Mission Statement

To provide and support schools in which all students and staff have the opportunity to work hard to achieve their personal best.
To encourage personal, moral and spiritual development within a Christian framework.
To create and sustain educational environments where everyone is equally valued.

Core Values

We aspire, whether we be students or staff, that all of our work will be characterised by the following values:
Honourable Purpose: We aim to be positive in everything, doing what is good and aiming to benefit others as well as ourselves.
Humility: We seek to do our personal best without bragging and to encourage others to achieve their best without being critical or jealous of their efforts.
Compassion: We care for those who are in difficulty and who are hurting, recognising that the world does not exist for us alone.
Integrity: We can be trusted to be honest and truthful, to say what we mean and to do what we say.
Accountability: We recognise that having the freedom to express ourselves means we must also accept responsibility for our words, thoughts and actions.
Courage: We aim to do what is right, whatever the cost; we stand up for the weak, whatever the danger; we face our fears and find ways of defeating them.
Determination: We know that hard work and the refusal to give up are essential if we are to achieve anything worthwhile.

ESF Ethos Statement

At Emmanuel Schools Foundation we provide an education of character underpinned by our Christian ethos. As a ‘character-first’ foundation we strive to cultivate good character as an end in itself; this raises expectations and supports high levels of performance. Our work is characterised by the pursuit of excellence as we seek to make the most of the gifts and talents we have been given. We believe in human beings’ outstanding potential, creativity and capacity for good as each one is made ‘in the image of God’. We also acknowledge we all need instruction, motivation and practice if we are to nurture the virtues underpinning good character. We gain hope for the future as we show gratitude for what we have now. We practise the virtue of love as we act unselfishly for the good of others and are able to forgive. We exercise wisdom as we choose the right course of action and display integrity as we are truthful with ourselves and others. We gain fortitude and courage as we rise to challenges, learning to overcome adversity and to develop resilience. We develop self-control as we regulate our emotions and impulses and show humility as we are teachable and keen to learn from our mistakes. We act with justice as we treat others with respect and fairness. Our inspiration for these virtues, and our schools’ core values of honourable purpose, humility, compassion, integrity, accountability, courage and determination, is the life and ministry of Christ Jesus.

History of Bede

It’s all in the name

In many ways a name seems like a simple thing, after all we all have one and there are plenty to choose from, yet when you realise that a single word conveys many meanings, when you understand that it represents a person or an institution to the rest of the world, and when you remember that this simple word creates an all important ‘first impression’, choosing a name can be somewhat tricky! As we develop as an Academy, however, it is becoming clear that our name could not have been better chosen.

Bede was a monk and scholar from the Golden Age of Northumbria, the eighth century AD. He was granted the title ‘venerable’ and later sainted for his theological treatises and his contribution to the learning of his time. In this way, it seems that Bede Academy is named perfectly for its students. In Bede they find someone whose natural wonder inspired a desire to uncover knowledge and meaning. Match this with his sense of endeavour, and our students have a man of great learning who bequeathed to us our first history of England, the BC/AD dating system, understanding of the tides and the number of days in a year, the dating of Easter, and knowledge of the earth and its place in our solar system. Overall, Bede can show our young scholars the tremendous satisfaction of hard work and its long term benefits.

Yet Bede Academy is also named for its staff. In Bede they find an example of a man who loved to educate. Bede said that teaching was his ‘delight’ and the affection in which he was held by his students must be inspiration to all who work in our Academy. Beyond all this, Bede Academy is named for its community. Our name honours one of Northumberland’s most important figures and reflects the inspiring history of our county. Yet even this is not all there is in this name.

Bede Academy is also well-named because of the values it seeks to instill. Bede followed his diverse interests with a sense of humility; his hope, determination and purpose led him to great achievements, yet he only ever wrote a few lines about himself. Ultimately, of course, Bede Academy is named to honour God, for in Bede we find a man who placed the Word of God at the centre of his life and sought, in all he did, to glorify the Creator who blessed him with such gifts. In short, we have come to see that our name was chosen out of respect for a man who valued and excelled in all the things we esteem. Bede was a man of character, intellect and heart. We are Bede by name because we aspire to be Bede by nature.