Bede's - Energy, movement and dynamism

Excellence for everyone and specialism without compromise are strong messages at Bede’s. This ambitious, inclusive independent school strives for holistic achievement and also offers outstanding facilities.

Set in 175 acres of stunning Weald countryside, Bede’s houses 800 students split between 10 houses where pastoral care is second to none. 300 students board including 120 from overseas.

Headmaster Peter Goodyer says school life is about ensuring all pupils have an equally fulfilling experience. “Those children who excel and want to specialise in cricket, tennis or dance have the coaching they need to reach the top. But plenty of pupils not in that elite still have the same opportunities and experiences. Everyone will excel at something: we’re not a sausage factory merely grinding out good results. Staff know every pupil and know them well, so they can find the best approach for each of them.”

This holistic philosophy is popular with parents, and now academic results are soaring. A-level results have improved by 15% in three years with nearly three-quarters graded at A*-B, outperforming many overtly selective independent schools.

Great care is taken to help pupils choose the right path. Principal Deputy Head Jerry Lewis says, “We find out what makes pupils tick and make sure they all achieve their potential. This is a school full of energy, movement and dynamism.”

The older Bede’s Prep School is based in nearby Eastbourne while the Senior School has evolved around the original manor house at Upper Dicker, moving from open fires and wood panelling to contemporary interiors. The campus architecturally mirrors the surrounding village. Fields reach the horizon, providing sports pitches alongside tennis courts and a golf course. A new Multi-Purpose Games Area and water-basedastro as well as cricket pavilion will soon be launchedHuge Sports Complex boasts squash courts, gym and swimming pool, well used by all pupils and open to local residents and alumni. Modern Science Block contains numerous labs, lecture theatre and observatory for night-time lessons. The Art School is recognised as one of the best in the country and the media and film departments are very well equipped.

Bede’s Drama department and Legat School of Dance, the oldest residential dance school in the country, offer excellent training. “We experience every type of dance you can think of, and it’s a very demanding programme,” one dancer said. “We can sing and be involved in music as well, and study academic as well as creative subjects. It’s tough and you have to be very committed, but it’s great.”

The bonus of Bede’s is such gifts are polished without compromising on academic education; over 70 courses are on offer, including Cambridge Pre-U, traditional A Levels and GCSES and BTECS, allowing all students to find a love for academia regardless of perceived ability.

Action-packed days

Fun and challenging activities are built into the daily timetable, with 130 to choose from. “You can do pretty much anything you can think of,” a Sixth Former said. “Diving, windsurfing, sewing, first aid, cooking, sailing. A friend of mine discovered she was really good at shooting. She found a talent she didn’t know she had.”

Bede’s one-of-a-kind Animal Management Centre houses weird and wonderful creatures; snakes, birds, guinea pigs, aquaria and even a skunk. Students learn how to handle, feed, look after them and can gain a BTEC qualification in addition to breeding endangered species after school.

Drama productions are big business with 11-12 each year, from small studio pieces to an all-school show. “The drama space is really incredible,” said one student who’s been so inspired he’s heading on to drama college. “We really use it to its full potential and that’s down to our amazing teachers. They are the beating heart of the drama department.”

The newest boarding houses are light with vibrant decor and spacious open-plan communal areas, recognised by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors as having outstanding design and innovation. Other dormitories resemble family homes. “I’ve boarded here for five years,” said one student. “I live an hour away so I could go home, but I much prefer to stay here where I have my friends and all the facilities at my fingertips.”

“We’re a values-based school, but the ideas and energy for our community projects have come from pupils, and it’s wonderful to see.”

Peter Goodyer

Charity and community projects have flourished in recent years with students working with local care homes and primary schools. Headmaster Peter Goodyer said: “We’re a values-based school, but the ideas and energy for our community projects have come from pupils, and it’s wonderful to see.”

Students give their teachers glowing reports. “They’re always happy to give you extra help at break, lunch or after school,” one student said. “If I need to do extra work I can get the late bus home at 7pm. I know my grades will be good because I’ve had that support. Every subject and department is taken seriously, there’s no feeling that it’s better to be good at one thing than another.”

If all that isn’t enough to impress discerning parents, the school has another highlight, summed up by one amazed visitor who exclaimed, “This is the cleanest school I’ve ever seen!”  Top marks for Bede’s.

Note from the Head

Bede’s inspires young people to achieve in every facet of their educational experience. We place the individual and their passions at the heart of what we do.

Our pupils are encouraged to go beyond their academic successes to develop as whole people. We engage them in pursuits that liberate their creativity and talents, revealing their pathways to future success.

Bede’s philosophy of breadth and excellence in the academic curriculum as well as our range of cultural, aesthetic, intellectual and sporting activities outside the classroom serves our pupils’ uniqueness very well. Most importantly, these enriching experiences are open to everyone and not just an elite few.

Education, if it is to be truly effective, should encourage every young person to participate and ensure that, as the whole person develops, the efforts of each individual are recognised and celebrated.

We place the development of values at the heart of school life. Young people need the opportunity to experiment, embrace responsibility, lead, succeed and, because we learn more from adversity, venture beyond where they are comfortable.

Pupils, teachers and parents all have roles to play in the Bede’s community, and we encourage everyone to set their sights high.

Our aim is for each child to make an outstanding contribution in all aspects of their lives: in school, in the local community and the wider world.

We will do everything we can to make that happen.

Peter Goodyer


"I remember when I came to Bede’s from St Aubyns. I was so shy and nervous, but I had a really warm reception. It sounds really cheesy, but I don’t know how else to say it – I found myself here."
Helen Clements, student, L6.

"I’ve been at Bede’s for five years. The best thing about it is the way the school makes time for me to do the things I’m passionate about. It’s not about fitting in at Bede’s. There will be a trumpeter sat next to a maths genius, and that reflects me and who I am. I don’t fit into a niche, and I appreciate that Bede’s allows me to revel in the knowledge that my future is undefined."
Olivia Prince-Smith, student, L5.

"On my first day at Bede’s, the big question on my mind was … Who am I? When I started senior school, I had no idea of the person I wanted to become, and Bede’s has helped me discover who that person is."
Annabel Martirossian, student, U5.

School news

17th Aug 2018
Congratulations to this year’s Upper Sixth pupils at Bede’s Senior School, who achieved over 71% A*-B grades, with almost 42% of grades at A*-A and 72% of individuals achieving at least one A or A* grade.   This year saw 22 pupils gaining three or more As and A*s, with 56 pupils gaining two ... more
10th Aug 2018
Bede’s pupil Thomas Exall won the Swim England 16yrs National title in 50m freestyle at the English National Summer Championships held in Sheffield from the 31 July to 4 August, and created a new junior Sussex County record of 24.41. Tom, who was on his first visit to the Nationals, was ... more
12th Jul 2018
First Year and Lower Fifth pupils from Bede’s Senior School volunteered in the local community for the school’s ‘Make a Difference Day’. Pupils got involved in a range of projects, from teaching at local primary schools and visiting the elderly in Woodside Hall retirement home, to taking ... more
12th Jul 2018
Upper Sixth Bede’s Senior School pupil, Dylan Allenby-Ryan, won the South of England Show’s ‘Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers’ award for the best joinery in class for his A-Level project. The award-winning piece is a bespoke wine rack constructed from ash, with a preparation area ... more
1st Jun 2018
Pupils and staff from across the Bede’s School community gathered in the Recital Room for a pupil-led discussion on gender equality, organised by Lower Fifth pupil Marie Boyer from Dorter House. The event featured speeches from pupils and leading professionals, as well as a film of ... more
31st May 2018
The Bede’s 1st XI cricket team travelled to Hove to play Eastbourne College in the Langdale Cup Final at the County Ground. Bede’s won the match by 8 wickets with more than two overs to spare. Alan Wells, Director of Cricket at Bede’s, summed up the evening’s play by saying: “Although it was ... more
31st May 2018
England’s World Cup winning Ladies Cricket team came to Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker for a training match – possibly the first time a World Cup winning cricket team has played a school side. A large crowd came to watch the match and enjoy a picnic and the perfect weather. Those who ... more
31st May 2018
Bede’s Under 15 Girls’ Cricket team headed to Lord's on Wednesday 16 May to play in the Lady Taverner’s Indoor National Finals. The team, who played incredibly well throughout the tournament to become Sussex and South 2018 Champions, reached the final of the competition out of 866 schools that ... more
31st May 2018
Bede’s Upper Sixth BTEC band hosted a charity gig at Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker. The summer festival-themed event was open to pupils, staff and families, and raised over £150 for Helping Rhinos. The gig was organised by Upper Sixth pupils Imogen Hooker, Rachel Morgan and Naemi ... more
31st May 2018
Bede’s Prep Head Boy, George Linehan, has made it through to the Final of the Peacock Poetry Prize for the second year running with his poem ‘Working with Words’. The competition is open to young writers aged 11 – 18 years old across the South East of England, and the winner will be ... more
24th May 2018
Earlier this month, pupils, parents, staff and members of the wider school community gathered at Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker for its Young Musician of the Year event. The evening presented astounding musical performances from five pupils across the year groups, comprising pianist ... more
10th May 2018
The Boarding Schools Association has announced that Bede’s School, in Upper Dicker, East Sussex is the winner of their 2018 “Working with Vulnerable Children” Award.  Bede’s Headmaster, Peter Goodyer received the award on behalf of the School at the Association’s awards ceremony held in ... more
10th May 2018
On Wednesday 2 May, pupils, parents, staff and members of the wider school community gathered at Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker for its Young Musician of the Year event. The evening presented astounding musical performances from five pupils across the year groups, comprising pianist ... more
10th May 2018
Bede’s U14a football team travelled to Lancing Football Club to compete for the Sussex U14 Shield. The boys emerged victorious following a win against Forest School in the Final, with a final score of 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw. David Byrne, Director of Sport at Bede’s, says: ... more
10th May 2018
Three Bede’s pupils have recently made their Sussex 2nd Cricket debuts, with Tom Gordon (Lower Sixth) making his One Day debut, and Henry Crocombe (Upper Fifth) and Scott Lenham (Upper Fifth) both making their Championship debuts. Alan Wells, Director of Cricket at Bede’s, says, “To have ... more
10th May 2018
The Bede’s U18 Girls Football team travelled to Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in Berkshire for the Smith Construction ISFA U18 Girls Cup Final against Alleyn’s School. Bede’s emerged triumphant with their 6-3 win and were named 2018 champions of the competition. Bede’s goal scorers ... more
10th May 2018
Pupils in Stud House at Bede’s School raised £1,200 for the ABC Fund at their House Party. The fundraising event involved dancing to ‘disco classics’, posing in a prop photobooth and selling tuck from the shop. Mrs Katy O’Hara, Deputy Housemistress of Stud House, said, “We are very proud ... more
10th May 2018
Bede’s welcomed Tom Steer from the University of Sussex for the School’s annual Student Finance Talk for Upper Sixth parents and pupils. The talk and question-and answer session covered a range of topics, including tuition fees, student loans, and the real cost of going to ... more
13th Apr 2018
Bede’s alumnus, Shai Hope, was recently among five named as Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year for 2017 following an astonishing performance for the West Indies in their famously unexpected Test win over England last summer at Headingley.   The coveted Cricketers of the Year award which began ... more
6th Apr 2018
This term, pupils and staff at Bede’s Senior School were set a challenge by their Headmaster, Peter Goodyer: collect 1,000 Easter Eggs for charity by the Final Assembly on Friday 23 March. The target was surpassed, with 1,156 eggs collected ready for donation to a number of worthy causes, ... more
6th Apr 2018
Lower Fifth Bede’s pupil, Daisy Noton, has been accepted into the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as a flautist. As part of the NYO – which comprises 164 of the brightest young musicians in the UK – Daisy will have the opportunity to play in concerts across the country, and assist ... more
28th Mar 2018
Pupils from Bede’s Senior School triumphed in the Sussex County Swimming Championships last month, taking home seven gold, eleven silver and ten bronze medals. All nine Bede’s swimmers gained finals or top eight positions in their age groups. Bede’s medalists were: Daniel Flint, Lower Sixth ... more
19th Mar 2018
A group of ten pupils from Bede’s Senior School have started volunteering at Hailsham Foodbank on a weekly basis during activity time. The pupils have been helping in a variety of ways, including packing food, weighing food in the warehouse and carrying out office administration ... more
19th Mar 2018
Bede’s production of ‘Oliver!’ at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne this week marks the school’s Drama department latest foray into the world of musical theatre, which treats the audience to a thrilling whirlwind of drama, music and dance on an ambitious and professional ... more
28th Feb 2018
Four Upper Sixth pupils from Bede’s Senior School have been selected for a CSAD Ceramic Excellence Award. The awards – which celebrate the best in emerging ceramic talent – received applications from 23 institutions, from which 38 pupils were selected. Bede’s pupils Harry Ambrose, Jason ... more
28th Feb 2018
Steve Wells from Fast Future Publishing visited Bede’s on Tuesday 20 February to deliver a talk for our Lower Sixth pupils entitled ‘A Different Kind of Future’. Steve also gave us two futurist books by Rohit Talwar, ‘The Future of Business’ and ‘Beyond Genuine Stupidity’. Steve’s talk ... more
28th Feb 2018
Bede’s School pupils Sam Avery and James Grimmond, both aged 17 and from Eastbourne, have qualified for the British Swimming Championships that will take place from 1-4 March at the Edinburgh International Pool in Scotland. James has qualified in the 50m and 100m freestyle, with Sam ... more
21st Feb 2018
Bede’s welcomed former Sussex and England cricketer, specialist spin coach Ian Salisbury. Over the course of his 20 year career, Ian represented England in fifteen Tests and four One Day Internationals and played first-class cricket for Sussex, Surrey and Warwickshire. Whilst at Sussex, he ... more
14th Feb 2018
The 2017-18 football season at Bede’s has started with a spring in its step with the past few weeks being very successful for our footballers. On Sunday 22 January Tom Collins and Nasje Brockington represented the Independent Schools Football Association against Everton U16 Academy. Despite ... more
1st Feb 2018
On Monday 15 January, almost 27 years after the event, Squadron Leader John Peters visited Bede’s Senior School to talk to pupils (as part of the Bede’s Diploma Programme) and parents about his experiences of being a prisoner of the Gulf War. John Peters came to the world’s attention in ... more
24th Jan 2018
Bede’s School hosted its annual ‘Galactic Challenge’ for pupils from years 6, 7 and 8 on Saturday 20 January.  The event saw over 80 eager engineers from Bede’s Prep, Marlborough House, Rose Hill, Skippers Hill, Yardley Court, Willingdon, Blatchington Mill, St. Christopher’s Hove and Brambletye ... more
24th Jan 2018
Pupils, teachers and parents from Bede’s School were delighted to spend time with online safety Karl Hopwood.    Karl has over 15 years’ experience working with schools, teachers, pupils and parents, is a member of UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) and sits on the advisory board ... more
24th Jan 2018
Pupils from Dicker House at Bede’s School participated in a 24 hour football match to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Upper Sixth pupil, Archie Taylor, Head of Dicker House said: "The Cystic Fibrosis Trust raises money to fund invaluable research to treat and support its sufferers ... more
28th Dec 2017
Bede’s hosted the SCF (Sussex Cricket Foundation) Under 18s Indoor Girls Cricket Festival, during which the current England Ladies wicket keeper and former Bede’s pupil, Sarah-Jane Taylor, gave the pupils a surprise visit. The event – which was arranged by one of Bede’s cricket coaches and ... more
28th Dec 2017
Last month’s Bede’s Prep pantomime saw Year 5 and 6 pupils perform a modern twist of the classic story, Aladdin. Performed over three days (27, 28 and 30 November 2017), ‘Aladdin Trouble’ told the tale through the eyes of Scheherazade, with pupils performing in a range of roles, from ... more
28th Dec 2017
The beginning of December 2017 saw the Multi-Purpose Hall at Bede’s transformed for Cabaret, the school’s annual blue-chip event. This year’s concerts offered evenings of glitz, glamour, music and dance, accompanied by black tie fine dining across three nights. The evenings were compered by ... more
28th Dec 2017
Pupils from Bede’s Knights House travelled to Newhaven to support the ABC (Anne Bickmore Children’s) Fund by helping to pack 100 Christmas Gift Bags for disadvantaged families. The bags were filled with presents ranging from soap, tea bags and pasta, to Christmas crackers, biscuits and ... more
28th Dec 2017
This term, Bede’s A-Level Computing pupils visited Imperial College London (ranked fifth in the country for Computing and first for research quality) to expand their knowledge on Computer Science in real-world situations. The lectures covered topics such as the application of Computer ... more
28th Dec 2017
A Christmas collection of food and gifts organised by Bede’s pupils was delivered to Hailsham Foodbank on Tuesday 12 December 2017. Pupils across houses and year groups participated in the collection, which amassed to more than six large boxes of donations. The collection was organised ... more
28th Dec 2017
Pupils from across all year groups at Bede’s raised awareness for Anti-Bullying Week by taking part in Odd Socks Day, which is part of the Anti-Bullying Alliance Campaign. The initiative ties into the week’s theme for this year - ‘All Different, All Equal’ - which focuses on promoting ... more
28th Dec 2017
Bede’s School welcomed Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive of the BSA to join Headmaster Mr Peter Goodyer, Principal Deputy Head Mr Jerry Lewis, pupils and staff to take part in the Boarding Schools (BSA) ‘Boarding Orchard’.    The Mulberry tree, planted in front of the Lake in the Park at ... more
7th Dec 2017
Recently, Barnaby Lenon, Chariman of the Independent Schools Council, visited Bede’s to talk to parents about his views on good parenting. Close to 100 parents attended the talk, which combined valuable insights and anecdotes from Mr Lenon’s long and successful career in education, ... more
7th Dec 2017
A collection of exceptional Deis House pupils recently conducted an assembly to raise awareness of the Trussell Trust Eastbourne Foodbank. First Year pupils Owen Pennington, Zak Rawat, Varun Mahatme and Jem Matthews, supported by their House Prefects Ryan Welch, Tom Welch and Sam Avery, ... more
29th Nov 2017
Ben Sherlock, aged 11 has won Fundraiser of the Year at the Child of Sussex Awards 2017. The awards ceremony, which is now in its eight year, celebrates the outstanding work and impressive contribution of children throughout Sussex. Ben, who was nominated by a number of people, said he ... more
20th Oct 2017
The Bede’s English department was delighted to welcome celebrated author Sara Wheeler to Upper Dicker on Wednesday 11 October to mark the culmination of the school’s annual First Year Travel Writing Competition. The afternoon saw Sara, who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of ... more
20th Oct 2017
Sunday 8 October saw Bede’s girls football team in the ISFA National Seven-A-Side Tournament held at Charterhouse. A total of 16 teams competed in the U18s tournament which consisted of seven-a-side matches in four groups. Having fought through the group stages with convincing wins of 5-0, ... more
20th Oct 2017
Five pupils from Bede’s have been selected to swim at the South East Regional Winter Championships.   Tom Exall, James Grimmond, Harriet Farrington, Sam Avery and Dan Flint will all be swimming at the championship taking place in Portsmouth on the weekend of the 4th-5th November.   Craig ... more
29th Sep 2017
On Sunday September 24, nine pupils from Bede’s travelled to Hertfordshire to attend the Independent Schools Football Association Girls National Trials. The day consisted of small sided matches, with qualified coaches making their selections based on both ability and attitude. Four pupils ... more
29th Sep 2017
This summer saw Bede’s pupils Parmis Fadavi-Hosseini and Kozma Prelevic fly to the USA as part of the UK and EU teams in the international final of the Space Design Competition, which took place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for a week from 25 July. Parmis and Kozma won their hard-earned ... more
12th Sep 2017
Twenty footballers from Bede’s School in Upper Dicker, enjoyed a pre-season trip to Madrid, Spain, to hone their football skills ahead of the start of term. The boy’s enjoyed a tour of the 80,000 capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the home of the mighty Real Madrid, and then watched Real ... more
12th Sep 2017
Bede’s sixth form pupils headed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August to perform ‘Tartuffe’, Moliere’s classic comedy. The plot features a power hungry imposter, who uses fear and religion to gain power with ridiculous and fabulously entertaining outcomes! The nine strong ensemble ... more
24th Aug 2017
Congratulations have been given to Bede’s GCSE candidates on achieving yet another set of impressive results, with almost 20% of all grades at A*, 92% of grades at A*-C, and 82% of pupils earning at least one A or A*. Following Bede’s record A Level results last week, which saw 53% of grades ... more
17th Aug 2017
Sixth Form leavers at Bede’s had much cause for celebration today, with pupils earning 80% A*-B grades for the first time in the school’s history. With 53% of all results at A*-A and 92% at A*-C, these record-breaking accomplishments are part of a wider picture of success for Bede’s, which ... more
27th Jun 2017
Bede's boys retained the Sussex Independent League U15 title on Saturday 17 June, with wins over Worth College, Ardingly College, Lancing College and Brighton College.   This means that Bede’s have taken this title for and incredible seventh consecutive year. Director of Tennis at Bede’s ... more
27th Jun 2017
Bede’s pupils Parmis Fadavi-Hosseini and Kozma Prelevic are flying off this summer as part of the UK and EU teams in the International final of the Space Design Competition, taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at the end of July, spending a week competing with teams from across the ... more
27th Jun 2017
In recent weeks, Bede's English students have been taking in the delights of the Charleston Literary Festival once more, dropping in this time to consider questions of originality and influence in art and literature. As always, first timers were quickly swept up in the heady atmosphere that ... more
22nd Jun 2017
The May half-term break saw the Bede's School Geography department embark on an adventure to Iceland.   Head of Geography at Bede’s Catherine Buckler explained: "‘The itinerary included a guided tour of Reykjavik, where we learned that hot water is pumped under the roads to stop them ... more
22nd Jun 2017
Having qualified for the Langdale County Cup final by defeating Eastbourne College on Tuesday 23 May, Bede’s 1st XI put on another superb team display at the Sussex County Cricket Club in Hove on Thursday 265 May against Hurst, reclaiming a title Bede’s had previously held for 5 consecutive ... more
24th May 2017
Bede’s School tennis team have made a very strong start to the summer season with the Boys Under 18 and Under 16 teams both unbeaten in all matches played in the Sussex Independent Schools League, against Eastbourne College, Brighton College, Lancing College, Hurst, Worth, Ardingly and Christ’s ... more
24th May 2017
Ariana Dowse, Upper Fifth pupil at Bede’s School, became the first Bede’s School Lady cricketer to represent Sussex Ladies senior team for 6 years, all whilst undertaking her GCSEs! Ariana made her debut for Sussex v Nottingham as an opening batsman on Sunday 30 April, followed by games ... more
16th May 2017
A 16-strong squad of Bede’s cricketers flew to sunny South Africa over the Easter holidays to take part in a 10-day tour of Cape Town and the surrounding area. In-between training and playing matches at a series of prestigious schools and cricket clubs, the boys visited Table Mountain, Hout ... more
16th May 2017
Bede’s Sixth form Drama pupils have had two recent trips to London to see firstly ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ at the Young Vic and then ‘Obsession’ at the Barbican to aid in their Theatre studies. After enjoying ‘Obsession’ the pupils were delighted to meet the star, Jude Law, who was ... more
9th May 2017
Bede’s Nursery children from the Rainbow Fish class visited Bede’s Senior School Animal Management unit as part of their study of ‘Pets and Vets' on Monday 8 May. Nursery Room Leader Heather Hughes said ‘The children had a wonderful visit, meeting bearded dragons, tarantulas and snakes ... more
27th Apr 2017
On Friday 24 March, a group of Bede’s Sixth Formers and their teachers set off to visit one of the most iconic capital cities, Paris, for a wonderful 3-day trip. The first morning started with an adventurous walk that took the pupils to Bastille Place, a landmark in the history of French ... more
27th Apr 2017
During the Easter holidays, Bede’s Lower Sixth Geographers enjoyed a three-night field trip to the Medina Valley Centre on the Isle of Wight. Bede’s Head of Geography, Mrs Catherine Buckler said ‘We had two key days of data collection where the pupils developed a range of skills that they ... more
5th Apr 2017
Bede’s girls played superbly to win the Lady Taverner’s Indoor U13 County Championship 2017. The Bede’s Prep girls bowled accurately, batted positively, and they ran brilliantly and were sharp and determined.  The Bede’s fielding was good, the girls caught some great catches (16 in total) ... more
5th Apr 2017
Bede’s parents, pupils and teachers had the distinct pleasure of watching three original works starring, written and directed by this year’s crop of Upper Fifth GCSE Drama students. The three ‘devised’ plays were staged as part of the group’s GCSE exam process. Refugee, was produced and ... more
5th Apr 2017
Bede’s School in Upper Dicker has announced the shortlisted writers and winners of the Bede’s Writers’ Competition for 2017. Mr Matthew Oliver, Head of English at Bede’s School said ‘We briefed that students that the work could be in any form-- prose short story, poetry, play script or song ... more
30th Mar 2017
Pupils and staff at Bede’s School in Upper Dicker have been delighted by the start of a series of lunchtime recitals.   Bede’s Director of Music, Louise Morris explained: "These 15 minute recitals are a wonderful opportunity for pupils and staff alike, to relax and enjoy the talented ... more
23rd Mar 2017
Year 5 pupil Layla Keech from Bede’s Prep School recently took part in a pre-grades gymnastics competition in Kent. Layla had a great competition, skipping a grade for her age, to compete in Grade 4 and finishing with the highest score of her club for the 2nd year in a row (it was only her ... more
15th Mar 2017
On Monday 6, Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 March, Bede’s parents, pupils and teachers had the distinct pleasure of watching three original works starring, written and directed by this year’s crop of Upper Fifth GCSE Drama students. The three ‘devised’ plays were staged as part of the group’s ... more
22nd Feb 2017
Bede’s Junior Boys’ Hockey U16 squad became Sussex champions on Thursday 9 February. The team started the Sussex County Championship finals, hosted at Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker, with a 2-0 victory against Hurst that set the tone for the day and placed them top of the group.   The ... more
17th Feb 2017
Year 6 pupils from Bede’s Prep School have been studying the medieval period in history this year. This was an exciting time in history and includes events such as 1066 (the last time we were invaded), Magna Carta, the Black Death, the Wars of the Roses and The Peasants’ Revolt. In class, ... more
10th Feb 2017
Bede’s pupil Rosa Witts is in the process of organising a charity concert in support of UNICEF with the aim of raising funds to help children living in the war zones in Syria. The concert is set to feature a wide array of student performers from Bede’s and has been organised purely by the ... more
2nd Feb 2017
Government figures released last week revealed that, in addition to its best-ever years for GCSE and A Level results in 2016, Bede’s has maintained its position as the top independent school in East and West Sussex for Sixth Form Value Added for the third year running. With Value Added ... more
26th Jan 2017
Bede’s pupils welcomed Professor Didier Queloz from Cambridge University for a lecture on ‘Exoplanets’, at Bede’s School on Monday 16 January. Professor Queloz began the search for exoplanets as part of his PhD in 1995 by discovering the first planet outside of our solar system alongside his ... more
26th Jan 2017
Bede’s School hosted the second ‘Galactic Challenge’ on Saturday 14 January, for over 70 pupils from years 6, 7 and 8 from Bede’s Prep, Marlborough House, Rose Hill, Skippers Hill, Yardley Court, Dulwich Prep and Brambletye Schools. After a hearty breakfast and welcome from Bede’s Deputy ... more
16th Dec 2016
The first weekend in December saw Bede’s School transformed into Winter Wonderland for the School’s black tie extravaganza ‘Cabaret’. Featuring all the classic songs of Christmas, the 120 strong Cabaret company made up of young musicians, dancers and dramatists from across all the year ... more
2nd Dec 2016
Against a blood-red velvet backdrop, stained with mildew and threaded-through with shimmering spider silk, Bede’s production of Great Expectations has this week guided audiences through a shadowy world of decay, injustice and faded Victorian grandeur. For those unfamiliar, Charles Dickens’ ... more
26th Oct 2016
Pupils from Bede’s Prep School and Bede’s Senior School played a starring role in the Sussex Women’s County Cricket Awards night. From the Prep school Matilda Collins won the most improved cricketer of the year for the U11 team, and Izzie Atherton won the batting award for the U12s. Izzie ... more
20th Oct 2016
The Bede’s U13 girls worked tirelessly to win the Worth U13 hockey tournament.   It was a clear run to victory as they beat St Paul 5-0, Christ’s Hospital 3-0, Great Walstead 2-0, Burges Hill B 2-1, Brighton College 2-0, Worth 2-0 and then went on to beat Cumor House 2-0 in the ... more
12th Oct 2016
Following the recent success of former Bede’s students Ollie Rayner and Delray Rawlins who have been selected for England Lions and Young England Lions respectively, current Year 11 student Tom Gordon has just been selected for the Bunbury/ECB tour to Sri Lanka in March 2017. This will be the ... more
22nd Sep 2016
Bede’s Lower Fifth pupils have been getting to grips with cell structure and organelles this week, including by constructing cells for themselves! To help the students remember the various parts of the cell, each used various foodstuffs and props to build their cells in three ... more
22nd Sep 2016
Scintillating sun, lush rolling hills and an azure, halcyon sea; the girls of Charleston House at Bede’s enjoyed all this and more on their sponsored walk across the Beachy Head cliffs recently. Housemistress Michelle Martin explained ‘The walk was organised to kick our charity fundraising ... more
14th Sep 2016
Pupils from Bede’s school U15 and 1st IX and 2nd XI teams enjoyed a pre-season trip to Amsterdam, Holland to hone their football skills ahead of the start of term. The boys enjoyed visits to the Amsterdam Arena, the home of the mighty Ajax, and a chance to see Dutch teams AZ Alkmaar and NEC ... more
25th Aug 2016
Following its best-ever A Level results last week, and in against a national picture of decline, Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker has broken records yet again with over 92% of all GCSE grades at A*-C, 45% of all grades at A*-A and 20% at A*. With over 60% of pupils achieving at least 1 ... more
18th Aug 2016
Sixth Form students at Bede’s Senior School have once again broken school records with 25% of all grades at A*, 53% at A*-A and 78% at A*-B. These successes build on Bede’s ranking for two successive years in the top 1% of schools in the UK for Value Added, with 60% of all grades at A or A* ... more
28th Jul 2016
Bede's has had a remarkable school cricket season, with its Junior Teams winning County Trophies at all ages, from U12 to U15 level. Bede’s Senior School’s U14s and Bede’s Prep School’s U12s won their respective County Cup titles with convincing victories on the same day. The U14s beat ... more
7th Jul 2016
Bede’s Prep School charity walk on the final Wednesday of the year has rapidly become one of the highlights of the school calendar. This year the children had chosen to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association, following the death of the father of one of the much-loved members of staff ... more
29th Jun 2016
Bede’s U15 Cricket team won the first cup of the cricket season on Tuesday 21 June, defeating Ardingly College in the final of the Sussex Independent Schools Blackshaw Cup. Alan Wells, Bede’s Director of Cricket said ‘Tom Gordon and Alastair Orr got Bede's off to a flying start in much the ... more
23rd Jun 2016
Students of Spanish in Year 7 at Bede's joined with the Salesianos School from Santander in Spain when they met in Brighton, in order to lay the foundations for a closer collaboration during Bede's Cantabria Trip in May. An initial speaking exercise at the Chapel Royal acted as an ... more
23rd Jun 2016
Reception, Year 1 & 2 pupils from Bede’s Pre-Prep were fortunate to experience the beauty of the Bluebell Walk in Arlington.  In small groups the children explored some of the seven interesting walks . Not only were they able to see vistas of bluebells but also other flowers such ... more
2nd Jun 2016
Bede’s pupils took over the coffee shop at the Arlington Bluebell Walk last week, to raise funds for the Sussex charity the ABC Fund. By baking cakes prior to the event, then selling them alongside tea and coffee at the café, the pupils were delighted to raise over £200 for the charity, ... more
19th May 2016
Bede’s School in Upper Dicker has appointed James Kirtley as its new Bowling Consultant working as part of the Bede’s Cricket Academy. James, who was born in Eastbourne, played with great distinction for both England and Sussex County Cricket Club.  Over the course of his twenty year career, he ... more

Coming events

Open Morning
Saturday, 15th September 2018
Location: Upper Dicker, East Sussex, BN27 3QH

School details

Address: Upper Dicker, East Sussex, BN27 3QH
Phone: 01323 843252
Head: Peter Goodyer
Founded: 1979
Pupils: 771. Day: 298 boys, 179 girls; Boarding: 173 boys, 121 girls
Ages: 13-18
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