Marco Iurza, Upper Fifth
I grew up in Naples, Italy. Coming to Bede's represented a massive opportunity.
At that time, my English was all theoretical but completely impractical. Six months later it was like I was a new person. I was fluent - almost English.
I have always been a very capable mathematician. My brain just works that way. My recent interest in Economics and Politics comes from the fact that we are in the middle of an important time of great change. I want to understand it so I can be involved in it, but it's almost like you have to draw the map to know where you want to go.
At Bede's I feel that the teachers have really fought for me. Mr Costley in Science, Mr Bioletti and Mr Wilkinson in Maths. People with needs or talents get special attention, whether that's EAL, Learning Enhancement or extra lessons to push you.
The teachers love to see that extra bit of effort and will make time for you after school.
People think that boarders study more, but although you have that opportunity you're given the responsibility to organise your own affairs. Since I joined though, the boarding houses have only improved. It's like a family living here, and I can't see what more they can do to make them better.
It's not just about ticking boxes at Bede's. It's genuinely about what will help the students.
I've always been ambitious, but being here has given me all the tools I need to achieve something remarkable.
I have the feeling that everything and everyone here is on an upwards directory.