Year 7 tends to feel like a big step up from Year 6, but it is also an exciting and challenging stage of schooling.
At the beginning of Year 7, our pupils have two years to go before they embark on their senior schooling. They are expected to rise to the challenge of beginning their preparation for their Common Entrance examinations in earnest and to be increasingly independent and self-organised.
For some, this is an important stage in their preparation for academic scholarships however, compared with their counterparts in the state sector, our Year 7s have the advantage of making this leap in the smaller and more protected environment of the Prep School.
There is no doubt that Year 7 is an extremely busy year and it is certainly expected that, in addition to working hard in the classroom, our pupils will exploit the many Co-Curricular opportunities available at Bede's.
Pupils participate in the full range of Sports on offer, and the most talented among them can find their way into first teams or, at least, be knocking on the door of these, whilst being regular players in the second teams.
Those who are theatrically-inclined have the chance, during the second half of the year, to audition for the Drama Masterclass, and there is the Orchestra for the musicians, as well as the Senior Choir and Chamber Choir.
This is also the time for the artists, particular the members of the Art Masterclass, to begin the process of gathering pieces for their portfolios and, for some, the Legat dance programme is their thing.
In addition to pursuing these activities for the love of it, the foundation they lay at this stage is the launching pad for taking these passions further during their senior schooling.
Indeed, for many, Year 7 lays the foundations for their scholarship preparations.
All of this happens against the background of the supportive environment created by the Year 7 form tutors. They strive to provide excellent ongoing Pastoral care for their pupils, in addition to the support given to new children by 'buddies' when they first arrive.
Our pupils engage in team building games at the end of the first week of the year to promote integration and a sense of identity as a year group, and this is followed by a variety of events, trips and outings to extend their understandings across the many strands of the curriculum.
A highlight for the year then comes in the form of the annual history trip to Bradford to study the Industrial Revolution.
Children in Year 7 should aim to involve themselves in the life of the Prep School and make the most of their opportunities - whether in the classroom, on the sports field or in the variety of activities on offer during this very important year.
There is doubtless something that will appeal to each individual and, with guidance and encouragement, there should be no child that does not find something to spark their imagination and help them to thrive.
“ Bede's is a school where pupils enjoy unrivalled opportunities to pursue their passions - whatever their passions might be. For that reason alone, it is a very special place to go to school. ”
Janet Frame, Head of Year 7 and Teacher of History
Year 7 News
10 September 2019
This summer, Bede's Prep pupils took to the South Downs for a whole-school charity walk in aid of the Raystede Centre.
28 May 2019
Year 7 enjoyed a week at Château de la Baudonnière in Normandy, where pupils took part in a French language immersion programme.
20 May 2019
200 pupils from Years 3 - 8 volunteered to help litter pick as part of Eastbourne's Great Park Clean.
Year 7 staff
“Bede's is a school where pupils enjoy unrivalled opportunities to pursue their passions - whatever their passions might be. For that reason alone, it is a very special place to go to school.”
Janet Frame, Head of Year 7 and Teacher of English and Latin
“I believe our students leave the Prep school with a solid foundation in geography which not only enhances their chances of future success in examinations but equips them for life beyond the school gates.”
Adam Brewer, Head of Geography, Eagle Section Leader, Teacher of History and Year 7 Personal Tutor
“I am fascinated by the English language and its effect on us all. I aim to inspire my pupils to explore a broad vocabulary and, in so doing, for them to be empowered.”
Laura Burdekin, Teacher of English and Drama and Year 7 Personal Tutor