St Bede’s Pastoral team has created an environment where all students feel known, valued, cared for, safe, liked and respected. The students’ best interests are at the heart of all we do. We believe all students should have the opportunity to achieve and excel. No student is invisible. All students feel nurtured and supported and leave college fully equipped with the necessary skills to live happy, healthy and fruitful lives. Our primary goal is to care for all students as children of God and to this end we cater for their spiritual, physical, social, educational and emotional needs.
Student attendance is excellent and well above national average. Students enjoy and want to attend college. They have high expectations of good manners, mutual respect and knowing right from wrong in line with the St Bede's Way. Pride is taken in the wearing of correct uniform.
Students strive to achieve leadership positions giving them whole College and House responsibilities, (such as College Council, tutor rep, prefects, mentors, sports captain and charity committee) and eagerly volunteer to participate in inter-House activities, including sport, chaplaincy work and charity events.
The Pastoral team understand the expectations and responsibilities of pastoral care and the importance of quality teamwork and communication.
Our strong team of tutors care passionately for their tutees and help guide them through their time at St. Bede’s. Tutors and the Head of House speak regularly about the progress of their students to ensure no child is left behind. All barriers to learning are addressed and overcome, where possible. Communication between Pastoral Leaders, tutors and parents is strong. The circle of communication around the students is complete.
Pastoral Leaders work hand-in-hand with SLT, student support team, well-being team, SENDCO, attendance officer and outside agencies to ensure there are positive opportunities, inclusion and support for every student. All barriers to learning are addressed and overcome, where possible and sympathetic and supportive guidance offered to all
Year 7 work together well and have a strong identity. A healthy level of competition between all tutor groups exist in both house points and house activities. The Head of Year 7 spends time daily with students getting to know them as well as meeting regularly with the student support team, the SENCO and students support team to monitor progress, plan and action any interventions identified.
Strong connections are held between the Head of Year and the primary schools to ensure transition to secondary school for all students is successful. Thorough transition data is collected on all students and shared with all staff who are involved in their direct pastoral care.
Bell Burnell House are committed to the house motto, “Together Everyone Achieves More”. They have great drive and determination to succeed and they are proud to wear the red tie. Charity events are extremely valued within the House and the students understand the importance of helping those less fortunate.
Descartes House provides a safe and secure environment where its students can learn through experience how to approach and deal with success and failure. The House motto ‘different people, different strengths’ encourages students to value building great relationships, mix well and grow in strength together. Students support and mentor each other daily and have embedded a coaching culture where all students are supported.
Pasteur House is a forward thinking and innovative House and students embrace all challenges through its motto ‘anything is possible’. All students are encouraged to celebrate their talents musically and academically in assemblies and whole college events. Students have a passion for collaboration which is seen through its work both inside and outside of the college through its work with other Houses and also partner primary schools.
Seacole House has built its identity around compassion and diversity as was shown by Mary Seacole in her support of people around the globe. Students are committed to the House Motto of ‘Support and Succeed’. This is seen through students supporting each other to achieve success and to grow into young people ready to flourish in their chosen pathways.