Rosie Stephenson, Upper Fifth

An important part of Bede's is that it doesn't pick people because of grades. It chooses you because of who you are and helps everyone to become an expert in the things that mean the most to them.

I joined in the Prep School, during Year 7. I was a boarder there and really enjoyed it so I carried on boarding up here. My House, Crossways, is like a huge family, and that's the best thing about it. You are constantly surrounded by your friends.

I'm dyslexic, which affects a lot of areas of my life. The Learning Enhancement department at Bede's gives me the help I need when I need it and means that I have the time to work on the subjects I find most challenging, and because of this I'm succeeding in lessons that used to seem impossible.

Since coming here my love of Art has just expanded. It used to be more of a hobby, but now I think of it as a serious career option. I kind of live in the Art department, which is like a little bee-hive!

I really feel like I have to make use of all the opportunities I have here. It is one of the best places in the country to study Art, Ceramics or Photography, and with the teachers here, and the facilities, I am truly free to develop my creativity. I can wake up in the middle of the night with an idea then the next day go to school and make that idea into a piece of art. Not many places could offer me that kind of opportunity.

Sometimes it seems like the people around me can just get A*s almost without thinking, but I can't. I'm a really happy person, but it can be hard at times. Luckily the teachers here guide me, make me want to work and have helped me to flourish. They save me from day to day life!


This interview was conducted in the Summer Term of 2013. Rosie went onto achieve A*s in both her Ceramics and Photography A Levels and went on to Central St Martin's where she studied for an Art Foundation.

She is now continuing her studies at Falmouth University when she undertaking a BA in Press and Editorial Photography.

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