St Bede's Inter-Church School

St Bede’s Inter-Church School

“Cum Deo - With God”  •  Cambridge
St Bede’s Free School Go
Ofsted Outstanding

Extra-Curricular

Our basic pattern of daily lessons is enhanced by a whole range of exciting opportunities for students to extend their learning in other ways. 

Creative and Cultural

The staff at St Bede’s organise a wide variety of activities aimed at widening students’ academic, social and spiritual experience. In recent years activities have included:

  • Theatre visits both locally and in London
  • School orchestra and choir
  • Annual carol service
  • Performing arts evenings
  • Visits to art galleries
  • Mathematics and poetry competitions
  • Community work
  • Expeditions over challenging terrain
  • Christian activities
  • Drama productions
  • Science links with local museums
  • Annual leavers’ “Prom”
  • Student Senate
  • Games Clubs including Chess Club
  • Music Concerts
  • International visits to France, Germany, Holland and Belgium

Subject-based Activities

  • History and Geography field trips to Norwich, Lavenham, Ely, Audley End, Wimpole Hall, West Stow, Framlingham, Norfolk Broads and Ypres
  • National mathematical challenges and the British Gas Maths Olympiad
  • Maths masterclasses at Cambridge University for very able students
  • Modern Language study visits to Germany and France
  • Visits to plays performed in French or German
  • “Physics at Work” at the Cavendish Laboratory and Science field trips
  • Theatre visits and workshops run by the English Department
  • Annual book fair and various competitions organised by the Resource Centre
  • Annual art exhibition
  • Textiles students visit the Clothes Show
  • Student poetry is regularly published
  • “Young Enterprise”
  • Linton Zoo staff and animals visit school
  • Whole School Humanities Days
  • Carnegie Shadowing Group

Sport

All students are encouraged to take part in sporting activities, mainly through inter-tutor group competitions e.g. cross country, indoor 5-a-side football, team games and athletics. To encourage teamwork, all students are expected to take part in competitive sporting events. Good sportsmanship – coping with success and failure – is important to sports teaching at St Bede’s, as is socialising with other players.

St Bede’s offers a range of team and individual sports, with fixtures usually held on weekday afternoons. There are school teams in football, rugby, hockey, netball, basketball, cricket, tennis, badminton, rounders and athletics. Teams are chosen from those who work hard in lessons and attend after-school clubs. However, students who face transport difficulties will not lose team places due to missed practices. We practise equal opportunities in sport. In recent years we have had great success in rugby, football, basketball, netball, hockey and athletics. Please contact Mr J Druce at jdruce@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk for more information.

School Colours

School colours are awarded for representation at district, county, regional or national level and for outstanding success in specialist sporting and cultural activities where students have shown particular talent. Please contact Miss L Patten at lpatten@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk for details.

Curriculum Enhancement

For a week at the end of the summer term, students join in a programme of very different curricular activities both in and outside school. The main activities offered include “The Bede Trail” based in Durham for Year 7’s, a trip to Paris for Year 8’s, a history trip to Belgium and Holland for Year 9’s, and work experience for Year 10’s. There is also a range of local activities including various sports activities, first aid training, film and animation, and craft.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

St Bede’s is a centre for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Meetings, which are open to Upper School students, are held after school. Students work towards bronze and silver awards in conjunction with former students returning to complete their gold awards. 110 students are currently working towards an award. More details are available from the school. Please contact Ms H Bennett at hbennett@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk

Charging

Parents are required to make a reasonable contribution to meals and accommodation on residential trips. A charge is made for musical instrument tuition. In respect of other activities, parents will be asked to make voluntary contributions to cover the costs of activities which cannot be met fully from school funds. A copy of the full Charging and Remissions Policy can be obtained from school. Please contact Mrs C Kirk at ckirk@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk

 Instrument Tuition

This is available in brass, woodwind and string instruments, piano and drum kit. Details of charges and how to apply for tuition can be obtained directly from Cambridgeshire Music. Details of the service they provide is available here: /docs/cambridgeshire-music-catalogue-2017-full-catalogue.pdf Students who receive free school meals are not expected to pay. Students receiving tuition are entered for the Associated Board examinations and are encouraged to join the school orchestra. Please contact Ms H Brown at hbrown@stbedes.cambs.sch.uk 

For a full list of extra-curricular activities for this term please click the following link: /docs/Autumn_2018_Extra-curricular_activities.pdf