Skip to content ↓

St. Bede's Catholic College

ST Bede's

Catholic College

    Information for Parents, Carers and Students Update 1st June 2020

    Updated 1st June 2020

    Dear Parents and Carers

    You will have heard from the latest government announcements that secondary schools should plan to welcome students in Year 10 and 12 back for some face to face contact with teachers to enhance the on line learning already taking place. The government have also been quite clear that only 25% of the year group should attend at any one time therefore limiting the numbers in Year 10 to 45 students and in Year 12 to 25 students each day.

    I met with Governors on Friday morning to discuss the Risk Assessment that every school has to put in place prior to any planned reopening and ensure that all of the government’s latest recommendations are followed. I then met with professional associations in the afternoon to go through procedures that had been put in place.

    There are elements of the Risk Assessment which indicate that activities should cease immediately and one of these is school transport. I am also obliged to advise against the use of public transport at peak times to reduce any unnecessary risk that students may encounter. In order that no student is disadvantaged as a result of the lack of transport, the lessons will be available for students to access from home via Google Meets so if they are not in attendance then the teachers will be able to invite them to join the lesson via their school email address.

    Students will be placed in their ‘Bubble’ and will be invited to attend on a certain day of the week. I acknowledge that some parents will also be reluctant to send their child in to College and want to reassure you that you will not face any action from either the College or the Local Authority if you chose to keep your child at home at this time.

    The initial plans for each year group are outlined below and further specific detail will be provided later in the week for you to consider. As you can see there are separate entrance and exits for the different year groups and specific rooms where they will remain throughout their time with us each day.

    In order that we can complete the final planning and gauge the numbers who will be attending I would ask you to email Mrs Derrick at to inform her of your intentions. Once we have these numbers we will be able to populate the Bubbles and inform you of which day your child should attend.

    Year 10

    Year 10 should arrive in College through the main entrance between 8.30 and 9am on the mornings that they are due to be in and will observe the 2 metre social distancing markings laid out. They will also leave via the same door and their dismissal time will be 12 noon. Students eligible for free school meals will be provided with a ‘grab and go’ bag from a table by the main door when they leave.

    Rooms set out for use in the A Block are:

    Middle Floor



    Top Floor



    The schedule for Year 10 is outlined below:



    9 - 9.20


    9.20 – 10

    10 – 10.40

    10.40 –11.20

    11.20 – 12


    Bubble 1


    Emotional Support










    Bubble 2


    Emotional Support










    Bubble 3


    Emotional Support










    Bubble 4


    Emotional Support











    9 -10


    10.15 – 11.15

    11.30 – 12.30








    All Option lessons will be delivered via Google Meets and no students will be in College on Friday. This will avoid any mixing of the ‘Bubble’ should a potential outbreak occur.


    Year 12

    Year 12 should arrive in College through the gate by Galileo between 8.45 and 9.15am on the mornings that they are due to be in and will observe the 2 metre social distancing markings laid out. They will also leave via the same gate. Their dismissal time will be 11.45am each day. Students eligible for free school meals will be provided with a ‘grab and go’ bag from a table by the exit to Areté when they leave.

    Rooms set out for use in Areté and Galileo are:










    The schedule for Year 12 is outlined below:


    9.15 – 9.30

    9.30 – 11.45


    Emotional Support

    Option A


    Emotional Support

    Option B


    Emotional Support

    Option C


    Emotional Support

    Option D


    Emotional Support

    Option E

    Children of Keyworkers and those eligible to attend College

    Children of keyworkers and those eligible to attend College should arrive through the main entrance between 8.30 and 9am on the mornings and proceed directly through the blue area to go to the C Block. They will leave the College at the end of the day via the exit gate by Galileo. As anticipated numbers grow they will have a staggered break and lunchtime to avoid unnecessary contact. They will come down to the dining hall at 12.30pm in the usual way to eat the lunch provided by the canteen staff or their packed lunch.

    Rooms set out for use in the C Block are are:

    Ground Floor


    C 19

    Further detail will be provided later in the week once parents have indicated whether they will be sending their child in to College.

    With prayers and every blessing

    J. G. Maher




    Updated 22nd May 2020

    Stay Alert, Control the virus, Save Lives

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Monday 25th May is the Feast Day of St Bede – an English Benedictine monk who was known as England’s first great historian. He was acknowledged for his personal holiness and intellectual brilliance and his words, which are quoted in the main reception, are testament to the vocation I believe we all have here at the College:

    ‘It has ever been my delight to read, to study and to teach’

    It’s what makes St Bede’s Catholic College the special place it is. Thank you to all parents for your continued support.

    I would like to express my appreciation to Mr Loud for preparing the Mass for St Bede and to Father Eugene for celebrating with us today. Even though social distancing keeps us apart at this time, by coming together through the Eucharist we are reminded of the bonds that we all share as the family that we are here.

    There is much speculation in the media at the moment regarding the reopening of schools to more students. The guidance for secondary schools is that students in years 10 and 12 have ‘some face to face support to supplement their remote education’. This raises a number of significant implications for us and although we are all committed to extending our current offer, this will only be done when it is safe to do so.

    Much work has been undertaken to complete as detailed and thorough a risk assessment as possible to fully assess our situation and our accommodation. Governors and professional associations will be meeting next week to review the risk assessment. This document is designed to protect everyone at St Bede’s as far as possible and therefore we need to get it right. Consequently, we have not committed to a specific date to return at this point. I very much hope to be able to share the plans with you in due course.

    Today is the last day of term 5 and I have asked teachers not to set work for this week so that everyone may enjoy a break. That said, the College will remain open for the children of key workers from Tuesday 26th May.

    Look after yourselves and those around you. Stay safe!

    With prayers,

    J. G. Maher,



    Ascension Reflection

    This Thursday, we celebrate the feast of the Ascension.  It is a Holy Day of Obligation and usually, we would hold a Mass in school.  We are thankful for our Lay Chaplain Kevin Loud, who has put together a Liturgy and Reflection for our St. Bede's community which can be accessed here.

    Updated 15th May 2020

    Stay Alert, Control the virus, Save Lives

    Dear Parent and Carers

    When the Prime Minister announced his road plan for the easing of some restrictions on Sunday, he also made reference to the gradual return of pupils to school. In the guidance we received on Monday it states 'This will not be a return to full timetables or pupils back in school or college full time, rather some support to supplement pupils' remote education'. It also goes on to say 'In line with implementing protective measures and reducing contacts, schools and colleges should limit the attendance of the year 10 and 12 cohort in the setting at any one time and to keep students in small groups’.

    I also acknowledge that a number of parents will not wish to send their children into college at this time. Whilst we all look forward to welcoming students back as soon as possible, I and all my colleagues are looking at what we can provide to supplement the online learning to ensure the safety of every member of the community.

    I hope that everyone associated with St Bede's will understand the need for caution and support what will be proposed in the weeks to come. However, I must emphasise that there is no perfect solution to the situation we all find ourselves in at the moment. The Families in Focus Bulletin here has some useful information and support for families, parents, carers and young people during Coronavirus.

    Look after yourselves and those around you. Stay safe!

    With prayers,

    J. G. Maher,


    Updated 11th May 2020

    Stay Alert, Control the virus, Save Lives

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    I hope you all managed to enjoy the weekend and celebrate the VE day commemorations too. Covid-19 has been described as living in a war zone but as one veteran said recently ‘we rebuilt after the war, we can do it again’. Prophetic wisdom!

    Last Wednesday, the College community came together as ‘one body’ to celebrate Mass even though we are separated by the requirement for social distancing. The readings and music were excellent as always and I hope you were able to participate as well. It is an important reminder that we are all one family here at St Bede’s and never more so than when we come together in the Eucharist.

    The Government reviewed the current restrictions and made their recommendations including the five Covid-19 Alert Levels and the re-opening of schools last night. The implications are that students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will not return to College before September and that if the ‘R’ number does not exceed 1 then students studying for exams next year will have some time with their teachers before the summer break,

    Please be assured that I and all my colleagues are fully committed to doing all we can to ensure a safe and appropriate return for all members of our College community and we are currently looking at how we can best achieve this. We are investigating staggered starts and breaks to reduce students mixing with each other and therefore potentially spreading the virus to you at home. We are also looking at reduced class sizes and timetable arrangements to accommodate this. As soon as we receive more guidance we will ensure that parents and carers are kept up to date.

    Thank you for all you are doing to support your children in their learning and I appreciate that it is not always easy. Please also remember that if you need support in any way then please get in touch with us so that we can get through this together.

    With prayers,

    J. G. Maher



    Updated 1st May 2020

    Dear Parents,

    One of the most significant and impactful stories in the newspapers over recent weeks has been that of the Ventilator Challenge led by Dick Elsy, Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. He reflects on the point that the ‘disjointed thinking’ among politicians is ‘just noise’. He and a group of engineers threw away the distracting noise of what he called ‘ponderous nonsense’ to focus on the collaborative problem-solving brain power of engineers, freed up to focus on a common goal of making a volume of ventilators. People who had never met before pulled together, focused, and are currently a success story.

    The messages here are clear. We too have one goal. To know what we want to achieve in educating our children, and never take our eye off that goal, despite any white noise. What is more evident is that when we collaborate, we maximise our collective intelligence. We are powerful together and I strongly believe that the community we have at St Bede’s truly demonstrates just this.

    The spread of the coronavirus across the world makes us realise how connected we all are. Perhaps more importantly is the impact the virus has and the restrictions placed on our daily lives make us realise how dependent we are on one another. As human beings we need each other and our community. Our individual well-being depends on people doing a range of jobs and providing a variety of different services. We come together each Thursday in a gesture of friendship and to acknowledge the phenomenal work being undertaken on our behalf.

    Let us also come together in prayer as we hope that everyone affected by the pandemic will be comforted and given the strength they need to face what lies ahead.

    With prayers,

    J. G. Maher



    Berlin Trip

    We have received notification from the travel company that payments for the Berlin trip are to be refunded. Please inform Mrs Cheshire via e-mail or letter if you would like the refund to be paid directly into your account or by cheque. If you would like the payment to be made directly then you will also need to provide your bank details.

    Year 11 Prom

    ‘We The Curious’ have cancelled the booking for the Year 11 Prom and are not allowing any future bookings in the short term until the pandemic has been brought under control. They will be refunding the payments made for the Prom and as above please inform Mrs Cheshire via e-mail or letter if you would like the refund to be paid directly into your account or by cheque. If you would like the payment to be made directly then you will also need to provide your bank details.

    Rome Trip

    We have this week received notification that the Rome trip has also been cancelled and are awaiting details of refunds. We will update you once further details have been received.

    Barcelona and Year 7 Trip to France

    Neither of these trips have as yet been cancelled as travel companies are working approximately 3-4 weeks in advance of any departure date. Once we have received clarification or notification that the trips have been cancelled by the travel companies then we will update you.

    Updated 24th April 2020

    Mulling over the frenetic pace of change during these last four weeks, it is safe to say that it feels like time has in some way been distorted. Time certainly plays tricks on us all, particularly during periods of compressed emotion. It is also clear that the situation we currently find ourselves in is not a sprint. No-one knows how long this is likely to last nor what the new sense of ‘normality’ will be. What is really important is that we all continue to look after each other and provide support and encouragement for all those around us.

    We all share the upset and disappointment caused by the unprecedented decision not to hold public examinations this summer. However, I and all of my colleagues continue to be very proud of the achievements and significant contribution that all students in years 11 and 13 have made to the College throughout their time with us here at St Bede’s. 

    Ofqual have confirmed that ‘A’ Level and EPQ results will be released to students on Thursday 13th August and GCSE results will be released on Thursday 20th August as originally planned. Our intention, at this stage, is to hold results days as normal to allow students an opportunity to celebrate. More detailed arrangements will be provided nearer the time and assuming that it is safe to do so by then.

    I do, however, need to remind everyone that Ofqual require us to keep the grade and students’ rank order confidential. Ofqual are very clear that students and parents should not ask for information because we are forbidden from sharing this information with you.

    Parents may also already be aware that Bristol Local Authority recently underwent an inspection under the new Ofsted framework. The written statement of action regarding SEND is available here.

    Please do contact us if you need any support at all in the coming days

     We will endeavour to do the very best we can to help and support every member of the College community. The school nurses team are also available with any health queries you may have on 03001245816.

    With prayers,

    J. G. Maher,


    Updated 21st April 2020 

    Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education on Sunday 19th April, laptops and tablets will be made available to help the most disadvantaged young people access online learning and social care services. Young people and families eligible for devices must not already have access to one, and must be in one of the following groups:

    • Children with a social worker
    • Care leavers
    • Disadvantaged children in Year 10, ahead of sitting their GCSEs next year

    If you fall into one of these categories and wish to access this support, then please let the College know by telephoning 01173772200 by 2pm on Monday 27th April so that arrangements can be made.

    Updated 20th April 2020

    I hope that you and your families continue to keep safe and well.

    Today marks what should have been the start of the summer term, but as you will already know, at the moment the current lockdown has been extended for a further three weeks. In these unprecedented times, I have received no formal notification of any expected date for schools to re-open nor indeed how this is to be achieved. We have contingency plans in place so that once it is safe to do so, we can return to a relative ‘normality’ as swiftly and effectively as possible.

    In the meantime, however, I would encourage all students to get back into the routine of home learning as quickly as possible. We understand that home learning can present a number of different challenges and as many of you have already acknowledged there is nothing quite like the input and expertise from a teacher. We have taken on board the feedback we have received and will continue to provide appropriate work for your children to undertake whilst at home.

    The College remains open, as it did over the Easter break, for children of key workers and those who are considered to be vulnerable. Should you have any concerns at all regarding your child’s wellbeing then please do get in touch via and a member of the counselling team will make contact as soon as possible.

    The Government have again changed their advice regarding free school meals and have confirmed the funding to cover the Easter period. Therefore, new vouchers will be issued from this week and we will keep you updated with any information once we receive it. For any families struggling at this time, please do contact us so that we can put in support wherever possible.

    In the midst of these difficult times we continue to pray, meditate, have faith and let our worries and concerns spur us into kindness and action that brings hope and renewal of care and support for one another.

    Lord Jesus Christ,

    By your suffering you redeemed the world.

    Redeem us now from the global spread of the coronavirus.

    Shine your light of peace and love at this time of uncertainty

    and come to our aid in the midst of our fears.

    As we entrust ourselves and all people into your loving care,

    we pray for comfort, healing, protection and hope.

    Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.      Amen

    With all good wishes,

    J. G. Maher


    Updated 6th April 2020

    I hope that you and your families continue to keep safe and well.

    The past weeks have been very different for all of us. Students, parents and staff have had to get used to different ways of working and we will be reflecting on home working and looking at how we can improve this further. I know from the many messages that I have received from parents, that teachers have been setting work to keep their children occupied. Everyone has been particularly impressed by the excellent work being produced and the commitment shown by all at this uncertain time.

    We have received an update regarding free school meals from the Local Authority following the most recent Government advice. Please see here for the letter. I know that this may cause hardship for a number of families at this time and if this is the case then please be sure to contact us if you need any support at all. We will endeavour, as always, to do the best we can to help every member of the College community.     

    Although we are unable to come together in the usual way, Mr Loud has put together Holy Week and Easter reflections for us all to use (see below). Please also remember that Holy Week and Easter services will be available online from many churches, including Clifton Cathedral which will strengthen us as the wider church family at this most Holy of seasons.

    Please remember to help everyone by staying at home and keeping safe.

    With all good wishes and Easter Blessings,

    J. G. Maher


    Updated 3rd April 2020

    I hope that you are all keeping well and managing to take good care of yourselves and your loved ones during this incredibly challenging time. I also wanted to express my heartfelt appreciation for your continued patience, understanding and support as we navigate our way through this uncertain and unsettling period.

    The College has remained open for the students of key workers in line with government advice. We cannot afford to overlook young people’s wellbeing and positive mental health, and we will therefore continue to do all we can to support them over the coming weeks.

    We have also this morning received information from Ofqual outlining how grades will be awarded for GCSE, ‘A’ Level and Extended Project Qualifications this summer. Please see here for the information and also for the letter to students from Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual. Please be assured that we will do everything that we can to ensure that the grades awarded are a true reflection of the students’ time at St Bede’s.

    We must all remember that the family of St Bede’s is about so much more than occupying the buildings on the site. We have an identity, faith and a spiritual bond which extends far beyond the bricks and mortar. We must trust that there will come a time when we are able to come back together, rebuild our lives and welcome our fantastic students back to their College.

    In the meantime, please be sure to contact us if you need any support at all. We will endeavour, as always, to do the best we can to help every member of the family which is St Bede’s Catholic College.

    Yours in Christ,

    J. G. Maher


    Holy Week 
    As we approach Holy Week, we are thankful to our Lay Chaplain Kevin Loud who has put together a series of short liturgies and reflections to help guide us through this period.  These can be accessed here
    Please find below a link to a variety of information which you may find useful at this time:
    Updated 27th March 2020

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    I hope that you and your families are keeping well in these extraordinary times and that the first week of students working from home has gone smoothly.

    I know that there is good work going on from the many messages that I have received. Work is being completed and I want to thank you for establishing routines with your children and for keeping them motivated. Thank you also to the staff who are setting and responding to work. A truly team effort.

    In the coming weeks, there will be a number of competitions to participate in  – the Diocese are running a 500 word writing competition for students with the title ‘Hope’. Any student wishing to take part should e-mail their entry to the College to be sent on.

    It is important that students continue to feel that they are part of the community here at St Bede’s and therefore items for inclusion in the Newsletter should also be e-mailed in. It is a way of keeping in touch and supporting each other.

    ‘Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading’

    The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children of key workers who absolutely need to attend. The government guidance is that ‘if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading’.

    Although we will always try to be flexible regarding this, I am also mindful of the need to keep all students and staff safe and well throughout the coming weeks. I appreciate your on-going support in this.

    Pray with Pope Francis

    The Holy Father announced today that he will preside over a moment of prayer at the top of the steps of St Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis said ‘I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication.' The live broadcast can be watched on the Vatican News You Tube Channel:

    Free School Meals

    Bristol will now be e-mailing vouchers to parents of children entitled to free school meals. The first vouchers should arrive on Tuesday/Wednesday of next week and will cover next week and the Easter holidays. You will therefore not need to come in to College on Tuesday as previously advised to collect the weekly food box. Students living in North Somerset should report to their nearest hub as this week and if this arrangement changes over the weekend then I will let you know.

    I hope you all find comfort in the love and support of others around you. Please try to enjoy your weekend as best as you can.

    Yours in Christ,

    J G Maher


    Updated 26th March 2020


    We have been advised that there is a scam e-mail being sent to parents allegedly from the Department for Education saying 'as schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported'. 

    This has not come from the Department for Education and is a scam so please do not open it or respond in any way and delete it immediately. It is sad to think that at this time there are people who wish to exploit the situation. 

    Updated 25th March 2020

    And people stayed home
    and read books and listened
    and rested and exercised
    and made art and played
    and learned new ways of being
    and stopped
    and listened deeper
    someone meditated
    someone prayed
    someone danced
    someone met their shadow
    and people began to think differently
    and people healed
    and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,
    dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
    even the earth began to heal
    and when the danger ended
    and people found each other
    grieved for the dead people
    and they made new choices
    and dreamed of new visions
    and created new ways of life
    and healed the earth completely
    just as they were healed themselves.

    Kitty O’Meara

    Events have moved very quickly since last week so I thought I would keep you updated regarding the situation at College at the moment. 

    We have received some initial suggestions regarding the awarding of grades for GCSE and A Level in the summer and have been told that detailed guidance will be coming out from central Government shortly. In these uncertain times I wanted to try and reassure both parents and students that once this has been outlined then I will keep you informed. I have included information on the website previously for your information. 

    It is unsettling for everyone and I know that it is causing some anxiety for students wishing to register for the Sixth Form and again I want to reassure everyone that information will be provided in a timely manner so that this can be a fair process and be completed in plenty of time so that students know what they will be doing once this is all over. 

    I have been very humbled by the kind wishes of many parents over recent days and your sentiments are very much appreciated. I have also been asked for some 'tips' on how to support your children in establishing routines at home and will put something out for you tomorrow to hopefully help you over the coming days. 

    The thoughts and prayers of everyone at St Bede's are with you all - stay safe and keep well. 

    J G Maher 


    Updated 24th March 2020

    We have been asked by the Diocese to say prayers as a Catholic community each day at noon. 

    Lord we believe that you are with us and that you hear our prayers

    • for all our friends and family especially those we cannot be with, hold them in your love                                                                                                    

    Lord in your mercy

    • For all who are sick throughout the world, bring them hope. If people are on their own and feel afraid help them to know that you are with them and we are praying for them                                                                       

    Lord in your mercy

    • For all those working to help others, give them hope and strength  

    Lord in your mercy

    • Guide our leaders, help them make right choices and to do their best for everyone                                                                                                              

      Lord in your mercy

    • For ourselves when are frightened or feel alone help us to know that you are with us and will always be there  no matter what happens. Help us not to be selfish and to do our best to help others.  Lord in your mercy

    We ask Mary our mother to pray with us as we say   Hail Mary……….

    Updated 23rd March 2020
    Message for Year 11 and Year 13 students
    I hope you are coping with all that has happened in the last few days.  Last week's cancellation of GCSE and A Level examinations in May and June 2020 has understandably led to anxiety for you all.
    The government has said that Ofqual, the independent qualifications regulator, will develop a fair and robust process that takes into account a broad range of evidence, including teacher assessment and prior attainment.  The government has assured schools that students will get the grades their work deserves, but students who do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance will have the opportunity to sit exams, as soon as is reasonably possible, after schools and colleges open again.  A fuller response from the government can be found in the link below: 
    Please do not contact the college, or teachers directly.  When Ofqual provide the final guidance, the teachers at St Bede’s must follow it to ensure fairness across the system.   
    Your teachers will continue to set work that enables you to complete course content in case you choose to sit the examinations when schools and colleges reopen.  They will also be available to offer feedback and mark work you complete via Google docs or college email.  Please use your college email address when emailing your teachers.
    You should complete all outstanding NEA work and email it to your teachers, as this will enable you to take your examinations if you wish and will help teachers to formulate their predicted grade for you.
    UCAS have said that they wish to reassure students that there is no reason the usual admissions cycle will be disrupted and that universities will be flexible, doing all they can to support students to progress to higher education.  Please see their statement:
    Please stay safe and take care
    J G Maher

    Update 20th March 2020  12 noon

    As you will be fully aware, all schools will close to most children at the end of the day today.

    As advised by the government, we will do all that we can to stay open for the children of key workers. However, I need to remind everyone of the advice which says “If it is possible for children to be at home then they should be”.

    Currently, we do not know how long schools will remain closed.

    Thank you to parents who have confirmed they will need to send their children into college next week.

    Students should arrive in school uniform and report to Areté, where teachers will be present to receive them.

    Following the DfE advice, I want to stress that the college will not be following the national curriculum at this time.

    During the period of college closure, we want all our students to engage in regular, daily learning.

    Please check ‘Show My Homework’, GCSE pod and Google Classroom where work will be regularly updated by teachers.

    If your child is in receipt of a free school meal, then arrangements have been made to collect a weekly lunch box.

    Please see the letter from Chartwells advising you of nearest collection point, which can be found here . The letter also contains contact details should you need them.

    Parents who currently have standing orders for buses and/or music lessons should cancel these from the end of March. Any refunds due will be organised in April and any outstanding debt will be collected in August.

    Once this pandemic begins to resolve and schools reopen, we will make arrangements for Years 11 and 13 to celebrate their time at St Bede’s properly. Once we have information about GCSE and A level grades, we will pass this on as well.

    I will continue to provide you with regular emails and updates in the days ahead. Please do check the website regularly.

    Thank you for your continued support. We pray for everyone throughout the weeks ahead.

    With every blessing

    J G Maher  

    Updated 20th March 2020

    We have today received updated information regarding ‘key workers’.

    It asks that parents and schools follow these key principles:

    1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

    2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
    3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
    4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
    5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

    If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

    Health and social care

    This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

    Education and childcare

    This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

    Key public services

    This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

    Local and national government

    This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

    Food and other necessary goods

    This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

    Public safety and national security

    This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.


    This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

    Utilities, communication and financial services

    This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

    If you fall into one of these categories, and will be sending your children to college next week, please ensure that you telephone the college by midday today so that we can provide appropriate staff cover and also prepare for the school meals service to provide food from Monday onwards.

    Full guidance to parents can be found here:

    Updated 19th March 2020 – 12 noon


    According to examples of key workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require. 

    If you fall into one of these categories, and will be sending your children to college next week, please ensure that you telephone the college by midday on Friday so that we can provide appropriate staff cover and also prepare for the school meals service to provide food from Monday onwards.

    This information will be updated when a more definitive list is provided.


    Updated 19th March 2020

    Following yesterday’s announcement that all schools in the UK are to close from Friday 20th March for the foreseeable future, I thought it appropriate to update you with what information I have currently.

    Later this morning the Government will publish their list of key workers and I would ask that if you fall into one of these categories, and will be sending your children to college next week, that you telephone the college by midday on Friday so that I can provide appropriate staff cover and also prepare for the school meals service to provide food from Monday onwards.

    The Government are hoping to give more details tomorrow regarding the examinations in the summer.  I share the anxiety of all our students and you as parents regarding the lack of clarity, and once I have more details I will be passing this on to you all.  Although they have stated that students will not be sitting exams in May and June there is no specific guidance regarding August and September at this time.

    Please continue to follow the Government updates which can be accessed via the link on the college website.

    During this unprecedented time, I am sure you can appreciate that the volume of correspondence to the college has increased, therefore, we may not be able to respond to parents about individual cases.  As stated previously always follow Government guidance.

    I will, of course, update you as soon as information is available.  I appreciate that this is a challenging and difficult time for us all.  Please be assured that we are doing all that we can to keep your child’s education as productive as possible.

    With prayers and every blessing.

    J.G Maher


    Updated 18th March 2020 - 2.00pm

    Dear Parent/Carer


    As you are aware, school staff must follow the guidelines set by the government during this current pandemic.

    Due to an increasing number of staff unable to attend college, it has become necessary to restrict the numbers of pupils in college.

    With effect from Thursday 19th March 2020, only Years 7, 11, 12 and 13 and children of NHS staff should attend school and buses will run as normal.

    Those who attend college will not have all their teachers present but we have managed to arrange staff so that where a regular teacher is not available children will be supervised, safe and engaged in productive work.

    Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils should work from home and work will be set for those year groups which can be accessed via Show My Homework where extensive resources are also available.

    In addition, Year 8 pupils can spend time revising for their imminent examinations.

    The attendance record for children required to work at home will not be affected as a consequence of this enforced absence and will read “working off site”.

    It is regrettable that this partial closure, which I can assure you is unavoidable, will be an inconvenience to a number of parents. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

    Clearly these are challenging times for us all but I would like to commend all our students for their conduct and attitude around the college in what is becoming an increasingly difficult scenario for us all.

    Let us keep all those who are and will be affected by this pandemic in our prayers throughout the days  ahead.

    Yours sincerely

    Mr J G Maher


    Updated 18th March 2020

    St. Bede’s Catholic College has been working to develop a comprehensive and supportive range of solutions to facilitate the best possible contingency in the event of disruption to the college. 

    We are considering the needs of all members of the college community, with a focus on ensuring all remain calm, safe and supported, which will enable students to continue learning in the most effective way possible.

    Please click the link below for updated advice for households with symptoms:

    Thank you for your continued support in these unprecedented times.  We will keep you updated with any changes as they occur.

    Let us keep all those who are and will be affected by this pandemic in our prayers throughout the challenges ahead.

    Updated 17th March 2020

    Following the announcement from Central Government yesterday advising that schools should remain open.  This will be the case for St. Bede’s Catholic College unless further advice is issued and as long as there is appropriate staff cover.  Parents will be informed of any updates as soon as we have them.

    In the meantime, the following advice is being discussed in college and I would encourage you to do the same at home.

    COVID -19 - Explaining to children

    Children and young people look to adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events. They need reassurance on how to stay safe:

    • reassure them that health care professionals are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy
    • explain that at the present moment very few people in this country are sick with the virus
    • tell them that not everyone will get the full symptoms of the virus and the vast majority who do get the virus recover fully
    • provide direct Government advice, with regular updates as they become available.  Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control

    If the adults in their lives seem overly worried, their own anxiety may rise:

    • if they are anxious, let them talk about their feelings and guide them in re-framing their thoughts and concerns to a more helpful way of thinking
    • continue to provide opportunities for children to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.
    • Avoid giving/providing personal opinions, try and stick to the Government guidance.  It is OK to say “We don’t know the answer to that just yet”.

      We remember to keep the vulnerable in our prayers at this time.

    Updated 16th March 2020
    The latest information coming from Central Government is that schools should remain open.  This will be the case for St. Bede's Catholic College.  In these uncertain times however, should this position change then parents will be informed.  If you are self-isolating your children please click the following link for guidance:
    All planned day trips and parents' evenings have been postponed and we will update you as time progresses.

    Updated 13th March 2020

    We will continue to monitor the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID -19) and update Parents and Carers with advice and guidance from the Department for Education and Public Health England. 

    We currently have no students or staff who have tested positive for the Coronavirus.  We are reminding students daily about the importance of regular hand washing and have provided tissues, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser.

    Although younger people are unlikely to become seriously ill, we do have some members of the school community who have relevant conditions that make them more vulnerable and we want to do all that we can to make school as safe a place as possible.

    If your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus it is important we know.  Should any child be self-isolating following the advice and guidance from Public Health England, they will be coded as ‘Y’ and therefore their college attendance record will not be penalised.

    If your child has a raised temperature and/or a new cough, please do keep them off school and let us know.

    If you have any queries about the impact of coronavirus on schools there is a helpline for questions relating to this which parents can access:

    Phone: 0800 046 8687


    Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

    Given the ongoing and changing picture both in the UK and across the world, it is becoming increasingly likely that St. Bede’s will be subject to a full or part closure in the upcoming days or weeks.  We will provide work for students to access primarily through Show My Homework and other online platforms.

    Please contact Mr King at the college if internet access is likely to be an issue for your child and we will look to provide paper resources for them.

    Clearly international trips are the subject of a Government ban and trip leaders at St Bede’s are in contact with the holiday companies.  Once more detailed information is available we will send the information to you.  However, the Ski and Berlin trips will not be going ahead at this time.

    Please do pray for all the NHS teams responding to this outbreak and for the government and for a careful scientifically led public response.  

    Mr J.G Maher


    In college, we are acting on the advice here   
    For further information and guidance please follow the Public Health England link here 



    © 2020 St. Bede's Catholic College. St Bede's Catholic College, a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, company number 07798550. Registered office: St Bede's Catholic College, Long Cross, Bristol, BS11 0SU.