Academic Enrichment Programme

prep pupils

The Academic Enrichment Programme (AEP) is an exciting opportunity for pupils from Year 7 and 8 in the Prep School, as well as in Year 9 at the Senior School, to be further stretched and challenged. This innovative programme is aimed at our most academically able pupils and those with higher learning potential, to discover and liberate the very best of themselves by extending their potential in an intellectually rigorous and challenging academic environment.

Pupils participating in the AEP receive further support and mentoring, which is delivered through the programme. Furthermore, it dovetails seamlessly with the Prep School’s broad and balanced curriculum, which is already based soundly on stretch, challenge and differentiation for all abilities. Any pupils not taking part in AEP attend the exciting Creative Carousel lessons.



During the two years pupils will receive specialist teaching across all academic subjects designed around 21st Century skills; critical thinking, creative thinking, communicating and collaborating (the 4 C’s). It will also incorporate aspects of subjects in:

  • English
  • Maths
  • STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Humanities
  • Latin

Lecture and debate - each subject leader or subject specialist staff will lecture on a topic not usually included in the curriculum: For example:

  • Should we spend millions to preserve historical relics?
  • Will the development of artificial intelligence harm or benefit humankind?
  • Should we protect properties affected by coastal erosion?

These lectures will lead to debates by helping pupils to develop their ability to enquire through discussion, reading, critical thinking and disputing in a sophisticated and incisive way. 

In collaboration with the Senior School, the AEP pupils will contribute to the ‘Bede’s SHAPE Magazine’ a journal filled with diverse articles and philosophical queries that they have developed within their AEP lessons.

As part of the AEP, pupils are involved in various specialist visits and events, some of which are based at the Senior School, such as the upcoming Bede's Model United Nations delegation which aims to inspire communication, critical thinking and deepen knowledge.