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Bede's Senior School Virtual Tour

HEADMASTER'S WELCOME

We would usually invite you to visit our school for a tour of the facilities and to meet our staff and pupils. Unfortunately, we are not able to welcome you in person due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, so we have put together this virtual online tour which we hope provides you with an insight not only into our facilities, but also into our ethos and values which underpin Bede’s.

Please take a look at the videos on the pages below.

‘Not a typical public school... as you imagine them to be’, said a parent. ‘Bede’s has more variety... it has the diversity that a modern school needs.’

Life at Bede's

House Life

School life is built around its houses; every pupil belongs to either a day or a boarding house which provides a nurturing hub for pupils and forms an important part of the School’s structure. Each house has its own identity and pupils form a strong sense of allegiance to their house which comes to the fore during the many house competitions which run throughout the year, including the keenly contested House Music. Each teacher is linked to a house and is a personal tutor within one, overseen by a Housemaster or Housemistress.

Bede’s has three boys’ day houses and two girls’ day houses and each house has around 80 pupils in it, from First Year to Upper Sixth. An alternative to being part of a day house, is to become a day boarder whereby a pupil is attached to a boarding house staying at school in the evenings for prep and supper, taking the late bus service home.

The houses provide important social context via formal dinners and other events which bring staff and pupils across the year groups together. In addition, whole school and year based socials run across the year as well as a number of events at which parents are encouraged to attend.

‘Caters to all sorts’, said a parent of three very different children who previously attended three very different schools in Surrey, but were and are happily accommodated at Bede’s.

Academic and Co-Curricular

Bede’s prides itself on personalising education to suit every child, ensuring that school fits around the individual rather than the other way around.

In order to deliver these values, we are committed to offering breadth across both academic and co-curricular spheres.

Our First Year Programme for example, encourages pupils to explore new academic pathways, alongside the core subjects, via carousels which offer diverse subjects including politics and psychology. Pupils are also able to acquire practical knowledge in areas such as first aid and personal finance.

Our GCSE curriculum is also broad and as pupils are necessarily required to jettison some subjects in order to narrow their focus, they can draw from the options available within the Co-Curricular Programme to keep interests alive as hobbies rather as academic pursuits. Pupils can also take advantage of a range of academic enrichment opportunities which run as twilight sessions, including masterclasses for those with a particular passion for a subject.

We also invest in our Sixth Form Programme in order to ensure that as pupils begin to specialise, we are able to offer the breadth of choice which will cater for diverse academic interests. Along with A levels and the Pre U qualification, we also offer BTEC qualifications in subjects such as PE, Business and Animal Management. Elsewhere we maintain a strong commitment to modern as well as classical languages with superlative teaching on offer with our Humanities and STEM departments.

Bede’s Sixth Form pupils also have the opportunity to participate in the Bede’s Diploma which provides a formal framework to evidence base skills and experience gained outside the classroom such as independent study, through the Extended Project Qualification, leadership skills and voluntary work.

Bede’s is regarded particularly highly for its Co-Curricular Programme which runs three afternoons a week with 100 different options on offer. For many pupils these afternoons provide the time in the school week when they can devote themselves to sport and the performing and visual arts. Bede’s is has a highly regarded Performing Arts Programme offering its own dance school, the Legat School of Dance, which allows pupils who are aiming to pursue a career in the performing arts to study dance alongside their academic pogramme. Our musicians are offered a wealth of performance opportunities which features orchestral and jazz ensembles alongside the “blue riband” Cabaret. Our dramatists perform challenging plays in our school theatre as well as showcasing their skills in professional theatres such and even the Edinburgh Fringe.

The Co-Curricular Programme also provides pupils with opportunities to help others through the various volunteering and community outreach options as well as academic enrichment in the form of clubs and societies such as debating, philosophy, life-drawing or UK Space Design.

Finally, this ring-fenced time in the school week can provide important time to enjoy a game or hobby such as Dungeons and Dragons, downland walking or snooker with others.

Finally, pupils at Bede’s are provided with the specialist expertise they need outside the classroom in order to thrive within it. This includes our EAL (English as an Additional Language) and Learning Enhancement departments.

‘Good communication from tutor and housemaster’, said a parent who lives abroad. ‘They really look after my son.... he’s very secure in the boarding environment’.

Sport at Bede's

Sport plays a fundamental part of life at Bede’s.

We offer a nationally-recognised programme, world-class facilities and specialist coaches as well as a strong commitment to driving participation in tandem with supporting performance pathways for elite athletes.

We offer Academy Programmes in football, cricket, hockey and tennis. We are considered to be one of the top cricket schools nationally and have retained the U18s boys County Cup 9 out of the last 12 years. Our U15 boys were national champions in 2018 and U15 girls took national honours in 2019, with the U17 boys team national runners up in the same year.

In football we have 14 teams playing competitively and run two training sessions per week as well as weekend fixtures. Unusually our programme also runs throughout the school year rather than just during the winter. This year, Bede’s won the HUDL league which brings together the top 9 footballing schools in the country. Bede’s Football Programme offers genuine strength and depth.

Our hockey programme offers a two-term club season with up to 15 hours contact time each week, coached by staff working within the international game. Our participation pathway offers the opportunity to play recreationally across all three terms as well as access coaching alongside performance players.

Bede’s has long been recognised for its tennis programme. Our Performance Team are coached twice a week by a Level 5 coach and our players regularly take County titles and are regular competitors at the National Championships which features only the top national tennis schools. Training for all levels in offered twice a week throughout the year.

Beyond our Academy sports we offer a range of other sports including Netball and Swimming at a competitive level and pupils also train and compete for the School in golf, shooting, squash, athletics, badminton, basketball and riding.

All our sporting programmes are underpinned by our ground-breaking Strength and Conditioning coaching.

Sports facilities which could serve a small town - ‘second to none’, said a parent, and the sports coaching is outstanding, say parents and pupils

For more information, please contact us via telephone on +44 (0) 1323 356609 or email us via admissions@bedes.org.