Archie Taylor, Lower Sixth

My introverted nature meant that I was never going to prosper at my old school, but Bede’s has enabled me to flourish.

I have always enjoyed academia, although I arrived in the First Year without a grasp of my capabilities. I was shy and socially awkward, yet was encouraged to develop the confidence to speak publicly.

To be able to do that, and to have progressed so much, is amazing.

It has also been brilliant to find out that essay subjects are a personal forte. Above everything else, I have developed a passion for Philosophy. Reasoning is a fantastic challenge and, thanks to Ms Woollett, developing my critical faculties has become a chief preoccupation.

My other passions are relatively niche but, thankfully, Bede’s does a lot of that.

For example, I have never liked team sports but love the school’s Mountain Biking Club and the release that it offers me.

I also spend a lot of time in Music Technology, and have been making music with Mr Hopkins since the First Year.

My compositions have developed in line with my skills playing the piano, where I have progressed through Grade 8 thanks to Mr Scamardella, who has expertly honed my skills.

Because of their teaching, I have come to appreciate that music is more than just notes on the page. It is expression.

If there was one thing I would emphasise about Bede’s though, it is that the school values, respects and caters for the needs of the individual.

Moreover, it is a school where you can thrive whether your objectives are conventional or, as in my case, they are absolutely not.


This interview was conducted during the Summer Term of 2017. Archie is now in the Upper Sixth.

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