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King Edward VI Academy

King Edward VI offers every child the opportunity to fulfil their academic, creative and sporting potential to ensure each and every child achieves academic success.


Everyone at King Edward belongs to a House - a community that works together, competes as a team and supports good causes.

The four Houses are named after important people - Willoughby, Newton, Tennyson and Franklin.

You can find out more about each House's inspiration and the values they hold dear in their web page.  The web page also shows any news articles that were marked as being of interest to that House.  There is a sense of friendly competition between the Houses - all are proud to be part of King Edward VI Academy. One area where we hope the four Houses will strive to outdo each other is in raising money for charity and good causes.  Each House will share the information about who their chosen charity is, and their progress in fundraising in their own page.

Franklin House


In Franklin our motto is ‘We Will’ and it is exactly up to us what ‘we will’ do. We will inspire, we will be brave, we will be diverse, we will challenge ourselves, we will work hard, and we will achieve.


Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin (16 April 1786 – 11 June 1847) was a British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer. Franklin also served as governor of Tasmania for several years. In his last expedition, he disappeared while attempting to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. Sir John was a Spilsby man and as our house is named after him, we feel an immense responsibility to honour his memory. He may not have been as successful as he is often given credit for but he tried and was extremely courageous. These are the qualities that we expect of all students in Franklin in all aspects of their life. Sir John Franklin was an adventurer prepared to seize the day in the pursuit of his goals and this quality is still espoused in his eponymous house.

Newton House


Due to Isaac Newton’s work on proposing the laws of gravity, students in Newton house have the motto ‘pull together’, this means that Newton members are encouraged to make extra efforts to help one another and other members of the school, essentially ‘pulling together’ during times of challenge. Alongside this, Newton himself faced various difficulties throughout his career and life so members of Newton house are encouraged to develop this same sense of self belief and confidence that they can achieve and exceed their ambitions during and beyond their time at KEVI!


Sir Isaac Newton was born on the 25th December 1642. He was born at Woolsthorpe near Grantham in Lincolnshire, the only son of a prosperous local farmer who died before Isaac was born. At the age of three, he was looked after by his grandmother when his mother re-married. He did not seek out the company of other children preferring instead to occupy himself inventing small toys. When Isaac was twelve he was reunited with his mother following the death of her second husband. He then started school for the first time and attended King’s School in Grantham. At school he was considered to be a poor student but he went on to graduate from Cambridge University. He lived a very long life only dying at the age of 84 in 1727. Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, alchemist and theologian. Significant work by Newton includes the principles of conservation related to momentum and angular momentum, the refraction of light, an empirical law of cooling, the building of the first practical telescope and much more. Newton moved to London in 1696 and took up a role as the Warden of the Royal Mint, overseeing the production of the Pound Sterling. Newton was known to have said that his work on formulating a theory of gravitation was inspired by watching an apple fall from a tree. A story well publicized to this very day. Sir Isaac Newton has been considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived.

Tennyson House


The Tennyson House motto is “Per unitatem vi” through unity and strength. This perfectly sums up the team spirit and togetherness we foster in Tennyson House. Our house members regularly support each other in inter-house competitions and our House Captains are excellent role models to younger students demonstrating how collaboration across the years groups engenders a strong sense of unity and community. Form Sports Captains also play a huge role in Tennyson’s values as they support their own form and work along side the House Captains to make sure Tennyson is leading the way.


Alfred Lord Tennyson was born in 1809 and died in 1892. He was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, the son of a rector and one of 12 children. His father was comfortably well off for a country clergyman and Tennyson spent many summers in Mablethorpe and Skegness. Tennyson first studied at Louth Grammar School and later went on to study at Trinity College, Cambridge. Unfortunately his father died in 1831 and Tennyson was unable to finish his degree. Instead he had to return to the family home. He was Poet Laureate of the UK during much of Queen Victoria’s day right up until his death in 1892. He remains one of the most popular poets in the English language. You will probably be familiar with some of the following phrases from his work even if you did not know they were by Tennyson: “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”, “Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die.”

Willoughby House


Willoughby's motto is 'Be the best you', and this is what we expect from all of our house members. Willoughby students lead the school by exemplifying the values we hold dear:


  • Caring for each other
  • Always trying our best
  • Supporting each other 
  • Always having positive attitudes

These values are regularly reflected in the achievements of some of our students.


Willoughby House is rooted in local history and named after a famous Willoughby family who founded the original King Edward VI Grammar School in 1550. The Willoughby family inherited the manor of Eresby in 1290 which includes the land of Spilsby and surrounding area. John Willoughby, 3rd Baron Willoughby - fought with the Black Prince in the French wars, particularly distinguishing himself at the Battle of Poitiers, 1356. His tomb resides in the local church.