St Bede's Inter-Church School

St Bede’s Inter-Church School

“Cum Deo - With God”  •  Cambridge
Ofsted Outstanding

Our Curriculum

Students at St Bede’s learn in a loving and caring Christian environment framed by our School Mission statement:

‘To create and sustain, with God’s help, a learning, caring and serving community where all people are valued for who they are and who they may become in the light of Jesus Christ.’

We want all our students to love learning. We offer a curriculum that is not only broad and enriching but seeks to stretch, challenge and inspire students. We understand that every child is unique and draw upon our knowledge of their strengths and differences to provide all students with high quality learning opportunities that are personalised for their individual needs. Our aim is for all our students to achieve more than they thought possible.

Students follow a five-year programme of study, culminating in the majority of students completing nine or ten GCSEs. Our broad and balanced curriculum allows for personalisation, specialisation and challenge. We operate a variety of grouping models including mixed ability and setting.


Year 7
All students follow a traditional core programme of study in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum. This consists of: Art, Design Technology, Drama, English, Food, French, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, Music, PE, PSHCE, Science and Theology.

Year 8
Students study: Art, Design Technology, Drama, English, Food, French, Geography, German, History, Maths, Music, PE, Science and Theology.

Where appropriate, students with developing literacy skills are disapplied from learning a foreign language in Years 7 and 8. Students are able to start learning Latin through the Year 8 lunchtime club.

Years 9 - 11
All students in Years 9 - 11 continue to follow a core programme of study: English, Maths, PE, PSHCE, Science and Theology. In Year 9 the curriculum is personalised to enable students to opt for the subjects that they wish to specialise in. Students with a passion for particular subjects are able to spend more time studying, doubling the curriculum time available. In Year 9 the curriculum remains fluid to allow students to change subjects, avoiding the disruption that can be caused by students changing subjects in Year 10.

Core curriculum: English, Maths, PE, PSHCE, Science and Theology

Students choose four options from the following:
Business Studies
Design Technology
Media Studies
Sports Studies

Where appropriate, students follow an EBacc pathway (English, Maths, Science, a Modern or Ancient Foreign Language and a Humanities subject). Students also have the opportunity to study Ancient Greek as an enrichment subject.

The school adapts its curriculum, where appropriate, with a portfolio of practical and support lessons including: Additional literacy and numeracy, Entry Level PE, Supported Learning and Vocational Studies.


Assessment can be both formative (i.e. a wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs and academic progress during a lesson, unit or course), or summative (i.e. an outcome-based assessment, usually at the end of a unit or course). Teachers at St Bede’s use both formative and summative assessment in order to accurately assess the progress our students are making on their journey towards reaching their full potential.

Years 7 - 8
During years 7 - 8 we have adopted a growth and threshold model of assessment. Students are provided with a target threshold (Outstanding, Good, Secure or Developing) for each subject, which is based on Key Stage 2 data, CATS assessment data and teacher judgment. Our aim is to set realistic but aspirational targets for all students.

A student achieving the standards outlined in the Outstanding threshold at that time would be on track for GCSE grades 8-9. Students achieving work outlined in the Good threshold would be on track for grades 6-7, Secure, 4-5, and Developing would be on course for grades 1-3.

Progress is the focus. We want all students to make at least expected progress, regardless of their starting points. A student making expected progress would be consistently achieving around the middle or lower end of the standards outlined in their target threshold, and is likely to achieve expectations at GCSE. Better than expected progress means they are consistently achieving work of a standard at the upper end of their target threshold, meaning that student is likely to achieve, and probably exceed, expectations. Exceptional progress means a student is achieving work of a standard above their target threshold and is on course to exceed expectations. Less than expected progress means that a student is not currently on track to achieve their potential, which would lead us to seek out the reasons why through dialogue with students, teachers and parents, before implementing a personalised intervention strategy to help the student get back on track.

Years 9 - 11
As students progress to work that more closely resembles GCSE standards, so teachers are able to provide slightly more focused predictions, aligned with GCSE grades.

Statement of British Values

St Bede’s Inter-Church School recognises its important role in preparing our students to be positive and engaged citizens in a multi-cultural and multi-faith modern Britain. Through PSHCE lessons, our wider curriculum, regular patterns of worship, our Year 7 Becoming a Citizenship Programme and our strong school culture we ensure that students are taught our shared British values:

The Rule of Law
Individual Liberty
Mutual respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

In Years 7 and 9 students have discrete lessons in PSHCE. It is then taught through collapsed timetables in Years 8, 10 and 11.


St Bede’s enriches its curriculum for students in every year group in a variety of ways including: yearly reflection days for all year groups; our annual Expressive Arts showcase; music, drama and sporting activities, extra-curricular clubs, day and residential visits and trips throughout the year.