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  • Bede's Preparatory School
    Duke's Drive
    Eastbourne
    East Sussex
    BN20 7XL
  • Head: Mr Giles Entwisle
  • T 01323 734222
  • F 01323 746438
  • E prep.admissions@bedes.org
  • W www.bedes.org
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 1 to 13 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: East Sussex
  • Pupils: 389
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day: £9,675 - £16,455; Boarding Supplement: £7,650 pa
  • Open days: May and October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: Bede's School

What says..

Space is a key asset and to anyone used to, for example, an urban prep or primary, Bede's is a revelation... Sports are exceptional - and not just because of facilities - at both ends of the spectrum... 'My parents wish they could have come here.'

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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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2013, Mr Giles Entwisle BA (French, politics and economics at Loughborough) PGCE (late 40s). He came from a deputy headship at Highfield, prior to which he was head of year, housemaster and head of MFL at Holmewood House, near Tunbridge Wells. An enthusiastic, ambitious and engaging, career prep school man, he and senior school head Dr Maloney are a mutually appreciative team, sharing a vision of Bede's and its shining potential. Mr Entwisle, a keen skier - so, clear-sighted, focussed and energetic - has a palpable commitment to getting the best out of everyone - pupils and staff alike. Married to a Spaniard and school fosters many links with Spain. Oh - and he is an expert juggler, always useful for a headmaster.

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
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
Not Applicable
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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