About our school
St Bede's was formed in 1976 as an amalgamation of Bishop Simpson (CofE) School and St Joseph's (RC) School. We benefit from the support of the Arundel and Brighton Catholic Diocese and the Southwark Anglican Diocese.
In 1992, the local free churches became partners of the school giving us our unique ecumenical nature. The school aims to provide 'Christian Education at its Best' and when inspected by Ofsted in February 2017 every aspect was judged 'outstanding.'
Our mission is to be a Christian school that seeks to appreciate and develop the talents and skills of each individual, inspired by the love of Christ and his teaching. Walking in the footsteps of St Bede, we endeavour to create an active partnership with home, church and the wider community, in order to prepare our students to face the future with confidence and take up the challenge of the gospel.
Ethos, aims and values
Life at St Bede's reflects the strong common Christian faith that all partners share, but also values and celebrates the differences between us. We know, from our daily experience, that diversity enriches us. We learn from other traditions, but we also appreciate our own tradition more deeply. There is room to grow and develop - to seek and explore one's own relationship to faith and to Christ, but within an inclusive community which works hard to value and appreciate everyone, without ever losing sight of the common faith in Christ.
This approach, as you would expect, is reflected in worship, in religious education and in spiritual development. It is very clearly seen in the Chaplaincy team and the work that we do together.
Learning at St Bede's
We believe that God has given every one of us many gifts. It is our job to discover these gifts and talents in every student and to develop them to bear much fruit. St Bede’s has an extremely strong track record of learning.
We believe that learning is important and valuable in itself, as well as creating opportunities in later life. We know that students like to learn, and that they enjoy an atmosphere in which they learn well.
We believe in academic excellence and we believe in excellence in all fields - whether sport, performance, art or personal development.
A caring environment
St Bede’s is a cheerful, friendly place in which everyone can feel at home and give of their best. We insist on the highest standards of good behaviour, mutual respect and concern and because we expect all students to take responsibility for themselves and for others. We support this with a high level of pastoral care and support (including specialist services) for any student who needs it.
The heart of this community are our year groups. In the main school, each year group has ten tutors led by a Head of Year. This team rolls through: receiving the students in Year 7 and working with them to learn, grow and achieve right through to Year 11. The sixth form also has a strong tutor team, led by an Assistant Head and a lead tutor for Years 12 and 13.
St Bede's occupies a site in Carlton Road in Redhill and has developed significantly since the original building for Bishop Simpson was constructed in the 1950s. A major extension of the teaching facilities was completed in 1989 followed by the science block in 1999. The arts block was completed in 2004 before the sports hall in 2006. A £6.4 million project to expand the school further still is due to be completed by Easter 2019.