Assistant Head wins BSA Leadership Award
Ros Nairne, Director of Communications and Admissions

Bede’s Assistant Head: Pupil Welfare, Alex Lowe, has won a Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) Supporting Excellence Award for ‘Outstanding INDEX (Inclusion and Diversity Excellence) Leadership’. These awards celebrate the achievements, hard work and dedication of schools and individuals in boarding.

The triumph is fully deserved by Miss Lowe, who since her appointment to the position of Assistant Head: Pupil Welfare in 2020, has become a thought leader, not just within Bede’s, but nationally. She has proved herself to be a force of nature, determined by a purpose to ensure every child and employee of Bede’s truly belongs.

Alex has presented to the HMC Diversity and Inclusivity sub-committee about the work that Bede’s has been doing in respect of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), with particular attention being paid to the notion of ‘Belonging’. There was much admiration for the work being undertaken, and consideration was given as to how this type of initiative could be promoted across the remaining 280 members of the association.

Alex has also been instrumental in embedding the Steer AS Tracking system within Bede’s, working with children from Year 6 up to Year 13, developing systems to ensure every child belongs regardless of their challenges. Coming out of the last lockdown in 2021, Alex used this quantitative data to identify trends in the wellbeing of pupils across the different stages of adolescence and the impact of Covid within that context. 

"Bede’s Headmaster, Peter Goodyer, explains why Alex is so deserving of the award, “Alex has set about her brief with a passion and determination that is truly inspiring. The range of initiatives which Alex has led in a relatively short period of time is impressive; as well as establishing the Inclusion Hub, she has led training to raise awareness of micro-aggressions and unconscious bias in the classroom, student-led Ted Talks and developed a more pupil-led approach to our work."

Once the shortlist was revealed and it came to selecting their winner, the judges for the BSA said, “Alex has shown exemplary leadership of EDI work at Bede’s School. Her passion, determination and compassionate approach have been instrumental in embedding a range of impactful initiatives.”

Alex attended a special ceremony on 4 May, where she was presented her award by Wendy Griffiths, former Head, Tudor Hall School, BSA Emeritus Member and former BSA Chair, Trustee, BSA Foundation and Chair, ISEB.

Alex is delighted with the news, commenting, “I am exceptionally proud to receive this prestigious award and to work alongside such passionate, forward-thinking colleagues and pupils. I have introduced many different initiatives, but it is the contribution and commitment that we have all made to ensure that our reflective practice celebrates diversity and inclusion. The values of kindness, respect and understanding of others’ perspective is championed at Bede's and this has fostered a culture where every individual, regardless of their individual characteristics, feels that they belong.”

Alex Lowe being presented her award

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