Meet the Principal
Our vision can be simply stated as excellence for all. We seek to provide our students with an outstanding education underpinned by traditional Christian values. Within a supportive environment, students are challenged to achieve their personal best and inspired to serve others with their talents. As members of an Academy which is safe and well-ordered, students can be confident to take risks as they explore their potential.
Here at Bede we value wisdom, not just head knowledge. We are delighted to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need for the workplace, but to see them develop in character thrills us more. By putting character first, we seek to show students that our community is enriched by their willingness to use their gifts to serve others. A good work ethic, mutual respect and responsibility are key qualities which are nurtured in Bede Academy students as we recognise that all are made in the image of God.
As a 3-18 Academy, we know that a strong community is vital. One of our core values reminds us that the world does not exist for us alone and we are committed to benefiting Blyth and South East Northumberland. Bede Academy students serve local residents at our Residents’ Tea Party and improve community areas each year on Environment Day. We are delighted to host an Engineering and Enterprise Forum where we partner with local business leaders to help our students to develop into the future workforce that the North East requires.
We strive to ensure that our staff team is characterised by dedication, commitment and service to students. Bede Academy teachers seek to engage students’ minds (not just their attention) so that increasingly they think independently. Staff model good leadership to our students as they hold them accountable, and ensure that they understand that actions have positive or negative consequences. Relationship is central to all that we do; our success is dependent on the contribution of each member of the Academy community.
While people matter most, we are delighted that the Academy has such good facilities. Specialising as we do in Engineering and Enterprise we have well-equipped modern laboratories and workshops, interactive whiteboards in every classroom and over 750 workstations. Students explore their creative talents in our drama and recording studios and challenge themselves physically in our modern gym and on the floodlit astroturf pitches.
Five core beliefs shape our approach to education:
In loco parentis
Parents carry the primary responsibility for their children’s education and welfare; teachers are to be respected because they are “in the place of a parent”
Character is of enduring value, and should be cultivated as an end in itself
Every child is made in God’s image and has intrinsic worth and great potential; we aim for each student to achieve their personal best
Students learn most effectively from teachers who possess expertise in their subject, know how to provoke thought and prove worthy of the authority invested in them
Knowledge for a purpose
Our students will be called to be leaders in their generation, and their education should equip them to serve others
I trust you enjoy reading about the Academy and the opportunities given to students to support and encourage them to achieve their personal best.