St. Bede's School

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For the independent prep and senior schools in East Sussex, see St Bede's School, Sussex.
St Bede's School
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Established 1976
Type Secondary School
Religion Christian Denominational
Headteacher Chris Curtis
Founder Madge Hunt
Specialism ICT and Music
Location Carlton Road
Coordinates: 51°15′00″N 0°10′31″W / 51.2501°N 0.1753°W / 51.2501; -0.1753
Local authority Surrey
Students around 1900
Gender Male/Female
Ages 11–18
Colours Dark Blue, Navy and White

Saint Bede's School is a mixed comprehensive secondary school in the English town of Redhill, Surrey. It was opened in 1976 as a girls' middle school but now has over 1800 male and female pupils aged 11–18 (Years 7–13), with around 400 students in the sixth form. Classes have an average of 28 pupils. In the most recent Ofsted inspection, the school was graded as "good" [1] and is a dual Specialist Music College and ICT College status.[2] The government are considering giving the school the ability to become an academy school, meaning that the school may have the option to choose how they spend their money.


Formerly known as Bishop Simpson Church of England Girls School, St Bede’s School opened in September 1976 as a joint Anglican and Roman Catholic school and later included free churchs on its governing body. It claims to be the first such fully ecumenical school in the world.[3][4][5]

Building works[edit]

Between 1988 and 1999 the school underwent large scale building works to bring the school together on its present site, and to create new facilities for a library, ICT and careers. In 2004 a new arts centre was opened and in 2006 a sports hall was opened.[5]

In September 2011 an extension of the main building containing six new class rooms, which was built to replace the temporary huts (which were in place due to part of the main building being removed due to structural reasons), was opened. In January 2012, two small halls (dance studios) were built between the PE sports hall and the Astro-turf. The building was completed in October 2012.


In the latest Ofsted inspection in September 2012, the school was graded as "good" [1] and was made a dual Specialist Music College and ICT College status.[2] The drama department have recently performed 'Romeo and Juliet' at the school and the music department is always going to concerts and holding them. St Bede's has a large creative arts building which teaches: art, dance, design and technology, drama, food and textiles, music and photography.

In the most recent results released in January 2013, 65% of its students received 5 good GCSEs.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Ofsted | St Bede's School". Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  2. ^ a b Music Specialism
  3. ^ Photo from friends reunited website Retrieved 26 January 2013
  4. ^ Reminiscence about Bishop Simpson School Retrieved 26 January 2013
  5. ^ a b St Bede's School website Retrieved 26 January 2013

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