The First Year

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The First Year at Bede's is bursting with excitement, challenge and opportunity.

Otherwise known as Year 9, our new First Year Curriculum prepares boys and girls for the massively important public exams that lie ahead while enabling them to enjoy the luxury of knowing that those exams are still some way in the future.

The curriculum recognises that, as students take the first tentative steps towards a more adult state-of-being, they are open to and enthused by a host of possibilities. It takes seriously its role in preparing young people for the life ahead of them, both at school, work, home, and play, and aims to be the very best year a child has ever had at school.

The First Year experience offers academic rigour to all, excites, inspires and prepares pupils for the challenges that lie ahead.

At the heart of that curriculum is a strong focus on the core subjects that provide the building blocks of any child's education: English, Maths, Science, and Languages. There is a heavy emphasis on the creative subjects (for which we at Bede's have a justifiable reputation for excellence) while explorations of the world in which we live offers an exciting introduction to the humanities.

Enriched by generous sporting opportunities and a Twenty-First Century Studies course to enthuse and develop the students, the First Year at Bede's is inspirational, exciting and a one-of-a-kind.

Read an introduction from the Head of First Year >

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Pupil Stories

  • Louis Muston, Lower Fifth

    Bede’s is centred on developing individuals rather than on trying to force them to be something they are not.

    Louis Muston, Lower Fifth Interviewed in 2014
  • Joe Billings, First Year

    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
  • Ivan Friedman, First Year

    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
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