Our Curriculum

We are very proud of the broad and balanced curriculum we offer at St Bede’s.  We aim to ensure that each students enjoys their time with us and that they each achieve success in every course they study from Year 7 to Year 13.

The following booklets will provide you with an overview of the courses currently studied in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.  Changes may be made to the offer from cohort to cohort to best suit the needs of the students and in response to external demands.

If you have any questions regarding our curriculum please contact Mrs Windle via the main school telephone number or email address.


Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.

As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

The PSHE education programme makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ well-being.

PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, resilience, identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

Here at St Bede’s, students study a range of age-appropriate topics, with a graduated approach across each year group. These topics range from positive relationships, to financial awareness, online safety to health and well-being. The rich and varied programme of learning ensures that our students are equipped to meet the challenges of life outside and beyond school, by making positive and informed choices that will enable them to live happy and fulfilled lives.

Within the PSHE curriculum students are taught Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). Lessons form part of the PSHE curriculum and are delivered by fully trained staff who ensure that the content is both stage and age appropriate through thorough planning and consultation with both the local authority and the Catholic Education Service.


In addition to the PSHE Curriculum, students will experience a variety of ‘drop down’ days to enable themes to be explored in greater depth, involving outside agencies to deliver appropriate messages.

Understanding Relationships, Sex and Health Education at your child’s secondary school: a guide for parents

Study Support

St. Bede’s runs a Homework Club every Monday and Wednesday after school where students can complete homework tasks with the support of teaching staff.  The club takes place in the Library where there is ample access to ICT equipment.

We are committed to providing all students with the support they need to fulfil their potential.  In the build up to busy exam periods, subject departments deliver additional revision sessions after school and indeed during the holidays to boost students’ learning.  We recommend that students attend these wherever possible.

The Teaching of British Values

St Bede’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College is committed to encouraging students to respect British values. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy

  • democracy

  • the rule of law

  • individual liberty

  • mutual respect

  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

As a Catholic and Christian community we are proud of the education we offer our students. Through a broad and balanced curriculum, students explore the British values by way of cross curricular themes and in particular the PSHE programme. We actively challenge students, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values and seek to promote a positive approach to the areas named above.

Democracy is promoted through a student panels, pupil voice and the election of the Senior Council based on student votes.

Visits from authorities, such as the Police reinforce the importance of the rule of law. Individual liberty is taught through e-safety sessions delivered as part of the PHSE programme where students receive advice on how to safely exercise their rights and personal freedoms when online, whilst being made aware of their own duty of care while engaging in such activity.

The school ethos and behaviour policy revolve around ‘respect’ as a core value, and discussions and assemblies focus on what respect means and how it is modelled. Through collective worship, liturgies are held to mark Armistice Day and the Holocaust memorial day. Each year group has an adopted charity and local charity workers have spoken in assemblies to promote their work.

In Key Stage 4 History, students study the Holocaust which has obvious links to morality and responsibility. Students reflect upon the reasons behind the atrocity. They consider the tensions and interactions between communist and capitalist countries during the Cold War, debating the responsibility for international affairs and tensions.

In Key Stage 3 Science, students explore genetic variation between different races. While in Geography they look at the ‘One Child Policy’ in China and discuss the morality of giving aid to poorer countries.

In RE, students in Key Stage 4 look at faiths from around the world and explore the similarities and differences between their faith and that of our own. Students gain an appreciation of the faith differences and able to develop a mutual respect for the differences in culture.

In PE, students are taught adherence to fair play and how this aligns itself with whole school culture, ethos and mission statements and gain an insight into what this looks like in other life experiences.

The PSHE programme offers students the opportunity to evidence how they interact with the British values and through a broad and balanced curriculum and the opportunities that lessons create, the staff and Governors of St Bede’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College believe students are able to demonstrate:

  • Their ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and respect the civil and criminal law of England.

  • Their acceptance of and engagement with the 'fundamental British values', and demonstrating the skills and attitudes that allow them to participate and contribute to life in modern Britain.

Their understanding of the range of cultures within the school “and further afield” as preparation for life in modern Britain.

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