First Year (Year 9)
All First Year pupils follow a common curriculum as well as selecting three additional "Options" subjects.
It is our aim that a pupil joining our First Year will be able to build on already-existing passions, whilst also finding new pathways to explore.
The programme sees all pupils taking a wide range of subjects while also allowing for a considerable amount of choice.
The majority of lessons are comprised of wide-based introductory courses that centre on the acquisition of skills necessary for GCSE, IGCSE and BTEC courses to be followed in the Fifth Form (Years 10 and 11).
In addition to the academic curriculum, all pupils join in the School's extensive Co-Curricular programme, which offers a wide range of sporting and cultural opportunities.
During the first term, all First Year pupils also take part in team building sessions as well as an Outdoor Pursuits week based in the Peak District.
The 'OP' week is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and develop essential life skills, and further information related to that trip will be submitted to parents nearer the time.
During the second term, with the help of their Personal Tutors, students then select subjects to be studied at GCSE.
“ My role involves identifying an individual's strengths and weakness and providing them with the guidance and support they need to flourish. ”
Liam Backler, Head of First Year and Teacher of Learning Enhancement
First Year News
2 July 2019
First Year, Fifth Form, Bloomsbury House, Camberlot House, Charleston House, Crossways House, Deis House, Dorms House, Dorter House, Knights House
Hundreds of First Year and Lower Fifth pupils volunteered for a range of local charities for our Make a Difference Day.
26 June 2019
Today proved to be a winning day for the Bede's U14 Boys, U15 Girls and U17 cricket teams.
18 June 2019
Mr Vaux reports on the recent First Year and Lower First Year trip to Shakespeare’s Globe.
Bede’s is a school for all types of people, and it helps you to see that you can be anyone and do anything.Max Mason, First Year Interviewed in 2016
I would like to play Cricket professionally, but success in my GCSEs and A Levels is really important to me.Joe Billings, First Year Interviewed in 2013
My teachers won't let me give up. They always challenge me and will help by giving me extra lessons one-to-one.Ivan Friedman, First Year Interviewed in 2012