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Art, again, the stand-out subject in terms of results, but this is not - thankfully - a results-driven school. The point here is to be 'better' - school unfussed about league tables save those which measure value added - and Bede's scores very highly here. 'We prove you can have great results with inspired, holistic teaching.'  Bede's is home to the Legat School of Dance and dance attracts much young talent to the school. One large and two smaller studios - the large one is light and lined with photos from the school's history. For some, dance increases in importance and they leave to pursue careers in this area...

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What the school says...

Bede's inspires young people to achieve in every facet of their educational experience. We place the individual and their passions at the heart of what we do. Our pupils are encouraged to go beyond their academic successes to develop as whole people. We engage them in pursuits that liberate their creativity and talents, revealing their pathways to future success.

Bede's philosophy of breadth and excellence in the academic curriculum as well as our range of cultural, aesthetic, intellectual and sporting activities outside the classroom serves our pupils' uniqueness very well. Most importantly, these enriching experiences are open to everyone and not just to an elite few. We place development of values at the heart of school life. Young people need the opportunity to experiment, embrace responsibility, lead, succeed and, because we learn more from adversity, venture beyond where they are comfortable.

Our aim is for each child to make an outstanding contribution in all aspects of their lives: in school, in the local community and the wider world. We will do everything we can to make that happen.
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What the parents say...

Our daughter joined Bedes in year 9. She had been a pupil at another local well known private school since the age of 3, and was happy, however, we thought she would struggle academically as she approached the time to face public exams etc. it was a tough decision to move schools, particularly as our son had completed his entire school career at the same school. We chose Bedes for our daughter, as we felt she would benefit from the extra curricular activities and enjoy not being in such a 'hot house' enviroment. From day one we have not looked back, our daughter has flourished at Bedes and has changed from a child who was happy to coast along getting by, to a young lady who is ambitious, confident, and totally believes in herself both socially and academically. Our daughter boards at Bedes and thoroughly enjoys her school life. her tutor and housemistress are the most wonderful and supportive individuals you could want as role models for your child, and the staff have encouraged and supported her with her studies. Our daughter has achieved 3 A stars and 6 straight As at GCSE level and this is though her sheer hard work and desire to make her school and her teachers proud of her. (Not bad for a child who joined the school as a middle, bottom rate student from her previous school!) We are extremely pleased with Bedes as a school and look forward to watching our daughter develop further during her sixth form career at the school. We thoroughly recommend the school, the ethos of the school is wonderful. Thank you Bedes

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Graphics) at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking German at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

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Sports

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since September 2016, Peter Goodyer, previously deputy head at Colston's School in Bristol. Educated at Rhodes University in South Africa (BA in psychology, postgrad diploma in international relations and PGCE in secondary education) with an MBA in education from Keele, he started his career as a history teacher and sports coach at St Andrew's College in Grahamstown, South Africa. He moved on to St John's Leatherhead (head of psychology and housemaster) before joining Colston's, where he has been interim as well as deputy head. He is married to Laura, also a teacher, and they have a young son.

Academic matters

Unusually large range of GCSE options includes two popular business courses, Mandarin, dance and PE alongside all the more predictable options. Also popular are art, history and geography. Impressive results in art and the sciences in...

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Special Education Needs

All who have contact with the department describe it as outstanding. The newly appointed Director of Learning Enhancement is Mrs Cath MacGregor, a very well-qualified and experienced SENCo. The school has 25% of its students on the SEN register, with the majority of these pupils having dyslexia. Qualified staff with varying specialities give a broad service, eg SEN teachers also teach in the mainstream school to GCSE. A strong inclusion policy gives pupils plenty of support throughout their GCSE and A level programmes and the choice of programme is made according to their strengths. The SEN staff are fully supported by the headmaster and school staff with good communication apparent so that all departments are aware of and act upon an individual's needs.

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 Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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
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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