Academy Newsletter


Principal’s Welcome

Dear Parents and Carers

At Bede Academy we expect our students to work hard. This has been particularly evident over the last few weeks for our Year 7 and Year 9 students who have undergone their Mid-Year Exams . They have conducted themselves well as they worked hard to demonstrate the extent to which they have secured their Key Stage 3 curriculum thus far. For the Year 9 students these exams will help them make informed decisions when they begin to consider which subjects they will take at Key Stage 4 alongside their core subjects of English, Maths, Science, PTE plus a language and a humanities. More information about this will be shared with Year 9 parents over the coming week.

This week we have also received the ‘School of Sanctuary’ Award and as a result have ‘School of Sanctuary’ status. This means we have now joined a network of schools across the UK who play an active role in supporting young people who are seeking sanctuary in the UK, creating a culture of welcome and inclusion whilst raising awareness of the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers. It also recognised Bede Academy as a place that seeks to educate the whole school community about the human right to sanctuary and takes practical steps to offer this. The academy also seeks to build empathy and intercultural awareness through promoting the voices and contributions of people seeking sanctuary, encourages understanding and helps combat stereotypes. All of this is summed up in Jesus’ commandment to ‘love your neighbour’ as we live out our Christian Ethos and it helps us demonstrate that we want all members of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation to be ‘valued, challenged and inspired’.

Also over the last week the academy has been recognised for the work that goes on across our arts curriculum. The Art’s Council have award us their ‘Gold’ Artsmark. Some comments from the adjudicators include:  

  • It is impressive that, despite the inevitable difficulties created by the pandemic, you have developed your arts provision and pedagogy.
  • You have used your partnerships with Arts organisations well to provide CPD for staff and it is excellent that you are now the lead partner for the Paul Hamlyn project across the North-East.
  • You have recognised the importance of student voice and it is good to see that this has helped to shape curriculum planning.

Congratulations to all members of our pastoral and welfare teams, and also all staff involved in creative arts at the academy for their leadership and work that has rightly been recognised in these two awards.

I hope that you all have a good week.

Mr Thelwell 

Term times and holidays 2022-2023

Sixth Form parents’ evening

Thursday 13th January saw the annual Sixth Form Parents’ Evening take place. This year, the event ran online. Parents and carers had been registering and booking appointments ready for the evening. This meeting provided an invaluable opportunity for families to discuss the progress of our Year 12 and 13 students. This is a key point in the year, with Year 12 students beginning to gear up towards planning their post sixth form next steps, whilst Year 13s are preparing for the next set of examinations in February.

Gingerbread House competition

In the final week of term five students from the three houses competed in the House Gingerbread competition. Students were from year 8 and year 9; Alfie, Summer, Grace, Freya and Lilly-may. The competition took place over two nights with the help of Mrs Townend and Dr Fraser. The overall winner was Alfie from Aiden house (with a little help from Mr Elsworth). Summer was second (with a little help from Kiya) for Cuthbert house. All students did an excellent job at showing off their skills in decorating the houses. Mr Thelwell commented on how the standard of gingerbread houses this year were even better than the previous year. Well done to all the students who were involved.  

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Recommended Reading

Key Stage 3

The Chronicles of Narmo – Caitliin MoranReview
The Positively Last Performance – Geraldine McCaughreanReview

Key Stage 4

Lore – Alexandra BrackenReview
Orphan Monster Spy – Matt KilleenReview

Key Stage 5

Rogue Male – Geoffrey HouseholdReview
Colour Me In – Lydia RufflesReview

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