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Inclusion Organisation

Head of Year 7 - Mr B Earl
Head of Year 8 - Mr M Crampton
Head of Year 9 - Mr J Exley
Head of Year 10 - Mrs M Birtwistle
Head of Year 11 - Mrs D Outen

Heads of Year are responsible for the day-to-day welfare of the students. All students in The Venerable Bede Academy have a form tutor who will register their attendance at school in the morning and offer support for their welfare and their progress through school. Parents/carers are able to contact Heads of Year through the Main Office on any matter concerning their child.


All teachers are committed to supporting students who have learning difficulties. The Learning Support Department works with students, parents/carers and staff in addressing the needs of all students. This is through working in small groups and through extra support in mainstream classrooms. The school is well equipped to allow students with physical disability to be fully integrated into main stream education.

Gifted and Talented Policy

The Venerable Bede School is dedicated to raising achievement amongst its learners with a co-ordinated and coherent approach from all members of staff to ensure “personal excellence for all students.” In order to continue to develop the programme for Gifted and Talented provision within our school, each department is required to regularly review their provision for this cohort of students and to monitor and develop the provision in line with curriculum developments and other school policies.

The commonly accepted definition of ‘gifted’ is those learners with high ability or potential in academic subjects; ‘talented’ refers to those learners with high ability and/or potential in the expressive or creative arts or sports. These categories are currently regarded as catering for up to 10% of the total number of learners.

Partnership with

We value the opinion of parents/carers and encourage you to express your views formally through questionnaires, school website interaction, and at meetings held during the school year. Parents/carers are informed of all activities and successes through newsletters, the school website and letters to parents/carers from curriculum and inclusion leaders.

Parents/carers are kept up to date with their child’s progress and targets through an annual written report, interim assessment reports and annual Parents’/Carers’ Evenings. Parents/carers may contact us at any time. The first port of call is always the student’s Head of Year whose knowledge of each student in their care is extensive. Please contact the school office where you will be asked to leave a contact number to arrange a suitable appointment time. Parents/carers will be asked the nature of their request at the time of making the appointment. Please note an appointment will be offered but we cannot guarantee it will be within 24 hours

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