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Surrounded by fields on all but its southern aspect, with a cluster of smaller buildings round about, it sits like a benign hen comfortably supervising its offspring, assured that all can run about safely in a healthy, beautiful, open space. We visited at the end of a long day and were astonished by the bright-eyed vitality of the teachers. They told us of the new topic with which each term is launched in each classroom: 'It's so exciting - they can't wait to come in and see what we're going to do!' Dance is serious - remember that Bede's is home to The Legat Dance School...


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What the school says...

The purpose of a school is to prepare its pupils for a rich, rewarding life. At Bede's this is our privilege and our specialism. Our philosophy means that whether a child is a drama scholar, maths prodigy or aspiring computer programmer they will have the specialist facilities and dedicated staff they need to surpass all expectations - including their own.

We support and enrich every individual, guiding them through lessons, supporting them on the sports field and connecting them with their passions through our expansive flexible activities programme. Our pupils are with us for their crucial, formative years, and we enable them to embrace the challenges and opportunities they will meet in their life beyond.

We expect a lot of each other at Bede's, and we will inspire our pupils to expect a lot of themselves. You will not find the same personalised, holistic, wholly educational experience anywhere else, and this helps us to ensure that every individual at Bede's has the chance to become extraordinary.
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Since 2013, Giles Entwisle (BA, Loughborough). Previously deputy head at Highfield; has also been head of year, housemaster and head of MFL at Holmewood House, near Tunbridge Wells.

‘All the parents love him,’ said one, ‘he’s fabulous.’ Pupils love him too – ‘really kind’; ‘can talk to him and feel like you’re having a conversation’. This is not a school where they’ll brush you off with ‘not on the syllabus’: if you’re interested, it’s relevant. Bede's prides itself on encouraging individuals in their passions whatever they may be, and this head is keen for a challenge. What could they do for an astronomer, your reviewer asked at random: the junior galactic challenge, to create a habitat for humans on Mars… ‘Give me another one,’ said the head with relish.

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Special Education Needs

We have a strong Learning Support Department which is fully integrated within the school. Specialist teaching from staff on a 1:1 withdrawal basis is available. There are eight staff in the team all with SEN qualifications and outreach service is received from a Speech and Language Therapist. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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