Founding Senior School Pupils Celebrate 40 Years


On Friday 26 April, we were delighted to welcome founding pupils and staff for a special anniversary celebration at The Dicker. 

It was wonderful to celebrate 40 years of the Senior School with our founding Headmasters (Peter Pyemont and Roger Perrin), staff and pupils at a special reunion dinner hosted by current Bede’s Headmaster Peter Goodyer and his wife Laura. There was an infectious warmth throughout the evening.


Guests travelled many miles from across the globe and the bustle and chatter over drinks in the Old Dining Hall gave to a wonderful atmosphere as pupils and staff were reunited, countless for the first time in decades.

And it was wonderful to hear the memories flooding back whilst touring what were once dormitories, classrooms and day houses.


Peter Pyemont gave an uplifting speech on the night and spoke of the origins of the school, born from a genuine need and demand for a co-educational school in Sussex.


As Roger said on the night, “two classrooms in the converted garages with views out to sea in Eastbourne turned out to be a rather ordinary preparation for learning French in the boudoir, chemistry under the guidance of a musician in the kitchen and science in the stables at The Dicker!”

We also managed to recreate the iconic photograph of unlocking the front door of The Dicker:


The School has since come a long way and yet as Peter Goodyer said, “Bede’s – or St Bede’s as you will remember is not a different school, but rather a different name with very much the same ethos, belief and philosophy in Education. It is a special place – a treasure in the East Sussex countryside which we all hold dear – a place where friendships are born, where opportunities abound and where children are able to grow as individuals.”

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