KEVI September 2016 Admissions

For the first time in a few years the year 9 intake for The King Edward VI School has not been over subscribed; in fact a small number of spaces are available for a September 2016 start.

There has been a reduced number of students joining from the 3 middle schools this year due to population demographics.

Enquiries for admissions should be directed to Mark Simpson, Head of School.

Number of admissions Number of places available
September 2013 Intake 326 320
September 2014 Intake 324 320
September 2015 Intake 318 320
Projected September 2016 Intake 306 320

Wansbeck Festival 2016

On 16th March 2016 Newminster and Chantry steel pannists took part in the Wansbeck Festival. They competed in many classes through out the day including solos, small ensembles and steel bands.
Caitlin J said, “It was a great experience for all of us who participated and we thoroughly enjoyed it. At first, I felt nervous, but the end result was amazing and I have learnt a lot about how to perform.”

Well done to everyone who took part and Miss Gilberg and all her wonderful tuition.

Under 13 Ensemble – 
1st – Eve M, Harry J and Georgina F (CMS)
2nd – Holly P, Megan W (CMS)
3rd – Victoria S and Erin C (NMS)
Under 11 Solo – 1st Lottie G-S (CMS)
Under 13 Solo – 1st Eve M (CMS)
Steel Band Under 13 – 
2nd – Chantry 5 and Newminster 3
Steel Band Under 11 – 
2nd  – Chantry 1 and 2
3rd – Newminster 1 and 2 


Sky Mentor Visit

imageSky mentor Katie Storie visited Chantry on Thursday 17th March to work with our sports leaders. Katie also did a whole school assembly where she shared with Chantry pupils her personal journey to representing her country.

Year 6 House matches were held on Thursday 17th March. Pupils enjoyed taking part in games of football and high 5 netball.

Theatre Royal

Picture2Year 7 and 8 pupils took a trip to the Theatre Royal last week to see the dramatic stage production of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

“I enjoyed the experience of the theatre more than seeing a film at the cinema.  The actors showed passion and emotion throughout the show.   The set was amazing and so realistic.  Overall, I give the performance 10/10.”  Laurence M

“I thought the trip was amazing.  The acting was so realistic.  So realistic that it was in fact actually scary!”  Christian G

“I really enjoyed the show – it was an amazing experience.  I would definitely watch it all over again.  My favourite parts were the hunting scenes as the actors performed them in slow motion and the lighting effects made the atmosphere fantastic.  It is one of the best plays I have ever seen and I will be talking about it for a long time to come.”  Erin B

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Les Menuires 2016

Some of our students are off to Les Menuires, France this week.

Follow their adventures here:

The North Teen East Book Award

IMG_4832Last Wednesday, twelve students from Chantry, Newminster and King Edwards, attended the North East Teen Book Award ceremony at The Centre for Life in Newcastle. All were really looking forward to meeting the authors of the six books that they’ve been studying since October. Some were rather nervous because they would shortly be presenting one of the authors to an audience of about five hundred peers and adults!

The Teen Book Award is aimed at Y10 students and presents a considerable challenge for Key Stage 3 in terms of the number of books to be read, their themes and complexity. It’s also fair to say that, sometimes, the subject matter can be controversial. It’s greatly to the credit of our younger students that they’re so keen to give it a go!

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Parents PTA

The PTA meeting minutes from March are now available to view on the Parents PTA webpage. To view the new minutes and previous month’s minutes click here.

British Science Week 2016

BSW_logo_2016_3British Science Week takes place between the 11th and 20th of March 2016. The majority of the events at Chantry took place on Friday 11th of March. We had the entire day devoted to enrichment activities relating to the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The aim of all of the activities was to:

  • Engage every student in a range of STEM enrichment activities
  • Raise the profile of STEM subjects at Chantry
  • Help the students see the fun side of STEM

Year 5 students went to the Life Science Centre in Newcastle to see the Robot, Cyborgs and Androids exhibition and take part in a ‘Science of Sound’ workshop. The Life Science Centre were doing their press release for British Science Week on the 11th, so keep an eye out for Chantry students on the local news and in the press.

Year 6 students took part in a carousel of activities that included:Tom2016

  • Technology Tom
  • Creepy Crawley Roadshow
  • Dove Marine Lab
  • Printing using the heat press
  • Marble Run Challenge
  • Spaghetti Towers (structures project)

Year 7 students went to Newcastle University to take part in a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) day. All students had a tour of the campus and took part in some workshops linked crime scene investigation. The workshops took place in the STEM room, FMS room and HaSS room to allow the students to see and use a range of the University facilities.

Year 8 students took part in a carousel of activities that were run by STEM Ambassadors and KEVI students:


  • Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Shasun Pharma Solutions
  • Newcastle University School of Marine Science
  • Siemens
  • KEVI Student Science Ambassadors

Many thanks to all of the parents and visitors that supported the event. More information about some of the activities will be in our next newsletter.

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Chantry welcomes some special guests

20160308_135048 (2)Chantry had a few international visitors this week.  Fatima, from Saudi Arabia, and Zhambyl, from Kazakhstan, are both studying for an MA at Newcastle University and spent a few days with us in school to compare our education system with their own.

Fatima joined Year 6 to talk about her culture and the Al-Janadriyah Festival which celebrates the country’s heritage.

“It was great to have Fatima in school.  She had a lot to say about Saudi Arabia and it was all very interesting.”  Rebecca W

“I enjoyed hearing about the traditional dress in Fatima’s country.  I didn’t know that it is against the law for women to walk around outside without a head covering but if they are in their own homes, they don’t have to wear it.”  Lottie G-S

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