wonderful, and perhaps most rare type of success in our culture today – loving yourself, so you can be yourself, wherever you find yourself!
If you’d like to chat about this, or would like extra support with what you are facing right now, get in touch: email@example.com