Employer Number - 10608
St Bede's School
<p>St Bede’s opened in September 1976 as the World’s first joint Church of England and Roman Catholic School (founded at the same time as St Cuthbert Maine school in Plymouth). With the support of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops, St Joseph’s RC Secondary School and Bishop Simpson Church of England Girls’ School united to become the single Church Secondary school for the area.</p>
<p>Always seeking to develop, St Bede’s moved to welcome children from Free Church families as well as Anglicans and Roman Catholics. Local Free Churches are represented on our Governing Body, making us the only “officially” fully ecumenical Church school in the world. We are the only educational establishment to be formally recognised as a “local ecumenical project” by Churches Together in England.</p>
<p>In November 1988, the Bishops laid the foundation stone for new buildings that would bring all the school onto its present site (until then, part of the school was on Frenches Road). During 1999 the school saw a further major building programme to provide new accommodation for Science and to refurbish large parts of the school, providing new facilities for ICT, the Library, Careers, as well as new classrooms to allow subjects to be taught in “suites” of adjacent rooms. Autumn 2004 saw the opening of a £4.5 million “Arts Building” that houses Music, Drama, and Art along with Textiles, Food Technology, Media and Graphics, all in the most modern, spacious and excellent specialist facilities. This project produced further refurbishment in existing buildings for the sixth form, learning support and other subjects.</p>
<p>A high quality sports hall, which includes excellent fitness and dance/aerobics studios opened in September 2006 providing, for the first time, good PE and sports facilities for a school of this size. More than half of the cost of this £1.5M project, and a substantial contribution to the Arts Centre, was raised by parents and friends of the school through the “Building St Bede’s” appeal which raised over £800,000.</p>
<p>“Those committed to the pursuit of learning and teaching can claim Bede as their own. He is not a remote figure from a forgotten past. He embodies important values, points to enduring truths. We are, whether we recognise it or not, the result of the past; we are rooted in the achievements of others, just as our decisions and actions today will help to shape our future tomorrow.”</p>
<p>Cardinal Basil Hume</p>
<p>St Bede was born in 674 AD and spent most of his life at the monastery of St Paul in Jarrow. He is regarded as the father of English learning. As well as commentaries on the Bible and books on Church History, he wrote about Poetry, Geography & Mathematics and introduced the practice of naming years AD and BC. His great “Ecclesiastical History of the English People” is still an important source of information about the early history of this country. He died on May 25th 735 and is buried in Durham Cathedral. Each year, groups from the school visit Jarrow and other sites associated with Bede and pray for the school while gathered around his tomb.</p>
St Bede's is an excellent place to be a newly qualified teacher. Our size means that there is always a group of NQTs in the school, but our stability means that there will always be experienced and excellent teachers to work with and learn from. Our students respond positively and usually like teachers, so NQTs can quickly establish themselves as the kind of teachers they want to be.
Every NQT has the full reduction of timetable, an individual mentor in your subject, who is given time specifically to meet with you and a programme of seminars and meetings to address common issues. We always provide opportunities to observe colleagues and often to visit other schools. You will have full access to Surrey's events for NQTs.
All our NQTs agree that they have been strongly and well supported, which may be why so many win promotion within three years.
Although housing is expensive in this area, NQTs often find good affordable accommodation through existing staff (including one or two houses where several of our young staff share the house) and there are very strong "key worker" schemes in operation with officers who will help you. We are currently converting a building to provide three good "bed-sits" with shared kitchen, bath and shower rooms and a small sitting room, which will be available to rent at a very reasonable rate.This is an attractive and pleasant area to live in - in beautiful countryside close to London and the South Coast and convenient for Gatwick and Heathrow.
Headteacher and staff
Headteacher: Christopher Curtis BD(Hons), MEd
We have over 100 teachers and over 150 staff in total.
St Bede's is a warm, friendly and genuinely happy community with an extremely high quality of relationships between staff and between staff and students. This is backed by effective policies when required.
Students are very keen to learn and hightly involved in school life.
We do not stream overall, but setting is used where we believe there is benefit. We are committed to being a high achieving comprehensive school - with outcomes often in the top 5% nationally - more importantly value-added is very high.
A simple, straightforward uniform (based on jumper and trousers or skirt) is worn until Year 11. Students help to design it.
Homework is set for all years - recorded in each student's personal organiser
GNVQ and AVCE is offered in the sixth form, with a range of vocational courses in KS4 including construction, hairdressing, photography etc.
An excellent OfSTED report in 2003. We are listed in the Chief Inspector's annual report as a "particularly successful" school. Full details on the school website.
Extra Curricular Events
We have a very active extra-curricular programme from music to rock-climbing and sailing.
We also run activites for staff - the most recent was a day out in Bruges where 80% of the staff came.
Teaching and learning
St Bede's is an outstanding school, where students achieve at a very high level, and where most achieve considerably above expectations.