|Established||1962 (as Billingham Campus)|
|Principal||Mr Sujinder S. Sangha|
|Specialism||Sixth form college|
|Location||Marsh House Avenue
|Local authority||North East England LSC (although in Stockton-on-Tees LEA)|
|DfE URN||128519 Tables|
|Former names||Billingham Campus, Bede College, Bede Sixth Form College|
Bede College is a sixth form college located off Marsh House Avenue in Billingham, County Durham. It merged with Stockton Riverside College in May 2008 and has recently started the new year in a brand new 12 million pound building
|This article is outdated. (July 2011)|
Designed with staff and students, its new facilities will provide Billingham and the wider community with excellent education is a building to match.
Three halls of the site was built in 1962 by George Wimpey as Billingham Campus on 50 acres (200,000 m2) for Teesside Education Committee. The first hall had been built in 1958. It included a five form-entry co-educational grammar-technical school, Bede Hall Grammar School, and 3 secondary modern schools 'Faraday Hall', 'Davy Hall' and 'Stephenson Hall'(an older school on Hale Road Billingham. In 1965 it was agreed to combine the whole site into one comprehensive school which took place in the late 1960s. Bede Hall Grammar school was demolished and the older building 'Stephenson Hall' became 'Bede 6th Form college'. Faraday Hall and Davy Hall are now Billingham Campus
The rest of the Billingham Campus is now Billingham Campus School and Arts College, an 11–16 comprehensive school.
Sixth form college
Bede Sixth Form College left Cleveland County Council control on 1 April 1993, and was funded by the Further Education Funding Council for England until 2001 when funded by North East LSC. It ceased to be an autonomous college in 2008. At the time it was the smallest sixth form college in England with around 500 at the college, and demographic trends made the future less rosy.
The college was one of the smallest colleges in the UK, and recently it finished third in the achievement tables of colleges in the north-east of England. Many hardworking staff and students contributed to this achievement, and Dr. Richard Spencer MBE has been recognised for his efforts on several occasions, most recently by the "Award for Best Interdisciplinary Teaching" at the European Education Festival "Science on Stage" in Berlin. He was awarded the honour of an MBE in the 2010 New Years Honours List for Science Communication. Geology teacher Dr. Ed Anderson has also received recognition in National Teaching Awards, and has also appeared in the local paper after his seismograph recorded the size of 2008's earthquake in Britain. Senior tutor, Janice Ronsano, has recently been short listed for a Star award for her outstanding pastoral and teaching work with students and staff.
AS and A level
A level courses include :
- Theology, Philosophy and Ethics
- Further Mathematics
- English Literature
- English Language
- Critical Thinking
- Film Studies
- Media studies
- Drama & Theatre Studies
- Government and Politics
- Art and Design
- Health and Social care
- Modern foreign languages
- National Extended Business Diploma Level 3
- National Health and Social Diploma Level 3
- Level 1 courses
The following list is of notable ex pupils:
- Matt Cowley – Professional Drummer.
- Heather Black – Prominent member of the RAF Skeleton Association
- Stockton Sixth Form College, Stockton's other sixth form college, and not part of Stockton Riverside College
- Bede Sixth Form of the City of Sunderland College
- "Freedom of Information – Publication Scheme for Colleges of Further Education". Stockton Riverside College. Archived from the original on 5 May 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2009.
- New £14.25m building
- "Soundtracks for Atonement". Imdb. Retrieved 23 April 2009.
- Bede Sixth Form homepage at Stockton Riverside College
- September 2007 Consultation document about 2008 merger
- Morgan Ashurst new building