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ST Bede's

Catholic College

    A LEVEL & GCSE RESULTS DAY INFORMATION AND SIXTH FORM ENROLMENT

    A Level Results Day — Thursday 18th August

    From 8.15am on Thursday 18th August, students will be able to log on to UCAS track to check the status of their application.

    Year 13 results will be available to collect from Lecture Theatre from 8.30am to 11.00am

    GCSE Results Day — Thursday 25th August

    GCSE Results can be collected from the college between 9.00am—11.00am

    Sixth Form Enrolment and confirmation of your place within the Sixth Form will happen on Thursday 25th August 2022, once you have collected your GCSE results.

    Where students have met the entry requirements for the Sixth Form and the subjects they have selected to study, there will be an online form to complete from home.  Entry requirements can be found under the Sixth Form tab on our website.  Enrolment will close at 4pm on Friday 26th August 2022.  Please ensure you have enrolled by this deadline in order to secure your place.  Late applications to enrol will only be accepted subject to the availability of places and we are expecting to be oversubscribed this year so encourage you to enrol early. Course places are subject to spaces in the class being available, as well as entry requirements.  Please enrol early to avoid disappointment.  

    For students who have not met the Areté entry requirements for the subjects they would like to study, there will be a slip in the results envelope asking you to stay on the College site for further discussion in E5 (the computer suite)

     

    Message from Mr King, Principal 21st July 2022

    Wow, what a year! Beginning the term last September with optimism and enthusiasm has helped the college successfully chart a course through a challenging national and local landscape. The removal of "bubbles" and the return of practical lessons and co-curricular activities meant the year has been rich and rewarding for us all.

    The students, staff and governors made the college proud through the Ofsted and Diocesan inspections that took place in October and November respectively. It was a blessing to be able celebrate the Advent service together with our students and families in December and the New Year brought retreats to Kintbury. The production of High School Musical, the unbelievable uptake of Duke of Edinburgh Award, and the ongoing success of our sports teams have been other highlights of the year. I have recently been so proud of our Houses as they have all raised money, collected donations and given their time in other ways to support local, national and international charities.

    Enrichment Week has been a fantastic last big event of the year.  Students have either been on work experience, on trips, or in school doing a mixture of sports, drama, dance, computing, cooking, poetry, conservation, science and enterprise. We look forward to celebrating exam success with the Year 11 and Year 13 students in August.

    May I wish you all a wonderful summer, enjoy time with family and friends, and I look forward to working with you all again in September. 

    God bless,

    Rob King

    Principal

    Message from Mr King, Principal 4th July 2022 

    I am pleased to be able to formally announce the next exciting step in the journey of our Areté sixth form. As you know, St Bede's moved from seven form entry (180 students) to eight form entry (207 students) in September 2018, at the request of Bristol City Council.

    This change was designed to help ease the pressure that was building in the city on secondary school places. This means the college's first bigger cohort will be finishing Year 11 in the summer of 2023. Our current sixth form buildings will therefore not be big enough to take the larger cohort in September 2023 and the further growth expected in September 2024. The governors have agreed to construct a new building beside our current sixth form building to increase capacity with a summer of 2023 deadline.

    We believe that the physical environment has a direct impact on the quality of education. St Bede's has always prided itself on building and maintaining high quality buildings, classrooms and other educational workspaces and this project is no different. The new building will provide an inspirational space in which students and future students can aspire to greatness, whilst also providing the quality practical space to excel.

    God bless,

    Rob King

    Principal

    Message from Mr King, Principal 17th June 2022

    Pentecost was a wonderful start to this term as we considered the power of the Holy Spirit in guiding our lives. We celebrated the birth of the Church and thought about how the gift of many languages to the disciples highlighted the need for our community to be unified in our diversity. 

    I am in awe of the students as they continue through this exam season with fortitude and good humour. They have embodied the "Work Hard" element of the St Bede's Way, committing to be the best they can be in order to transform the world for God's glory. Our students continue to exemplify their kindness through ongoing charity and chaplaincy work.

    I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank the staff team, led by Dr Walsh, that continue to give their time and energy to make the Duke of Edinburgh scheme such a success this year. We have 220 students involved, the most we have ever had, and I would encourage younger students to take up these opportunities when they move into the upper school. 

    God bless,

    Rob King

    Principal

     

     

    Message from Mr King, Principal 20th May 2022

    Over the last 12 months, St. Bede's has been in the process of upgrading its energy supply so that the main building's heating and electricity are now supplied through solar panels.  This was a huge investment and vital work to improve the carbon footprint of the college, along with saving the college money in the future as energy prices soar.  This is a first step in our bigger mission to inspire students to be good stewards of the earth, to conserve and protect God’s creation and the earth’s resources.  Thank you to my colleagues that worked tirelessly to ensure this project was a success and I look forward to working with the students to make further advances in the future.

    As you know, it is my desire that we consistently live out our core mission to ensure that each child is challenged and given every opportunity to flourish and grow spiritually, academically and socially within a Christian environment. With this in mind, the governors have agreed to support me in driving our college improvement agenda by increasing in-service training (INSET) in 2022/23.  We will maintain our normal five INSET days, but will add some shorter afternoon sessions for staff to focus on improving their practice in areas such as mastery, curriculum development, leadership, SEND provision, and pastoral care. This will mean the college day will be slightly shortened on occasion next academic year, but I am confident the impact of this work will have a huge impact on the quality of provision at St Bede's next year and well beyond.   We will ensure the impact on the curriculum is spread evenly and I will be able to circulate the agreed dates and times for INSET after the June governors meeting.   

    God bless,

    Rob King

    Principal

     

     

    Message from Mr King, 6th May 2022

    As we move towards the summer exam season, I want to reflect on the particular successes of Years 11 and 13. These year groups have managed their disrupted educational journey with great stoicism and resilience and are tackling their revision programmes with great determination. We are all very proud of them and wish them all the best for the next couple of months. 

    Thursday’s annual Prize Giving allowed us to gather as students, staff and families to celebrate the successes of our students. Awards were presented for attitude, achievement and excellence in certain subjects, as well whole college awards for commitment to the spiritual life, charity, the college community and many other things. Our guest speaker, Mr Junior Saunders, delivered an engaging and inspirational speech to all in attendance.

    Last Thursday saw the college host another very special event.  Usually students prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation through their parishes, but this year the college was able to offer a programme.  The successful group were all anointed by Bishop Declan at the mass at St Bede's. It was a moving occasion, as each student declared "I am ready and willing". 

    I have also been immensely proud of the students in Bell Burnell living out their Catholic Social Teaching via their huge charity fundraising event. All students have been involved in some way and their commitment to St Peter's Hospice shows their understanding of the importance of the life and dignity of the human person.

    God bless,

    Rob King

     

    Message from Mr King, 7th April 2022

    Lent has proven a wonderful season for the college. The students have committed whole-heartedly to their charity work, raising money for Ukraine and beyond.

    The increased opportunities to pray and reflect have been well received and our visiting priests were impressed with the respectful approach our students took to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It was wonderful to hear of the success of our KS4 retreats to Kintbury.

    The creative arts have flourished this term through High School Musical, the Spring Art Exhibition and Concert and the KS5 Art trip to Cornwall. The engagement across all co-curricular activities continues to grow, especially in PE and the college sports teams go from strength to strength.

    Thank you to all our students and staff for their hard work this term, it really is noticed and appreciated. Everyone deserves a well earned rest over the next fortnight, though I know Year 11 and 13 will have to work hard to manage the balance between rest and revision! 

    I wish you and your families a joyful and peaceful Easter and I look forward to working with you all again next term.

    God bless,

    Rob King

    Principal

    Message from Mr King, 1st April 2022

    Dear families,

    As you may know, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, has recently set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April. 

    Based on this guidance the new policy for students is below:

    ·         Students who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They should return to college when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.

    ·         Students with a positive COVID-19 test result should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for three days, which is when they are most infectious.

    I understand that any change in processes and procedures around COVID-19 can cause uncertainty and anxiety for some of us. We will continue to do everything we can within the government framework to keep each other safe and hopefully the summer term will come with a natural reduction in cases. Thank you again for your support through this challenging period. 

    Best wishes as always,

    Rob King

    Principal

     

    Message from Mr King, Principal 25th March2022

    The students and staff at St Bede's have continued to be shocked and horrified by the pictures and stories coming from the war in Ukraine. The impact on civilian life is unimaginable and the fact that ten million Ukrainians have had to flee their homes is sobering. I was so proud of the students on our Day for Ukraine last week when they accessorised their uniforms in blue and yellow in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. £900 was raised for the CAFOD's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. We pray that peace comes soon.  As well as looking outwards in the world, we continue to work to improve the feeling of acceptance and belonging for all members of our St Bede's community.

    This month we began work towards the Anti-Racist School Award aimed at celebrating our successes but also identifying where we could improve in this area. The college has also this week adopted the Halo Code which means we champion the right of staff and students to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. St Bede's explicitly acknowledges that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black staff and students' racial, ethnic, cultural and religious identities, and requires specific styling for health and maintenance. We are only the second school in the city to do this. 

    Staff absence due to COVID-19 has become very challenging over the last fortnight and we appreciate all your support as we work hard to maintain an excellent experience for all students. 

    Best wishes,

    Rob King

    Principal

     

    28th February 2022

    Dear families,

    As I am sure you are aware, the Prime Minister announced on Monday 21st February the next phase of the government’s COVID-19 response ‘Living with COVID-19’.
     
    The key changes for St Bede's are:
    • a removal of the recommendation for twice weekly asymptomatic testing for students and staff.
    • the removal of the requirement for fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days, or for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate.
    St Bede's will no longer be able to order bulk supplies of lateral flow tests. Only if the college is deemed to have an outbreak might we be advised by a director of public health, the local authority, or a local health protection team to resume regular testing.
    • a removal of the legal requirement to self-isolate when testing positive for COVID-19.
    Despite this, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be asked to stay at home and take a PCR test, and anyone with a positive test will be required to stay at home for ten days or until they test negative for two consecutive days from day five, whichever is the sooner. If a student or member of staff has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, the college will take the decision to refuse the student or member of staff if, in our reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other students and members of staff from possible infection with COVID-19. If well enough, staff and students will be able to work from home whilst isolating .
     
    Our focus will continue to be on maintaining a safe environment for students and staff whilst maintaining access to education for as many children as possible. 
     
    Best wishes,
     
    Rob King
    Principal

    Message from Mr King, Friday 11th February 2022

    On Sunday, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Seventy years of serving her country is a hugely impressive feat and is to be commended. She has obviously seen much change over this period yet she has remained resolute and dedicated to her role as Head of State.

    Her servant leadership is wholly in line with the Gospel values and supports our Work Hard message here at St. Bede's. We continue to talk about the reasons for working hard; to make the most of our God-given potential and then use these gifts and talents for the common good. The Queen is a great example of all of this.

    Next week is the second round of COVID-19 vaccinations for students whose parents have given permission. This measure supports our continued work on mitigating the risks of the pandemic and I again thank the students, staff and families again for their support in keeping cases relatively low across the college.

    Best wishes for a restful half-term next week and God bless,

    Rob King

    Principal

    Message from Mr King, Friday 28th January 2022

    This week marks half way through the college year and so it is a good time to take stock. The students have been fantastic, managing the disruption of isolations, mask wearing etc. so well and showing an impressive resilience in their commitment to their studies. I would like to commend my colleagues that work tirelessly to inspire and nurture our students and say another thank you to our families for their support of the college through a challenging few months.

    One of my highlights of the year has been the return of many of our co-curricular activities. To name just a few: our sports clubs and teams have been very successful, the High School Musical rehearsals look and sound wonderful, the Eco Club is bursting at the seams with new members and the Duke of Edinburgh Award continues to go from strength to strength. Our culture of taking the opportunities life provides continues to be well developed in our students. 

    As you will know the country has moved back to Plan A, meaning face coverings are not mandated in schools any more. This said, their wearing has been a successful part of our COVID-19 measures and we encourage all those that want to continue to wear them to do so. If we have an increase in cases over the next few weeks we may have to reintroduce their compulsory use. In order to continue to protect children and drivers, it is an expectation that face coverings are still to be worn on home/school transport services, despite no longer being required by law. We shall regularly review the situation with our transport provider and advise families accordingly in due course. 

    To finish, I would like to join Pope Francis in offering our prayers for peace in the Ukraine/Russia crisis. We hope that tensions decrease and a diplomatic solution is found soon.

    God bless,

    Rob King

    Principal 

     

    Wednesday 19th January 2022

    You may have seen that today the Prime Minister announced that from tomorrow, Thursday 20 January, face coverings will no longer be recommended in classrooms and teaching spaces for staff and students. As you know, they were introduced in classrooms at the start of Term 3 as a temporary measure. Face coverings will continue to be required in communal spaces such as corridors until Thursday 27th January when they will no longer be recommended. Any student or staff member may choose to continue to wear their face coverings beyond these dates if they feel more comfortable doing so.

    The government's decision comes in response to national infection data showing the prevalence of COVID-19 to be on a downward trajectory. Whilst there are some groups where cases are likely to continue rising, the government has judged that it is likely that the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally. There remains significant pressure on the NHS but hospital admissions have stabilised, and the number of patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU) remain low and are falling.

    Many thanks for your support in implementing this policy over the last few weeks - I am sure it has made a difference in keeping cases at St Bede's relatively low.


    Best wishes,
    Mr R King
    Principal

     

    Message from Mr King, Principal
    Friday 14th January 2022

    A new year comes with new hopes, plans and resolutions. It can be a time for optimism and excitement as we consider what is possible in 2022. To make these dreams a reality we are often encouraged to share them publicly and ask for support from loved ones. In this spirit, I would like to share two of my aspirations for the college this year:

    1. Continue our focus on why we are strong together. Explore the commonalities that draw us together within our community.

    2. Celebrate our diversity. Look at why our different histories and cultures bring strength to our college family.
    Please encourage your children and all those within our community to embrace these aspirations and support each other in their completion.

    This week the Year 13s have begun their mock exams. Their hard work and organisational skills have been impressive and we hope their results are just reward.

    We are also approaching the exciting time of subject options for Year 8 and Year 9 students. Please can I encourage families to be vigilant for options booklets being distributed by email and invitations to the options evening. We look forward to working with you to ensure your child makes appropriate decisions about their future studies.

    To finish, let me thank you all again for your support of our COVID-19 measures. Cases have remained low in the student and staff body because of the good work around cleaning, ventilation, face coverings, testing and vaccinations. We will continue to make this a priority for the rest of this term. Another change to the self-isolation guidance will come into effect on Monday 17th January. Please read the article later in this newsletter for more details.
    God bless,
     
    Rob King
    Principal
     
     
     
    Message from Mr King, Principal - 7th January 2022
     
    Dear families,
     
    Happy new year and I hope you all had a restful Christmas. Term restarted this week with lateral flow testing and assemblies about Being Kind and the usual routines of lessons and co-curricular activities have been reestablished. The service to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany was excellent and helped us all focus on this new season. We wish all Year 13s good luck with their mock exams that start next week.
     
    As you will have heard in the press, from Monday 11th January, positive lateral flow tests do not need to be followed with a PCR test. The diagram below shows what students and staff should do if they test positive on a lateral flow test and how they may be able to return to college from the 7th day:
     
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    We continue to encourage students and staff to test twice a week, on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.
     
    We expect the vaccine team to return to St Bede's for the students' second vaccine in late February, early March. For those students that were vaccinated early parents can now book second (or first if they were missed previously) vaccinations for 12–15-year-olds through the national vaccination system. Here is a link to the booking system for vaccinations: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

    The drop-in vaccination clinics open to 12–15-year-olds for first dose and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, if eligible, for dates between 7 Jan and 14 Jan 2022 can be seen below.

    Saturday 8 Jan

    9am-5pm: Vaccination Centre @UWE Bristol, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1QY

    10am-4pm: Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Beam Street, Barton Hill, Bristol BS5 9QY.

    Sunday 9 Jan

    9am-5pm: Vaccination Centre @UWE Bristol, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1QY

    Tuesday 11 Jan

    9am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5pm: Bristol Rapid Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, Bristol BS2 9DA.

    12.30pm-6pm: For All Healthy Living Centre,  Lonsdale Avenue, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SJ. Limited capacity.

    Wednesday 12 Jan

    12pm-8pm: Easton Christian Family Centre, Beaufort Street, Easton, Bristol BS5 0SQ. Limited capacity.

    Many thanks for your continued support,
     
    Rob King
    Principal

    Curriculum Evening

    Year 9 Curriculum Evening is scheduled to take place for year 9 students and parents/carers on Thursday 20th January at 6.30pm.  Further details to follow

    Year 8 Curriculum Evening is scheduled to take place on Thursday 27th January at 6.30pm.  Further details to follow.

     

    The government has asked schools to complete one round of lateral flow tests with students on their return to college from the Christmas break. For this reason we will need to have a staggered start to the term, similar to September.

    Only Year 9, 10 and Post 16 will attend on Tuesday 4th January.

    Only Year 7, 8 and 11 will attend on Wednesday 5th January.

    All students will attend from Thursday 6th January.

    Remote education will be provided for students working at home.

     

    Message from Mr King - 10th December 2021

    Dear families,

    As the government asks the nation to move to Plan B, we will be making a few further changes to procedures at St Bede's in order to keep our community safe. We will ask that all visitors, including parents, have a pre-arranged visit before arriving at college. All visitors should complete a lateral flow test before arriving and then wear a face covering whilst in the building - this applies to those families attending next week's Advent services too. 
     
    The government has also asked schools to complete one round of lateral flow tests with students on their return to college from the Christmas break. For this reason we will need to have a staggered start to the term, similar to September. Only Year 9, 10 and Post 16 will attend on Tuesday 4th January. Only Year 7, 8 and 11 will attend on Wednesday 5th January. All students will attend from Thursday 6th January. Remote education will be provided for students working at home.
     
    Thank you for your understanding.
     
    Rob King
    Principal 

    Message from Mr King, Friday 26th November 2021.

    Dear families,

    As you know, the college recently underwent a Section 48 Inspection. The report has now been published and I am delighted to be able to announce that St Bede's was judged to be outstanding in all areas.
     
    The report outlines so much of what makes this college such a special place to study, particularly emphasising the quality of the Catholic Life, the excellent Religious Education and the centrality of prayer to the life of the school. I would encourage you to read it over the next few days.
     
    It can now be found on the college website:
     
     
    At this point I would like to thank our families for their support of the college's distinctive ethos, the students for their daily commitment to working hard, being kind and doing the right thing and my colleagues for their dedication to the college and the children. Let us all work together to further improve this Catholic college over the next few years. 
     
    Best wishes for a lovely weekend,
     
    Rob King
     
    Principal

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    Message from Mr King

    19th November 2021

    Dear families,

    I find myself writing again to show my appreciation to families, students and staff for your support and prayers, this time through our second inspection of the year. The diocesan Section 48 inspection report is due to be published next week, so I cannot yet share the formal outcome, but I wanted to share some of the positive feedback on our students.

    Inspectors said "the students are able to articulate why they feel it is important to be a part of a Catholic school" and "understand Catholic social teaching". Students are "respectful and reverent" in the Liturgy of the Word and in other prayer opportunities. Throughout, they felt students were "powerful representatives of the college".

    A huge thank you to our families, parishes and feeder primary schools - we at St Bede's only build on the excellent work you have done with these children in their formative years. I am pleased we are able to continue their spiritual journey and bring them into a closer relationship with Christ.

    God bless,

    Robert King

    Principal

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    Message from Mr King

    5th November 2021

    Dear families

    Term 2 has begun with great enthusiasm. Students and staff have returned from their break refreshed and lessons have begun with engagement and focus. The rehearsals for the Advent service and this year's production are both up and running, and a number of new co-curricular opportunities will begin later this term. 
     
    Thank you all for your support in maintaining the COVID-19 health and safety measures including twice weekly testing, mask wearing on buses and regular handwashing. The college cleaning regime is still operating at a high level. The availability of vaccinations for our students is the next step of these measures.
     
    We have been contacted by the Sirona NHS Vaccination team and they have confirmed that COVID-19 and flu vaccinations will be available in college during the week commencing the 15th of November. All information and consent forms will be sent out to families over the next few days - there will be separate consent forms for the two vaccinations. Please do note that there is a very strict cut off date to the acceptance of the vaccinations and due care should be taken as to which vaccination you would like your child to have, if any.
    The link which we will send you will take you directly to the NHS Site and will give you all the details. 
     
    The COVID-19 vaccination in school is offered to all pupils who have already turned 12 years old and up to the age of 16. If your child is already 16 and has not had the vaccination, they are still able to receive it in school and need not visit a walk-in centre to do so.  
     
    The flu vaccination offered is a live vaccination (nasal spray) and will be offered for all pupils in school from Year 7 to Year 11. Please be aware that since the flu vaccination is a live vaccination you may want to check with your local health care provider if anyone in your family is immunocompromised.  
     
    Please make use of your SIMS Parent app to update your email address on our system if you have made any recent changes to it.
     
    God bless,
    Robert King
    Principal
     
    Message from Mr King, Principal
    Friday 22nd October 2021

    Dear all,

    The college has had a fantastic first term, with students embracing the focus on "Work Hard. Be Kind. Do the Right Thing" in all that they do. The return of mass, assemblies, chaplaincy, practical science, art, music and drama lessons, sports clubs, choir, Duke of Edinburgh, amongst much more, have really enriched the experience of students and helped foster an atmosphere of positivity and hope. 
     
    Last night was the Arete sixth form open evening. The event was very well attended and it was great to see students so engaged with the decision making process and asking such pertinent questions of the academic and pastoral staff. Arete is continuing to flourish and we look forward to supporting students' transition from Year 11 to Year 12 over the next 10 months. 
     
    In our continued attempts to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the St Bede's community, I would ask all students to please continue to complete their twice weekly lateral flow tests through the holiday and into next term. Please remember that all students using buses to get to college should wear face coverings for those journeys.
     
    As we now know the COVID-19 vaccination programme for our students will not be for a few more weeks, I just wanted to draw your attention to a new opportunity for 12-15 year olds to receive their vaccine out of school through vaccination centres. This offer will run in parallel to the in-school vaccination programme. Parents of children aged 12 to 15 will be able to book an appointment out of school, if this option is preferred, using the link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
     
    Please remember Monday 1st November is an INSET day, so we look forward to welcoming the students back on Tuesday 2nd November.
     
    God bless,
     
    Robert King
    Principal

     

    Message from Mr King, Principal

    Another great fortnight has passed at St Bede's and I write to commend the students on their attitude to learning and behaviours for excellence. As I mentioned in a recent letter, we have been focusing on the college's culture and developing an understanding of The St. Bede's Way. We wanted to clarify for students, families and staff the college mission and how we do things here. To that end, we have finalised two key documents linked below. They are the result of input from teachers, students and governors and reflect our joint vision for the college's present and future.


    Mission Statement
    The St. Bede's Way


    We said a fond farewell to Father Cosmas this week as he celebrated mass with us for the last time. He has supported the college immensely over the last few years and for that we are extremely grateful. We pray he settles well in his new London parish.


    The government this week confirmed that the guidance for twice weekly lateral flow tests remains in place for students and staff. For the sake of the health of all in our community, please do encourage your children to continue to take their tests regularly - We suggest Sundays and Wednesdays. The first pack of tests given at the beginning of term should run out this weekend, so students will be provided with new packs early next week.


    Further information on what parents and carers need to know about schools during COVID-19 can be found here.


    Thank you for your ongoing support in this period of transition.
    God bless,
    Robert King
    Principal

     

    17th September 2021

    After a fantastic first two weeks of term, I wanted to start by thanking all the students, staff and families for their support, warmth and engagement. As we move towards a more normal way of school life, with collective worship, house assemblies, shared lunchtimes and new co-curricular activities, it is fantastic to see the smiles on the faces of the members of our community.

    Our new Year 7s have made an excellent start, and it was lovely to see so many of their families at last night's welcome mass and information evening. The students have already shown a wide range of gifts, skills and virtues and I know this year group is going to be an absolute credit to the college.

    We have also welcomed our largest cohort into the Year 12 of our Arete sixth form. It is hugely pleasing to see increasing numbers of students choosing St Bede's for their post-16 study. The students have begun the year with enthusiasm and, with the support of their teachers, will manage the transition from KS4 to KS5 well.

    The focus of the first fortnight has been the college's culture and developing an understanding of The St Bede's Way. A more detailed document will be finalised over the next few weeks, but I wanted to share the three agreed simple messages for all members of our college family: Work Hard. Be Kind. Do the Right Thing. We believe if we concentrate on doing these things on a daily basis the college will thrive and each student will become the best version of themselves.

    God bless, 

    Robert King 

    Principal  

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    Tuesday 13th September 2021

    Dear families,

    I hope you are all well and that your children have enjoyed their first week back in college. Thank you to them and you for your support of the testing process – we successfully completed over 2000 lateral flow tests, all of which returned negative results.

    Please continue to support our community to keep each other safe by encouraging your children to return to the twice weekly testing at home. Test kits were distributed to children at the end of last week, but if you are running short at any time please ask your child to request a new pack from their tutor.

    School life has now returned to close to normal, and it is great to see the students all together around the college. Our Wednesday voluntary mass will resume in a couple of weeks’ time and in preparation for this students are taking part in year group collective worship services over the first fortnight of term. Lessons have returned to their specialised classrooms which is fantastic for the academic progress of the students and we are delighted that co-curricular activities have already re-started with many more pencilled in over the next few weeks and months.

    The students’ uniform has been of a very good standard to begin the year, so a very big thank you for your support in this area. Please continue to remind your children that footwear should not be branded, the only jewellery permitted is one stud in each ear, and mobile phones can be “on site” but must remain “out of sight”.

    We are introducing a new home learning platform this year called Class Charts. Students are receiving their logins this week and so normal home learning expectations will begin on Monday 20th September. Families will receive their logins early next week and so you will be able to see the work set and support your children with it. Please encourage your child to organise their time well around their home learning and develop strong independent working routines to allow them to be the best they can be this year.

    Kind regards,

    Rob King

    Principal

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