Making pupils count is what Bede's is about, and for this reason we go far beyond traditional Pastoral Care.
Every pupil at Bede's has a dedicated Personal Tutor and each tutor cares for a very small number of children. They communicate constantly with parents and teachers to draw out and develop each individual, and elsewhere we have permanent, on site counsellors and considered structures for helping all children, whatever their level of need.
Ultimately however, empowering pupils is the core of what we do, and we are making constant and significant progress within this arena.
One aspect of our system of Student Voice is personified in our School Council, which is anything but tokenistic. Working with the Prefect team, pupils in every year group are involved in the setting of rules, managing our rewards and sanctions and even strategic decisions for the school as a whole.
Transparency is also important, so we have instituted arrangements whereby, besides teachers, parents and the pupils themselves can track behaviour, good or bad, as it relates to them via our Parent Portal and My Bede's intranet services.
My background is as an economist, and my objective at Bede's is to ensure that what we're doing matches the rhetoric. There's no point in saying inspirational, visionary things and not actually doing them.
I can tell you though, at Bede's we don't just say it. We can quantify it.
“ My background is as an economist, and my ultimate objective at Bede's is to ensure that what we're doing matches the rhetoric. ”
Jerry Lewis, Principal Deputy Head and Teacher of EconomicsRead Mr Lewis' introduction to Bede's in full
Pastoral News and Blogs
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.
24 June 2019
Lower Sixth pupil Max Mason writes about the fantastic pupil-led interactive event, 'Equality Still Matters'.
16 May 2019
Last week, 15 pupils from the Lower Fifth to Upper Sixth attended Eastbourne's Great Park Clean.
Watch a video interview with Bede's pupil Joana, a boarder from Macao who has developed a passion for Spanish.Joana's Bede's Story Filmed in 2017
By encouraging everyone to be the best they can be the school helps us all to have confidence and realise that we are all special.Jay Adebisi, Lower Sixth Interviewed in 2016
As a result of my experiences at Bede's I have flourished over time and have learned to set an infinite potential for myself.Talisker Cornford, Lower Sixth Interviewed in 2016