School Ethos

At St. Bede’s, the guiding principle of our Catholic Ethos is that we are all made in the image and likeness of God and this belief resonates within and beyond our school. As a Catholic school community, we strive to educate, support and develop each pupil in our care. We endeavor to achieve this through celebrating our distinctive Christian identity in the artistic, academic, creative, practical, social, moral and spiritual aspects of school life.


Our School Mission Statement:


“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed,
which a man took, and planted in his field.
Though it is the smallest of all seeds, when it grows,
it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree,
so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
Matthew 13:31-32


At St Bede’s we believe that we are part of God’s creative process; providing the opportunity for each individual to flourish in order to serve the Common Good.
The guiding principles of our Catholic shared vision of life;

  • That we are all made in the image and likeness of God,
  • That the ultimate role model for being a full human being is the person of Jesus Christ.

As a school community we are active in taking responsibility for ourselves and the lives and needs of other people around us locally, nationally and internationally.


Through Collective Worship, assemblies and daily routines in and around school, we also aim to promote an attitude of love, care, respect, tolerance and acceptance based on the values of the Gospels. This is what drives us to promote an environment in school where students and staff are secure enough to explore their own beliefs and are able to reflect upon the impact of the Gospel message in their own lives.

The guiding principles of our Catholic shared vision of life;

  • That we are all made in the image and likeness of God, 
  • That the ultimate role model for being a full human being is the person of Jesus Christ.

Enabled by the Holy Spirit we strive to make these principles a lived reality;

  • Through collective worship, assemblies, daily school routines, curriculum and policies we will reflect the values of the Gospels.
  • Our relationships will be guided by the Gospel values as described by Jesus in the Beatitudes; Faithfulness, Integrity, Dignity, Compassion, Humility, Gentleness, Truth, Justice, Forgiveness, Mercy, Purity, Holiness, Tolerance, Peace, Service, Sacrifice. (Matthew 5:1-12)
  • As a school community we are active in taking responsibility for others, those in our community and those in need around us locally, nationally and internationally.
  • We will nurture the growth of each pupil in our care through the artistic, academic, creative, practical, social, moral, physical and spiritual aspects of school life.
  • We will be a place of welcome by demonstrating God’s love to all who come into our school community.
  • We will achieve this through working with all people of goodwill, particularly parents, families and the Church.
  • We will reflect the beauty of God’s creation through aspiring to excellence in all we do.