Isaiah, Aged 11

It would be fair to say that I’m obsessed with Football, and have been for as long as I can remember.

My mum says that I started nagging her to let me play as soon as I could talk, and eventually she just surrendered. I was scouted by Chelsea when I was 5 and used to play up, at under-8 level. As an under-9, I then joined the Brighton and Hove Albion Academy and came to Bede’s on a sport scholarship, which is brilliant because I can now play football at a really high standard on every day of the week.

Of course, I would love to be a professional footballer but I can see that it is really important that I get a balanced education. I’m somewhere in the middle of the class in terms of my ability and, thankfully, my teachers are there to push me and won’t let me get away with not trying.

The way lessons work at Bede’s is that you are encouraged to be as independent as possible, and sometimes that can be hard. Thankfully, my three favourite teachers are in the subjects where I need the most help and all of them make learning fun.

In French for example, Ms Galletly is really supportive and she knows what I’m capable of so keeps me on track. Similarly, in English, Mrs Burdekin has really encouraged me to learn to enjoy reading, and now I like to relax with a book in the evening. She does everything with a sense of humour.

I don’t have a favourite teacher because I like them all, but Mr Allan somehow manages to make Maths lessons fun, and thanks to him I now find Maths cool which isn’t something I thought I would ever say.

My main focus though has always been football. I play for ISFA, representing the South of England, and I’m hopeful to play for England once I’m in the right age group.

One of the best things about Bede’s is the way that even the Prep School players can work with the Senior School coaches in the Junior Academy. I can play up in age and feel part of a community that understands my hopes and rewards me for my efforts.

As a striker, I love the pressure and the satisfaction of scoring goals, but the best thing is working as a team – and that’s Bede’s really. If I was going to try to explain what going to school here is like, the sense of teamwork and community would be the biggest thing.

When I first came here for example, for a Year 5 Taster Day, I straight away connected with people and I’m still friends with the same people now. From the people in my year to the teacher to even Mr Entwisle, the Headmaster, everyone here sticks up for one another and they are there when you need them.


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