Welcome to St Bede’s Inter-Church School! I hope our website will provide an insight into the life of our vibrant school community and the very full programme of inspiring activities we offer.
St Bede’s Inter-Church School is very special, being the only Christian secondary school within the county of Cambridgeshire. Our foundation is jointly Anglican and Roman Catholic, so we enjoy the support of both the diocese of Ely and East Anglia. Our students choose to travel from throughout the county to study at St Bede’s and we are delighted by the progress they make in their learning with us. Over 79% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade C and above in 2013, from a non-selective cohort with the full range of abilities. High expectations, the continual pursuit of excellence and an extremely talented and dedicated staff contribute to this success. Visitors to St Bede’s often remark on the strength of relationships between staff and students; this is very important to us. We know that confident, happy children find it easier to take risks in their learning, leading to faster progress.
As a church school, our Christian ethos is central to all we do. As you would expect, we have an active chaplaincy, close links with local parishes, and an outstanding RE department. We are now seeking creative ways to integrate our faith across the curriculum through structured research-based projects.
St Bede’s has just over 770 students, small in comparison to many secondary schools. This provides a distinct advantage in promoting a family atmosphere, where each child is known by name and not reduced to a statistic. Though we are small, we offer an impressive range of extra-curricular opportunities. Students enjoy overseas visits, celebrate success at a regional level in a wide range of sports, and perform in various musical groups both within school and beyond.
The school is located on an attractive campus on the edge of the beautiful city of Cambridge. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, St Bede’s buildings have developed over time to keep pace with the expansion of our popular and oversubscribed school.
Both Ofsted and the Diocesan inspections judged St Bede’s to be Outstanding in 2011, and in September 2013 we were again revisited by Ofsted and are delighted that they confirmed our belief that St Bede's is Outstanding in every area. We are not complacent however, but seek to constantly innovate and improve the education we provide. Our aim is to develop the God-given potential in every child so that they can go on to be confident, well-balanced and successful members of their communities wherever they are called to serve.
Mr Alistair DayHeadteacher