Tommy Trenaman, Upper Fifth

I joined Bede’s Nursery when I was two years old and went right through the Prep School.

In retrospect, that small, cosy atmosphere was perfect for me then, but as soon as I started spending time training at the Senior School in Year 7 and Year 8 I just couldn’t wait to move up.

I used to play a lot of Tennis but when I was 11 I started to take Football more seriously. I was then fairly quickly invited to join ISFA’s U13s team and have played for ISFA in every season since, including representing England.

As part of the Junior Academy at Bede’s I spent 8-9 hours a week training, plus fixtures, and those experiences made me a much better player. As a result, even though I’m only 16 I play for the 1st XI. As Bede’s is in the Top 8 of all schools in the UK for Football, the standard is exceptionally high.

I also started to play more Hockey during the First Year and my year group went on to win the Sussex Championship at U14, U15 and U16 Level. On top of that, I play wicket keeper for the 2nd XI Cricket team, and all of that might suggest that I’m sport obsessed but there’s a lot more to me than that.

Admittedly, I’m not an Art, Drama or Music person. I have tried them all but it’s just not for me. Luckily, many of my closest friends are really talented in those areas, and in Knights, my House, everyone does everything and we all know each other inside out, which means we’re very close.

In fact, from what I’ve seen, every time someone new has joined Bede’s they have very quickly felt like they belonged.

As for myself, I have professional sportsmen and women in my family and I’ve seen the level of dedication it takes. I would love sport to be part of my career, and if I could be a sportsman then that would be a dream, but if I don’t make it then I need my academic record to be there as a cushion in case I fall.

Thankfully, I’m predicted top grades and want to succeed, so it might even be that I can have it all.

More importantly, even though you might say I’m Bede’s born and bred, my friends are from all over and I have genuinely never met anyone who has joined and said they preferred their old school.

I mention that because really, all other achievements aside, it speaks for itself.


Having earned straight A*-C grades in his GCSE exams in Summer 2016, Tommy is now studying Business and Physical Education-related subjects in the Sixth Form.

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