Appointment of Headteacher

St Bede’s College is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Headteacher from January 2019. Louis d’Arcy will be joining the College from Bradford Grammar School in Yorkshire, where he is currently the Deputy Head and a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Mr d’Arcy was educated at Bradford Grammar School and St Peter’s College, Oxford where he read Chemistry. He began his working career as a management consultant at Accenture, developing and testing software for multinational digital television companies. The call of teaching was strong, though, and he joined Whitgift School in Croydon in 2002 to teach Mathematics. He held various positions of responsibility there – Housemaster, second-in-charge of the Mathematics department, Head of Years 6 and 7 and finally Assistant Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head of Careers. He left to join Ipswich School in April 2012 and spent four years there as Head of Sixth Form and a member of the Senior Management Team.

Mr d’Arcy has also been heavily involved in the co-curricular side of school life over the years, including not only coaching rugby and hockey teams but also assisting with soccer tours to the USA. An avid Bradford City fan (with a soft spot for Manchester United), he likes to attend matches when possible.

Mr d’Arcy commented upon his appointment: “I am delighted to have been appointed the next Headteacher of St Bede’s College and it is an enormous privilege to lead the College into a very exciting future.

“St Bede’s College is an outstanding school, steeped in a rich and vibrant history and located in the heart of Manchester. It is both a happy and dynamic community and I am thrilled to be joining a school with so many exciting plans for its future. The pupils, parents, staff and Governors that I have met so far have been incredibly welcoming and it is very apparent that they hold their school in high esteem. I very much look forward to meeting many other Bedians in due course.

“What makes St Bede’s such an impressive school is not only its wonderful staff, pupils and parents but also the myriad opportunities available to its young people. The range of co-curricular activities on offer is quite staggering and its pupils are encouraged to take full advantage. The College’s strong and proactive pastoral support lies at the very heart of the community and is supported by the College’s proud, compassionate Catholic ethos. I am very much looking forward to joining the College in January.”