The Areté Sixth Form within St. Bede’s Catholic College has quickly established itself as one of the leading Post-16 providers within Bristol. It is an outstanding college where students are encouraged to excel.
At Areté we strive for academic excellence by enabling students to achieve their full potential. Combining academic work with an extensive co-curricular programme prepares each individual for a full and rewarding life.
The college has a distinctive culture and climate where staff strive to promote a love of learning and intellectual curiosity. Our young people are valued, stimulated and challenged to develop their talents to the full, whatever their ability, within a calm and industrious environment. We support students to become active, critical and open-minded thinkers. Areté is a place where achievement, effort and diversity are valued and celebrated.
Students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and to track their progress against challenging targets. Working to be the best you can be is our aim and expectation for students and staff.
Areté offers a broad and balanced curriculum giving students the best possible advantage in preparation for their future, encouraging them to develop individual gifts and talents. It is designed and taught to bring about success in terms of external examinations, as well as opening avenues into wider learning.
A Level options on offer are largely those referred to as ‘facilitating subject’ by the Russell Group universities. This study path equips students with the skills they need to access a range of competitive courses and increases their chances of study at the most respected academic institutions, if this is their desire. In addition, the Extended Project Qualification is available for those who seek to stand out and compete favourably with the best when applying to well-established universities.
At Areté we want to ensure students are supported and valued. The ethos of the college is shaped by Christian principles of unselfish love, integrity and humility. Everyone can contribute towards creating this spirit through our community. The Sixth Form is at the forefront of our college and we are committed to providing an excellent education which empowers all students to be the best they can be.
Miss L Kirkbright
Director of Sixth Form