St Bede's School Trust, Sussex
St Bede’s School Trust, Sussex is a registered charity which provides co-educational day and boarding education at its preparatory, senior and summer schools.
The charity welcomes children of varied abilities and aims to enable each student to achieve to the best of their ability; fee remission through scholarships and bursaries are provided to students with special talents or needs so that they may benefit from the opportunities offered by Bede’s Prep and Senior Schools.
The Trust provides benefits to the local and wider community in a number of ways:
Bursaries and Assisted Places
The Trust invests considerable resources and time in the awarding of its bursaries and ensuring that, as far as it is able, the benefits of a Bede’s education are as accessible as possible to those who do not have the means to pay full fees.
State School Partnerships
The Schools’ facilities are used extensively throughout the year for the benefit of outside organisations and the local community, particularly local state schools. We have particularly close links with Park Mead School, in the village of Upper Dicker where the Senior School is located; the pupils use facilities such as our science labs and swimming pool on a regular basis and our staff support with teaching and coaching.
The School also hosted and organized the Bede’s Galactic Challenge for Years 6-8 and UK Space Design Challenge for Years 9-13 which involved pupils from local state schools receiving expert coaching and the opportunity to progress to the National Finals. Half of the children who attended the UK Space Design Challenge were from state schools.
Our Prep School invites local primary schools to participate in Curriculum Enhancement Days for local primary schools and hosts a DT competition.
Looked After Children Programme
We continue to be recognised nationally for our ground-breaking work with Looked After Children (LAC) which enables children to board and be educated at Bede’s. Since September 2012, eleven LAC have successfully taken up places at Bede’s. Of those eleven pupils, nine of them have gone on to university with two still at the School currently. Our programme of support goes beyond providing boarding places and also includes providing weekend activities for LAC in order to provide respite for foster carers. I believe that this holistic programme of support provides a model for how an independent school can support a large number of LAC, working hand-in-hand with the local authority and I am confident that both the Head of LAC and Head of Children’s Services at East Sussex County Council would pay testament to this.
Gender Pay Gap Report
All businesses with more than 250 employees are required, under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017, to produce an annual Gender Pay Gap Report.
The gender pay gap is the difference between the hourly rate of pay of male employees and female employees (as set out in the regulations).
These differences have to be published on both a median basis (pay per hour based on the person 'in the middle' of the distribution of pay) and a mean basis (average hourly salary).