Bede College

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Not to be confused with Beda College.
SRC Bede Sixth Form
Established 1962 (as Billingham Campus)
Closed 2008
Location Marsh House Avenue
County Durham
TS23 3HB
Coordinates: 54°37′01″N 1°16′56″W / 54.616956°N 1.282329°W / 54.616956; -1.282329
Local authority North East England LSC (although in Stockton-on-Tees LEA)
DfE number ???/4499
DfE URN 128519 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 30
Students c.500
Gender Coeducational
Ages 16–19
Former names Billingham Campus, Bede College, Bede Sixth Form College

Bede College was a sixth form college located off Marsh House Avenue in Billingham, County Durham. It merged with Stockton Riverside College in May 2008[1]


Bede College provided A-Level and vocational courses. It took its name from the famous Durham scholar The Venerable Bede.


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[edit]

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 new buildings and sport centre were built by Morgan Ashurst,[2] who won the contract in July 2008.

Academic performance[edit]

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.[3] He was awarded the honour of an MBE in the 2010 New Years Honours List for Science Communication. He now works at Middlesbrough College as Head of Science.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.


The Bede College Choir sang Dear Lord and Father of Mankind in the film Atonement,[4] which won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score in 2007.


AS and A level[edit]

A level courses included :

  • Theology, Philosophy and Ethics
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Critical Thinking
  • Film Studies
  • Media studies
  • Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Government and Politics
  • Music Technology
  • Dance
  • Art and Design
  • History
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Geology
  • Health and Social care
  • Modern foreign languages


  • National Extended Business Diploma Level 3
  • National Health and Social Diploma Level 3
  • Level 1 courses

Notable alumni[edit]

The following list is of notable ex pupils:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ New £14.25m building
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Soundtracks for Atonement". Imdb. Retrieved 23 April 2009. 

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