Bede Academy Emmanuel Schools Foundation

Welcome to our Foundation Stage!

Welcome to Bede Academy. We are delighted that you have chosen to attend our Academy and we look forward to meeting you. We cannot meet you all in person at our ‘Welcome Meeting’ as we normally would but it’s lovely to be in contact with you through our virtual presentation. We hope you find it useful and that it answers some of the questions you may have. We will send you a more comprehensive handbook which will cover, in greater detail, everything you may wish to know about Bede Academy. Please ensure you read this handbook carefully.

Core Values

The Christian Ethos

We encourage our students to know that they are all equal in the sight of the God and that God loves them. We encourage them to know that they are ‘made in the image of God’ and we recognise them as wonderfully unique.

Our Mission

To encourage personal, moral and spiritual development within a Christian framework.

To provide all students and staff with the opportunity to work hard to achieve their personal best.

To create and sustain educational environments where everyone is equally valued.

Character Counts

Sometimes we speak of our Academy as being ‘character first’. In doing so, we are seeking to express our belief that the development of character is an end in itself.

We, as Bede Academy, are part of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation Multi-Academy Trust.

A message from the Principal

Mrs Harding (Principal), Mr Cochrane (Vice Principal) and Mrs Cooper (Assistant Vice Principal and SENCO)

Meet the Early Years Team


Miss Tweddell (Nursery teacher and Early Years Lead)

Reception teachers

Mrs May and Mrs Peddie
Miss Allen and Miss Elsender


To promote a Christian ethos in all aspects of the Academy.

To meet the needs of all children.

To provide a high quality service of care and education for children and their families in their earliest years.

To value all children and parents and to meet individual needs.


To create and promote a warm, caring, lively learning environment that is creative, fun and interesting, both indoors and outdoors, embracing racial and cultural diversity.

To enable children to reach their full potential by allowing them to develop inquiring minds, a positive attitude and physical skills to aid which will stay with them for life; we take into account any additional support children may need to achieve this.

To encourage children to become confident, independent, co-operative and a good communicator.

To work in partnership with parents/carers and professionals to heighten awareness of the child’s potential in line with their stage of development.


To encourage parents/carers to take positive interest in, and to contribute to, their child’s welfare and development as we value parents as their child’s first educators.

To ensure that all children feel safe and cared for in a nurturing, stimulating and creative environment.

To ensure all children are valued as individuals and to nurture confidence in themselves and what they can achieve, and to develop high self-esteem.

The Areas of Development

There are seven areas of learning and development through which your child will learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding. All these seven areas are important and inter-connected.

Personal, social and emotional development

Developing confidence in themselves and what they can do.

Developing independence whilst learning to concentrate for increasingly longer periods of time and to enjoy sharing as part of a larger group.

Physical development

Improving control and co-ordination of their bodies while learning to move and handle equipment safely.

Communication and language

Communicating with one another and developing skills in listening, attention, understanding and speaking. This area of learning is vitally important to success throughout all of the other areas.


Developing early reading and writing skills, showing an interest in stories and signs and symbols in the environment, developing early phonological awareness skills, such as rhyme, sounds and rhythm. Experimenting with marks as they begin to write with a purpose.


Using and applying ideas in a practical way about number, quantity, measurement, shape and space.

Understanding the world

Investigating and exploring their immediate environment, and learning about and beginning to understand the things, places and people in the wider world.

Expressive Arts and Design

Communicating ideas using a variety of media such as paint, clay and different materials and textures. Developing gross motor skills in response to sound and music.

Learning about shape in Reception.
We love learning from special visitors to our school.

Parent Partnership

We are committed to working in partnership with Parents/Carers. We will demonstrate this through:

Offering opportunities throughout the year to come to the Nursery and Reception to meet the staff and discuss the progress of your child.

Keeping you informed of your child’s progress and achievements.

Discussing our worries or concerns about your child with you in a sensitive and supporting way.

Providing your child with high quality play and early learning experiences which we will share with you.

Involving you in the life of the Nursery and Reception.

Working with you to help settle your child.

We are all very keen to see the children settle into Nursery and Reception as quickly as possible and become happy and confident individuals. If for any reason your child is upset when you leave Nursery or Reception, we will ring you after about 20 minutes to reassure you that they are settled.

We would appreciate your commitment to working in partnership by:

Arriving and collecting your child on time.

Supporting your child by contributing to the Nursery and Reception activities.


We operate a uniform policy with high standards.

The children at Nursery and Reception will have the same uniform as the other children in Bede Academy. More information can be found in the Handbook.

White ankle socks are to be worn with the gingham dress; the dress can be worn after the Easter holidays through to the start of the Autumn half term holiday (October) and is optional.

All children must wear plain, black, sensible shoes which can be polished (not patent). Shoes can be laced, buckled, Velcro or slip on but boots, moccasin or ballet style shoes are not permitted nor are fashion features such as buckles, logos, tags and flashing lights.

Coats should be plain, dark coloured (black, green, navy) without logos and similarly hats, scarves and gloves should also be plain and dark coloured. Novelty and character garments are not permitted.

Further information will be explained through our Handbook which you will receive shortly.

Finally, we very much look forward to welcoming you and your child into our Bede Academy family. To help you appreciate what school life is normally like please watch the video below.

Bede Academy 2020