St Bede’s School Redhill Surrey
home of Paul’s *PG Academy of Cricket (PGACricket)
About St Bede’s School:
“St Bede’s opened in September 1976 as the World’s first joint Church of England and Roman Catholic School (founded at the same time as St Cuthbert Maine school in Plymouth). With the support of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops, St Joseph’s RC Secondary School and Bishop Simpson Church of England Girls’ School united to become the single Church Secondary school for the area.
Always seeking to develop, St Bede’s moved to welcome children from Free Church families as well as Anglicans and Roman Catholics. Local Free Churches are represented on our Governing Body, making us the only “officially” fully ecumenical Church school in the world. We are the only educational establishment to be formally recognised as a local ecumenical project by Churches Together in England.
In November 1988, the Bishops laid the foundation stone for new buildings that would bring all the school onto its present site (until then, part of the school was on Frenches Road). During 1999 the school saw a further major building programme to provide new accommodation for science and to refurbish large parts of the school, providing new facilities for ICT, the library, careers, as well as new classrooms to allow subjects to be taught in “suites” of adjacent rooms. Autumn 2004 saw the opening of a £4.5 million arts building that houses music, drama, and art along with textiles, food, health and social, media and graphics, all in the most modern, spacious and excellent specialist facilities. This project produced further refurbishment in existing buildings for the sixth form, learning support and other subjects.
A high quality sports hall*, which includes excellent fitness and dance/aerobics studios opened in September 2006 providing, for the first time, good PE and sports facilities for a school of this size. More than half of the cost of this £1.5M project, and a substantial contribution to the arts centre, was raised by parents and friends of the school through the “Building St Bede’s” appeal which raised over £800,000. St Bede’s were able to redevelop the main hall and sixth form common room area in 2010 and build two dance studios and storage next to the sports hall. The studios opened in September 2012.
St Bede’s – The School:
St Bede’s is a cheerful, friendly place in which everyone can feel at home and give of their best. St Bede’s insist on the highest standards of good behaviour, mutual respect and concern and because we expect all students to take responsibility for themselves and for others. St Bede’s support this with a high level of pastoral care and support (including specialist services) for any student who needs it.
Ofsted graded this aspect of their work “outstanding” and referred to much “exemplary” practice.
The heart of this community are our year groups. In the main school, each year group has ten tutors led by a Head of Year. This team rolls through: receiving the students in Year 7 and working with them to learn, grow and achieve right through to Year 11. The sixth form also has a strong tutor team, led by an Assistant Head and a lead tutor for Years 12 and 13.”
*Sports Hall – Home of PGACricket
The excellent high quality Sport’s Hall also has a provision for Cricket. 4 Lane nets, bowling machine available and a second bowling machine from Paul (from late 2017).
St. Bedes School, Carlton Road REDHILL Surrey RH1 2LQ – www.st-bedes.surrey.sch.uk
Pupils on Roll : 1669 (2012) of which 311 are Sixth Form
URN : 125278 Provider type: Secondary Local authority: Surrey Region: South East
Source : St Bedes School Surrey WebSite for the majority of the text on this page
this page was last reviewed and updated 12 January 2017