St Bede's Inter-Church School

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St Bede's Inter-Church School
Motto "Cum Deo" (Latin for "With God")
Established 1962, 1988
Type Academy
Religion Church of England/Roman Catholic
President Mrs Claire Downham
Headteacher Mr Alistair Day[1]
Deputy Headteachers

Mr Richard Matthews (Pastoral)

Mr Matthew Chancellor (Curriculum)
Director of Specialism Mrs Debra Howard
Location Birdwood Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB1 3TD
England Coordinates: 52°11′26″N 0°09′45″E / 52.19051°N 0.16245°E / 52.19051; 0.16245
Local authority Cambridgeshire
Staff 50
Students 750
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Website www.st-bedes.org.uk

St Bedes Inter-Church School (formerly St Bedes Inter-Church Comprehensive School) is the only Christian state secondary school in Cambridgeshire. It is an academy school with support from both the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia and Anglican Diocese of Ely. The school currently has around 750 pupils and around 50 staff.

History

St Bede's opened in 1962 as a small Roman Catholic secondary school housed in one central building, under the leadership of headmaster K.G. Kent and around 18 nuns teaching and running the school. Over the years, the school began to admit students from other Christian denominations, notably the Anglican Church. In the light of the increasing ecumenical co-operation between the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches the school was closed, re-opening in 1988 as a joint Catholic/Anglican foundation, St Bedes Inter-Church Comprehensive School, retaining most of the original staff, including the nuns, but with a new management. Gradually, the nuns disappeared, the last two leaving the school in 2001.

Since then the school has expanded and additional buildings have been added; first a technology block, housing Food Technology, Textiles Technology and Design Technology, although now also hosts Information Technology; then the St Etheldreda block, a suite of 12 general-purpose classrooms (the "B Block") in 1995. Three science laboratories were refurbished in 2001; in 2003, four new English classrooms, a purpose built drama and dance studio and purpose built music rooms were added and in 2005 a state of the art Sports Hall including teaching rooms and tennis courts brought the school to its present state. However, due to the increasing popularity and expansion of the school the site continued to need mobile classrooms to cope with the demand for teaching space. The latest £4m development began in August 2008, aiming to replace all mobile classrooms with six teaching rooms, two new art rooms and a digital media centre, a chaplaincy and more refurbished science labs. These include the latest developments such as geothermal heating and wireless internet access. The new Art and Chaplaincy building has been conntected to the technology and English/music/drama building to create one large building which can be walked through when raining; covered walkways will be added between the main block and "B" block, the only building which now stands alone.

It was originally two-form entry, with a total of 300 students, 60 in each year group. In response to increasing popularity and over-subscription it has gradually grown, the final stage of planned growth taking place between 2003 & 2007 when it grew from four-form to five-form entry.

In 2004 the school had its last full OFSTED inspection, and was designated as mainly satisfactory, but served with notice to improve subjects such as music and food technology.[2]

The school gained Humanities Specialist Status in September 2005 with History as the lead subject and Geography/Religious Education in support. This has meant increased funding for those departments, providing them with two extra teachers and new resources. In 2009 the school was invited to apply for a second specialism in light of the school's success in the Humanities department. The choice was Maths & Computing: the Maths department had previously been nominated as a consultant Maths department.[3]

The school's 2007 OFSTED inspection judged it to be "a good school with outstanding features". However RE, Resistant Materials and ICT were noted to have lower achievement than other subjects in the school.[4] After the inspection, Resistant Materials lost its status as an independent subject and, in 2008, new heads of department were appointed for RE and ICT.[5]

In 2011, the school was re-inspected by OFSTED and designated as Outstanding in all areas except behaviour and overall quality of teaching, which it was advised to improve.[6][7]

The school converted to academy status in August 2012.

Mission statement

"To create and sustain, with God's help, a learning, caring and serving community where all people are valued for who they are and for who they may become in the light of Jesus Christ."

School prayer

"Lord, Guide us as we strive for wisdom and lead us into the ways of peace. Make our hearts strong and true, our words gentle and understanding, our actions loving and just. Help our school to be a place of nurture and growth for disciples in Christ. Amen"

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