The Co-Curricular Deputy Head

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At Bede's it is our goal to ensure that we educate the whole person. Because of this we give equal importance to Academic, Pastoral and Co-Curricular aspects of life.

This holistic approach to education is not just an add-on. It is our strong belief that learning takes place beyond the confines of the classroom, and with this in mind, we place creativity, service and action at the heart of the student experience.

Students at Bede's pick from a wide array of over 100 clubs and activities, guided by our fantastic Personal Tutors. We have structured our school day to focus on activities that are targeted, rigorous and inclusive, and prepare our students to see life as an educational journey.

Co-Curricular choices are important, in particular for our older students for whom the programme offers them the chance to develop specialisms and meaningfully enrich their CVs. Our goal is to increase their confidence, tolerance and empathy for others, enabling students to demonstrate a high level of commitment and develop leadership skills.

Whether in our rigorous Sports Academies, which have seen Bede's teams in Tennis, Cricket, Football and Hockey building national reputations, our range of additional courses or creative clubs and activities, sessions provide opportunities for students to challenge themselves, perform beyond their expectations and work collaboratively with students of different ages and friendship groups.

We help students to initiate activities and reflect on their role as leaders through our Student Councils and encouraging them to explore physical and creative lifestyles both at our award-winning Art School and our incredibly busy Performing Arts programmes.

Bede's students also have innumerable opportunities to demonstrate service towards the School, community or wider world through our Community Links scheme, including volunteering with local hospitals, providing local residents with lessons in IT, spending time at nearby care homes or teaching English, Art and Music at local primary schools.

As well as engaging with our consistently successful Duke of Edinburgh schemes, through our House Charity system every Bede's pupil engages in campaigning and fundraising for a diverse range of very worthy causes.

Through the work undertaken by our specialist staff, using our unbeatable facilities and enabled by our innovative timetable, Bede's students leave the school knowing who they are and what they want from life.

Furthermore, they have the skills and experience to pursue the things which matter most to them, whether that be a passion for additional languages, qualifications in Climbing, Sailing or experience of breeding endangered species at our Animal Management Centre.

Whatever a young person's needs, passions or interests, the Bede's Co-Curricular Programme will truly enable them.

Rachael Woollett
There is no better job in all the world than mine. I love working with young people and hearing their ideas, aspirations and questions about life in general.

Rachael Woollett, Co-Curricular Deputy Head, Teacher of Religious Studies and Deis and Dicker House Tutor

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