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29.04.2013. Introducing Sunderland’s R.E. Ambassadors

Dear Parents/Carers

A group of 5 young people from Sunderland have qualified to become R.E. Ambassadors for the national Religious Education Council.  The group, all from Venerable Bede CE  Academy,  take on their role alongside teenagers from 19 other schools across the country.

The R.E. Ambassadors Adam, Angelo, Gillian, Kimberley and Ryan -  all students in Year 9 - will raise awareness of R.E., talk about faith issues in school and  the wider community as well as take part in a national competition to present their findings to Members of Parliament in Westminster.


Our RE Ambassadors with Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Booth

R.E. Teacher David Johnson is working alongside students and said, “This is exactly the sort of thing our young people should be getting involved in – developing new skills, thinking beyond their own school community and reflecting upon different views and opinions. It would be great to see local youngsters on the national stage too.”

As part of their information gathering the R.E. Ambassadors interviewed a visiting Bishop to glean his views on why we should learn about the beliefs and values of others. Bishop John Lupaa, from the Diocese of the Rift Valley in Tanzania, shared with students the importance of understanding others. He represents diverse community such with a mixture of faith cultures – Christian, Muslim and Tribal – where people learn about each other, from each other, from their neighbour.

Bishop John Lupaa of the Diocese of the Rift Valley, Tanzania.

The project has the full support of Head Teacher Mrs. Booth. “This is about our students aiming higher and consulting wider. It would be wonderful if they could experience the buzz of Westminster too. I would encourage people to contribute to this process if they can.”

“Why should we learn about each other’s beliefs and values?” and can be answered via the following link:
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Ofsted Comments

The school is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners
• Behaviour is good...calm and well-ordered
• Students are enthused and want to learn
• Exceptional staff commitment
• Senior Leadership of the highest calibre
• Pioneering work
• Significant investment to develop the quality of teaching
• Teaching is motivational
• Students are making strong gains
• High parental satisfaction
• Students talk with pride...relationships are positive in lessons and around the school
• The atmosphere for learning and for personal and spiritual growth is outstanding
• A purposeful and forward-looking institution capable of further outstanding growth

Recent Inspections

Congratulations to our students, staff, governors and families on two fantastic inspections,

each lasting two days! Ofsted were the first to visit under the New Framework in January this year, closely followed by a SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools). Judged from Good to Outstanding in all categories.:

Most of all, we pride ourselves on being inclusive; a neighbourhood school, open to all. See our new Admissions Policy or simply give us a ring and we’ll show you around.

Mrs. Booth