Volume 2 Issue 4 

On Flourishing 

‘We nurture and support our pupils, so that they flourish and exceed their expectations in their learning, interests, relationships and emotional development. Our goal is that they become intellectually curious, resilient, confident and ready for their next steps’.

Over the past year, we have been re-examining our core values as a School. From this term, we have adopted this new ethos statement. Now, don’t get me wrong… I believe that we have always held these values to be true. I fervently hope that we have always tried to help our pupils to exceed their expectations not only in their academic pursuits, but across a range of co-curricular opportunities and activities. I know that we have always sought to allow every child in our care not only to succeed in their examinations, but to grow up as moral, confident, grounded young adults.

But we did not feel that these fundamental beliefs were being fully captured by our previous aims and objectives. And so, we now have a new ethos statement, and alongside it a new set of school aims and objectives.

If I could pick a single word from this statement, it would be ‘flourish’. Indeed, if you go to our website and read our more detailed aims and objectives, you will see that it is this very word which is most often front and centre. Flourishing means growing. It means focusing on the progress of the individual child, rather than on their ‘place in the race’ when compared to others. Flourishing is celebrating the process of learning, and understanding that ultimate goals and desired outcomes are improved by this focus. It does not mean dumbing down, nor removing the pressures that we each need to learn to face. It does not mean ‘being happy’ in a twee Walt Disney sense of the word (although we do everything we can to make sure that the pupils are happy at KES!). It means growing your curiosity, your resilience and your emotional and intellectual maturity. It means having a sense of purpose and place.

As we move forwards as a school, I am excited that we will be focusing on flourishing. I want your child to flourish, so that our school, the wider community and ultimately our society can also flourish under their stewardship.

Neal Parker


So that the School can respond quickly to any positive Covid-19 test; if your son/ daughter test positive for Covid-19 could parents send an email immediately to the address below stating their child’s name and tutor group. Your child must then self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days. This address can be used 24/7 but please only use it for confirming a positive test. No other absence form will need to be completed.

Urgent Uniform Donations Needed

As many of you are fully aware, we have supply issues with Stevensons, specifically regarding tracksuit bottoms and midlayers (tracksuit tops), where the demand has been extraordinary and the supply not straightforward. To try and clothe our pupils in the correct PE kit as soon as possible, the PTA OBNO shop has come up with a plan.

  • Please, please, PLEASE donate any outgrown but not outworn items of kit to OBNO. Ask you son/daughter to hand it in at reception labelled with your name.
  • If you need tracksuit bottoms or midlayer, please fill in this form. As soon as a donation comes in that matches the size you need, you can pay online and then your child can collect it in school once payment is received.

We really hope that this will alleviate some of the problems that parents are currently having, and ensure that all pupils are in the correct kit. If you are in urgent need of any other item of school uniform, please contact, which is checked by parent volunteers. Please note that this system is incredibly high-maintenance for the volunteers and will not continue beyond September!

A Message From The Bournemouth Branch of Stevensons 

Please see here a message from the Bournemouth branch of Stevensons, in regards to ordering uniform. 

New Parents' Evening

Unfortunately, due to the current situation with Covid-19, the New Parents’ Evening was held in a different format. Information on the sessions that would usually be presented on the evening have been made available online. The sessions include the following;

  • Role of the KES PTA
  • Developing Healthy Relationships with School
  • Social Media
  • Health and Wellbeing at KES
  • Sport at KES
  • Overview of our Digital Systems for Parents

The aim of these sessions is to give new parents to the School more information about transition and pastoral issues. The information can be accessed using this link

Sixth Form Guide 

Fifth Year Pupils and Parents

A copy of the Sixth Form Guide has been sent home with your child today. This contains information about specific subjects at A level, as well as more general information about our Sixth Form. Included with the guide is further information regarding financial assistance (also available here), and an application form for Sports Scholarships.

Sports Scholarships are available for students entering the Sixth Form. The awards are intended to recognise the ability of current elite sports performers, to enable the school to support the athletes in their continued development towards excellence in the sporting arena and to build on the considerable success of our sports teams in recent years. Successful applicants would be members of the Elite Sports Performer Programme and would in addition be allocated a mentor from the sports department to support them as they strive to fulfil both their sporting and academic aspirations. Applicants would be expected to have competed at the equivalent to regional level or higher in their chosen sport and whilst applicants are considered from all sports, recipients of an award would be expected to play a significant part in the sporting life of the school. Any enquires about the awards or the process should be directed in the first instance to Mr Kent, Director of Sport.

Careers Survey

New KES Parents 

We would like the assistance of parents who are brand new to KES this year with our Careers Programme. The Careers Programme at King Edward’s includes a range of opportunities for pupils to engage with the world of work. This year is likely to prove extremely challenging in terms of our ability to provide work shadowing placements, visits to employers and visits of professionals to school. We are very keen to resume these activities when the situation allows and, in the meantime, are working hard to provide support through other means such as virtual interviews and presentations and virtual work experience placements. We rely heavily on assistance from employers and professionals and, with that in mind, would be very grateful if you would complete this short survey indicating what support, if any, you are prepared to offer to our Careers Programme both now and in the future.

Online Physics Courses from the Smallpeice Trust

The Smallpeice Trust offers Physics and Engineering courses for students with an interest in this area. The below course has just been released which may be of interest to your child.

Fifth Year Girls 


How close are we to finding dark matter? What happens in temperatures that approach absolute zero? How can we know so much about stars so far away? From particle physics and accelerators to condensed matter and astronomy, on this event you’ll explore the world around us in an interactive, engaging and creative way. For more info click here.

Physics in Action Trip

Upper Sixth 

The Physics department have arranged for the Upper Sixth to watch five lectures of phenomenal physics which will be streamed to them by the brightest lights in the field in London! We will now be covering the cost for all students to attend this show, live from school.

Any queries please email Mr Simm

Sixth Form Charitable Opportunities

If you are interested in applying for PDSA, Sholing Partnerships Project, and/or Summer Camp please refer to the google classroom and complete an application form found there.

Code for the classroom is: izh64qg

All applications need to be completed by September the 30th.

HMC Baseline Testing 

First Year

All First Year pupils will be taking the MIDYIS test on Tuesday 29 September. The purpose of the test is to allow value-added calculations to be made when the GCSE/IGCSE results for these pupils are known. The test consists of mathematical and reasoning exercises and will be completed in less than an hour. The test is taken on-screen. Pupils do not need to prepare for the test in any way.

The results allow the School to set a baseline for all pupils that allows individual progress to be monitored objectively. The test results are also stored at the CEM Centre at Durham University, which is the central body administering the tests.

Business & Economics Magazine Subscriptions

Departments recommended magazine subscriptions for those studying A Level Economics & A Level Business. Click on the relevant subject to review the recommendations and how to purchase. 

Geography Subscriptions 

The geography department have recommended magazine subscriptions for those studying geography in Third Year, IGCSE and at A-Level. Click on the relevant link to read about the recommended resources and how to purchase.

Lunch Menu 

To reduce dwell time in the dining room, we've shared the lunch menu for the following week below. Please ensure all students are familiar with the menu ahead of their allocated lunch slot. 

Week 4MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
SALAD BARBowled Tossed Salad w/ ColeslawBowled Tossed Salad w/ Coleslaw
Bowled Tossed Salad w/ Coleslaw
Bowled Tossed Salad w/ Coleslaw
Bowled Tossed Salad w/ Coleslaw



Grated Cheese

Baked Beans 

Garlic Bread

Spicy Sausage

Chicken Korma


Grated Cheese 

Baked Beans 

Garlic Bread

Chilli Beef

Italian Mushroom 


Grated Cheese 

Baked Beans 

Garlic Bread 


Chicken Tikka


Grated Cheese 

Baked Beans

Garlic Bread

Firecracker Chicken

Vegetable Chilli


Grated Cheese

Baked Beans

Garlic Bread

SOUPTomato & BasilCarrot & CorianderMexican Bean Potato & LeekMushroom

Ham & Cheese

Brie & Tomato 

Chicken Corn Mayo

Ham Salad 

Pesto Vegetable 

Cheese Salad

Sweet Chilli Chicken 

Tuna Mayo 


Pesto Chicken 

Sweet Chilli Vegetable 

Meatball Panini

BBQ Chicken

Three Cheese


Jumbo Hotdog

Beef & Vegetable Casserole 

Cheese & Tomato Pizza

Bolognese Pasta Bake

Beef Burger 

Chicken & Vegetable Puff Pastry Pie 

Mexican Chilli, Beef Nachos

Pork Steak Italiano

Battered Fish
Battered Fish Fingers

Jumbo Sausage Roll

VEGETARIANVegetable Puff Pastry Pie Vegetable & Pepper RisottoArrabiata Quorn FilletStir Fried Mushroom & VegetablesSpicy Bean Burger

Peas & Sweetcorn

Spicy Wedges 

Baton Carrots & Peas

Herby Diced Potatoes  

Cauliflower and Brocolli

Braised Rice

Mixed Vegetables


Baked Beans

Garden Peas

DESSERTSIced Orange Cake 


Jelly Pot 

Mixed Fruit Pot

Toffee Cream Tart 

Choco Rice Krispie Cake

Jelly Pot

Mixed Fruit Pot 

Chocolate Sponge 
Chocolate Sauce 

Eton Mess

Jelly Pot 

Mixed Fruit Pot 

Apple Cumble

Choc Chip Muffin

Jelly Pot 

Mixed Fruit Pot 

Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Sauce

Jam & Cream Scone

Jelly Pot 

Mixed Fruit Pot 

Important Change to Breakfast

In order to reduce handling of cash, from Monday 28th September, breakfast will need to be purchased with exact change. We have updated the pricing to round values, as per the menu available here, to ease the process.

Click the image below to enlarge the menu. 


Click on the dates to access full details of each fixture including meeting points and times. Please note, all sports fixtures are susceptible to change.

Saturday 26th September


vs. Ryde School

Boys U14A - Away

Boys U13A, Boys U12A - Home

Internal Matches

Boys U13B, Boys U13C, Boys U12B, Boys U12C – Home

523 Shoes collected!

The KES Charities Commission would like to say a huge thank you to all that contributed to the Sals Shoes Collection on Thursday and Friday last week. Some of your shoes travel up to 10,000 miles to find their new feet! Please find out more about the Sals Shoes Toe to Toe Campaign here.

KES Merchandise

The Charities Commission have ordered some of the below branded merchandise. Click the images below to enlarge.