Volume 2 Issue 23 

International Women's Day 

May I begin by saying a simple ‘welcome back’ to all of our pupils and staff. It is wonderful to have the life breathed back in to the school buildings again, and to hear laughter and chatter on the corridors. I truly hope that we are now back for good!

On Tuesday of this week, our digital assembly was dedicated to International Women’s Day. Introduced by our Head of School, Anoushka, staff and students spoke movingly about the women from across the world and throughout history who have inspired and motivated them in their own lives. From scientists to sporting icons, the lives and achievements of some incredible women were revealed to the whole school. Whilst in recent decades much progress has undoubtedly been made in fostering equality of opportunity and recognition for all, regardless of gender, nonetheless there is much yet to do to ensure that we as a society throw off deeply ingrained traditions and preconceptions about gender.

For many centuries, King Edward’s was a boys’ school. We are proud that we have been co-educational for nearly 40 years, and that we have played our part in educating and shaping generations of women who have become influential and respected leaders in a range of professions and roles. This academic year we became the first independent school in our region to become a Gender Action Supporter, pledging to challenge gender stereotypes and promote awareness of inequalities. Girls - and boys - at our school will continue to be encouraged to be aspirational and to follow their passions, regardless of where they may lie. And we will continue to draw inspiration from amazing, trailblazing women who have made a difference for us all.

Neal Parker


Neal Parker

Whole School Notices

Summer Term INSET Day

Please would parents note that we will now begin the summer term on Monday 19 April, with a full, normal teaching day. The staff inset day, originally scheduled for Monday 19 April, will instead move to Friday 28 May, immediately before the summer half term break. This will allow our teaching staff to use Friday 28 May for departmental marking and moderation of the completed GCSE and A Level assessments, but will still give every student the same number of days in school next half term. It will also give our public examination students an additional day of preparation for the summer assessments.

Second and Third Testing Schedule 

Please see below the schedule for testing next week.

Monday 15 MarchSecond YearLower Sixth
Tuesday 16 MarchThird YearFirst Year
Wednesday 17 MarchFourth YearNo Testing
Thursday 18 MarchSecond Year Lower Sixth
Friday 19 MarchThird YearEnd of in-school testing

Self-Test Kits 

Students in the Fifth Year and Upper Sixth were issued with their self-test kits today. All students will have two packs each containing three tests and a booklet to provide guidance regarding completing the test. Tests should be completed twice a week, once at the weekend and once mid-week. The school must be informed of any positive tests but does not need to know about negative test results. These will last until the end of the spring term. Parents will be informed regarding the Summer Term when details have been issued from the Department for Education.

Pupils in other year groups will be issued with the same number of tests on Friday 19 March.

KES Charity Hoodies 

All KES Charity hoodies ordered before Christmas, can now be collected from Miss McGinn in the Art Department. If students would like to place an order, please visit KESPAY using the code: KP958. 

First Year Notices 

Language Options

First Year parents are reminded that preferences for the second modern foreign language option for the Second Year are due Friday 19 March. A link to the online form can be found here.

House Football Tournament 

On Friday 19 March, the House football tournament will be taking place after school. All matches will be completed in time for the late buses and the event is open to boys and girls. 

Students should be in normal school uniform during the school day. After period 6 has been completed, boys will use the DT changing rooms and girls will use outdoor changing rooms by the netball courts. 

Second Year Notices 

Activity Day 

Please read this letter from Mrs Henderson, regarding the Second Year activity day. 

Third Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Fourth Year Notices 

Exams Update

Please read this letter from Dr Waymark, outlining further details regarding this summer’s GCSE and A Level arrangements.

Fifth Year Notices 

March Assessments 

March assessments will begin on Tuesday 16 March and will run until Thursday 25 March, with normal lessons resuming on Friday 26 March. During this time Fifth Year students will be on study leave. Students are welcome to attend school when they do not have an assessment, as there will be designated study rooms available.

Exams Update 

Please read this letter from Dr Waymark, outlining further details regarding this summer’s GCSE and A Level arrangements.

Lower Sixth Notices 

No notices this week 

Upper Sixth Notices 

Exams Update 

Please read this letter from Dr Waymark, outlining further details regarding this summer’s GCSE and A Level arrangements.

Welcome back to everyone!! 

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome back our pupils this week. We hope everyone enjoyed being back. 

World Down Syndrome Day - Rock Your Socks!

We will be marking World Down Syndrome Day on Friday 19 March. 

We are inviting all students to ‘Rock Your Socks’ for the day! This global initiative raises awareness and promotes inclusion by inviting pupils to wear colourful socks; the more colourful, the better. 

This activity will be in aid of Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association, so please bring in a donation to Group Base, if you wish to participate. This is a day close to our hearts here at KES and we hope to see as many of you as possible supporting this.

Music Competition

The annual Music Competition will be taking place on Wednesday 5 May and will be adjudicated by Ruth Rogers, principal violinist of the London Mozart Players. Categories this year include Grades V-VII and Grade VIII+. Application forms are available from Miss Barnett and we warmly encourage you to apply by Friday 23 April. All previous entrants have been included but if you wish to amend your piece please speak to Miss Barnett before this date.

Classic Lecture 

Mrs Meredith, Head of Classics, would like to invite you to her next online lecture, given by Dr Anne Cotton, Head at Portsmouth Grammar School. The lecture is titled 'Tending seeds and souls: Ideas for Education in Plato's Phaedrus'. 

The event will be held at 7pm via zoom on Tuesday 16 March. Register your details on here to attend. 

KES Library Literary Review 

This week's special issue of the KES Literary Review, celebrates International Women's Day.

Each week the newsletter features guest reviewers to share their opinions on recent or favourite reads. Click on the images below to read the newsletter in PDF format. 


The full after school practice schedule can be found here

Summer Term 

We intend to run normal sport fixtures for the Summer Term. Students will be given more information in their games lessons before the end of term.

Saturday sport 

The sports department are delighted to be offering students the following sports sessions on 13 and 20 March.  With no fixtures to prepare for these are not compulsory, but we do hope that as many students as possible will take the opportunity to get out and be active.


Hill Lane 

U12:  9 -10.15

U13: 10.15- 11.30

U14: 11.30- 12.45


U15: 9 - 10.15

U16: 10.15 - 11.30

Sixth Form: 11.30  12.45



U12: 11 - 12.30 

U13: 9.30 -11 

Hill Lane 

U14: 11.30 - 12.30 

U15: 10.30 - 11.30 

U16: 9.30 - 10.30 

Sixth Form: 9.30 - 10.30


Friday 26 March - Last day of Term