It is both a pleasure and a privilege to introduce myself as the Headteacher of St. Bede's. We have a strong, caring, Catholic ethos and aim to provide children with a high quality, broad and balanced curriculum; we place great emphasis on striving for personal success whatever the starting point for the individual. I am confident that whatever the abilities, talents and needs of your child, we will be able to support, encourage and challenge them to reach their potential.
The school is part of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and is set in the beautiful village of Lanchester. We serve the students of North West Durham and cater for nearly 1400 students. We strive to create a Catholic community which shares common beliefs and where, following Christ’s example, we recognise the unique and equal value of each member. Our commitment to each person’s growth is reflected in our school’s provision, which seeks to maintain the highest standards of achievement and behaviour.
Every day, we strive to live out the values of the Gospel and our Catholic faith; this is the foundation of our mission statement and our relations with each other and the wider world. The values of faith, hope, love and respect for each other are very important to me. The generosity of spirit in our pupils has made every fundraising drive a resounding success and made a significant difference to our charities.
The school was judged as ‘outstanding’ in its last two Diocesan RE Inspections. In June 2012, the Department for Education granted the school Academy status and we have benefited greatly from additional capital funding to improve the fabric of our school.
St. Bede's is also blessed with an experienced and committed staff that works tirelessly to offer our pupils support across their development. I am immensely proud to be leading this passionate and enthusiastic team of staff who value a creative inclusive curriculum that promotes cultural capital and encourages excellence, enjoyment, perseverance, resilience and the building of positive relationships. With the support of our skilled and dedicated Governing Body, we have introduced many initiatives for the benefit of our pupils and this year we have introduced a two-week timetable to provide further flexibility and richness to our curriculum.
Education is not only delivered in books; respect, service, compassion and understanding are fostered in the corridors, in assemblies and through our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Development Curriculum. Thus, our pupils are given every opportunity to develop their abilities to the full and to become mature and responsible citizens. Being “The Best Version of Yourself” is our focus for this year.
There is a warm and welcoming family feel to the school which is an important part of its identity. It is vital that as we grow, this atmosphere continues to permeate everything we do, supporting our students and families throughout their time here. The highest standards are expected from our pupils and we celebrate their personal achievements.
Our school has an excellent reputation within the local community and, as you may know, is oversubscribed on an annual basis at main school. As a Teaching School, we are at the forefront of educational development, the training of the next generation of teachers and supporting other schools.
I firmly believe that a strong parent-partnership is essential as we work together to meet the needs of each child and provide them with the very best education. Your support in promoting our high standards is very much appreciated.
We continue to update parents on current information and initiatives and this website is an excellent source of information along with our termly parent newsletter. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school. You can arrange a personal visit if you wish; our pupils are our best advertisement and you will be sure to find a warm and courteous welcome.
N Harrison, Headteacher