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School buses cover a 35 mile radius, and you may well see their philosophy quotes darting past on their way in to Bede’s. There is some real effort to be true to these sayings - they’re not just sounds bites to sell places. Pupils say, ‘you don’t have to fit the mould’, and the appreciation of individuals is clear not just in their choice of activity, but also their choice of appearance, with no attachment to traditions empty of meaning: boys can have...

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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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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

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Sports

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2016, Peter Goodyer (Rhodes, BA, Keele, MBA), previously deputy then acting head at Colston’s school, Bristol. First came to this country from his native South Africa as a teacher of history and geography to a school in Leatherhead, and never went home. Dad was a vicar, and there is something of the pastor with flock about Mr Goodyer: he wants his pupils to make a difference in their community and the world, and understand what it means to give of themselves.

Pupils are very enthusiastic about him: ‘easy to talk to’; ’knows us all’; ‘down to earth’; ‘his priority is our well-being…and the teachers’ well-being…and the bus drivers' and the cleaners'…’. Pupils find Mr Goodyer ‘accessible’, in what he says and how he says it, and although some parents might...

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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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