Co-Curricular Competitions


Please see below a table of the Co-curricular competitions both inter house and external for the 2015-2016 academic year.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email:

Mr M. Gallagher
Director of Co-Curricular


Co-Curricular  Competitions


Teacher to Contact

 Year Groups




Alan Turing Competition – Organised  by the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester Mr Wardell U3-U5 J5



Do you like breaking codes and solving ciphers? Can you, and your friends, unravel the Carbon Conundrum? Would you like the chance to use your mathematical skills to win some great prizes?

Then the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition is for you!

You don’t need to be a computer whizz or a mathematical genius – you just need to keep your wits about you and be good at solving problems! The competition is organised by the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester.

Animation Competition

Mr Greer

Mr Mason

U3-U5 V9



Open to members of the Animation Club – students will make a short animation either individually or as a group.
Chess Competition

Mr Gallagher

U3-U6 Library



Students participate in an online international chess competition against other students. Those students who reach the required standard may be entered in the UK National Schools Chess Championship.

Corpus Christie Cambridge University

  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Politics
Subject Teacher TBC L6-U6 TBC TBC For over a decade Corpus Christi College has run subject-based essay competitions for students with the purpose of:

  • Giving students the chance to think and write about challenging questions in a subject that they are interested in. All the essay questions are set and assessed by Cambridge Fellows and academics.
  • Encouraging academically able students from all backgrounds to think about applying to Cambridge University.

A very enriching and highly challenging task for students to develop their interests in the subjects and topics of their choice with support from staff. A fantastic addition to UCAS personal statements.

National School Photography Awards Mr Peers U3-U6 R4 Afterschool The National School Photography Awards is a nationwide competition. The photographs submitted to the competition will be judged in three key areas: Impact of the photograph, Creativity of the image in meeting the theme and the technical ability of the entrant. Judging consists of two rounds. In round one, our judges will select their ten favourite entries. The entries selected in round one will proceed to round two, where the judges will then collectively select a first-place winner.

Mock Trial

Mr Gallagher L6 R2 Tuesday Lunchtime In the Bar National Mock Trial Competition students take on the roles of barristers and witnesses and present their case against teams from other schools. First they have to become familiar with the case. Then they have to battle it out in real courtrooms, in front of real judges.Their performances are judged by Circuit Judges, recorders and senior barristers or advocates. Winning teams from regional heats then fight it out in a prestigious national final.

Model United Nations Competitions

Mrs Perry L6-U6 R17 Monday Model UN competitions are both regional and national and provide active learning opportunities for students, allowing them to explore and analyse a situation affecting unfamiliar people in unfamiliar settings. They negotiate and reach consensus with other schools on the best action for all, working individually and as part of a group. Delegates develop their understanding of the world around them, diplomacy and communication skills and as well as building their self-confidence.

Sixth Form Debating

Sixth Form StudentsMrs PerryMr Gallagher L6-U6 Sixth Form Quiet Room Thursday Lunchtime Students in the Sixth Form will debate against each other in teams on current affairs. The two teams making it through to the final will compete in the Academic Hall and the overall winners will receive an award at the end of year presentation day.

 Senior Debating

Mrs Perry L6-U6 R17 Friday Lunchtime Students from the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth are invited to join the senior debating team which will meet every Friday lunchtime. Students will compete in regional debating tournaments and if successful in the National Debating finals.

ifs Student Investor Challenge

Mr Gallagher U4-U6 R2 Tuesday Lunchtime The ifs Student Investor Challenge is the UK’s premier investment competition with over 100,000 students from 2,500 schools benefiting from the experience in previous years. The competition involves teams investing £100,000 of virtual money in the stock market. Students need to keep portfolios healthy by reading and forecasting market information provided online to identify shares and make judgements of when to buy and sell in order to make a profit.

Young Geographer of the Year and Rex Walford Award

Mrs Smith U3-U6 H8 Lunchtime

Why does Antarctica matter?

The question for this year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition coincides with the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, which aimed to complete the first crossing of Antarctica.

This year’s competition is an opportunity for students to explore why Antarctica still matters today. This may be for a number of reasons, spanning:

  • Antarctica’s world-leading science
  • The continent’s unique biodiversity and landscapes
  • As a location which still inspires people with awe and wonder of the natural world
  • Antarctica’s unique status as the only continent in the world without countries
  • Antarctica’s governance by the Antarctic Treaty which promotes science, peaceful purposes, sets aside territorial claims and prevents military activity


Tenner Challenge  Mrs Hatton U4  R1



Welcome to Tenner, the nationwide competition to find the next generation of budding entrepreneurs. Here you’ll find out when the challenge begins, how it works and how you can get your young people involved.The Tenner Challenge is for young people who want to get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. It gives them a chance to think of a new business idea and make it happen, using real money to take calculated risks in the business field, make a profit – and make a difference. Tenner is a national competition and young people from all over the country can get involved.
Target 2.0 Mr Gallagher L5-U6 R2 MondayLunchtime  Target Two Point Zero – The Bank of England and The Times Interest Rate Challenge gives teams of students aged 16-18 the chance to take on the role of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, assess economic conditions and the outlook for inflation and tell panels of judges what monetary policy they would set to achieve the Government’s inflation target of 2.0%.
Poetry by HeartNational Competition Mrs Alderson L5-U6 TBCRegional Heat, Central Manchester

Nov-March Lunchtimes TBA

 The Poetry By Heart national initiative encourages students to demonstrate their prowess in putting across the essence of two challenging poems from different time periods using vocal colour, emphasis and enunciation to good effect. There is the chance to qualify for regional and even national finals.
Junior Poetry By Heart Competition Mrs Alderson U3-U4 Library



All students in the first three years select a poem from an anthology presented in English lessons and learn it for an in-class performance.The winners compete in the lunchtime final for trophies and other prizes – this year a trip to the Manchester Children’s Literature Festival.
Senior Public Speaking Mrs Vyce  L5-U6  R7



 Preparation for a series of prestigious local and national competitions including The Catenian and Rotary Club Competitions.
U4 Public Speaking Competition Mrs Alderson  U4 R8



 All students in the U4 will work on their speeches in their Drama lessons in preparation for a Grand Final of the best efforts. Trophies will be awarded and the best talk will be presented at Speech Day.
500 Words Creative Writing National Competition English Dept  U3-L4  R7  December-February  This competition is run by Radio 2 and there are a myriad of high-profile celebrities involved. Our winning entries will be feted in school.
J.M.Berry Prize for Creative Writing English Dept U4-U6  R7  January  An annual in-house creative writing award judged by esteemed ex Head of English Department Mr Michael Berry. We will be looking for work of only the highest calibre.
Linguatrivia Competition Mrs Reid Miss Benson U4 R14  During lessons  Linguatrivia is an online language competition. You will be given the opportunity to practice interactive quizzes online and will then take a multiple-choice test in Spanish or German. Foreign Nationals will take the test in English. There will prizes awarded to winners and runners up in each House and an overall winner for their House. This will take place at the beginning of November, winners to be announced before breaking up for Christmas. Some questions are challenging but you should not feel put off: The aim is not to get every answer right. Remember that your teacher can offer useful advice on how to tackle difficult questions, so do not hesitate to ask for explanations when you get stuck.
North Schools’ Modern Languages Debating Competition Mrs Reid U6  R14  A co-curricular club will run from receiving the debating titles to competing in the competition  The event, which sees more and more schools take part each year, provides a platform for you as Languages students to engage in debate across a range of topical subjects, in French, Spanish and German. This takes place on 12 November from 16:30 to 21:00. In previous years we have won the trophy and placed second, so there is an opportunity to reinstate St Bede’s as Modern Languages Debating Champions
Inter House MFL Debating Competition Mrs Reid  U5-U6  R14  A co-curricular club will run from receiving the debating titles to competing in the competition  Lower Sixth and any interested Upper Fifth students will have the opportunity to prepare and debate with the titles used for this year’s North West Debating Competition (in French German or Spanish). This will form an inter-house competition and will be good practice for you if you wish to compete in Upper Sixth.
Inter House Lower Fourth French Easter Card Competition Mrs PerryMiss BensonMrs Girolami  L4 R14  During lessons  Combine your artistic and linguistic skills! Lower Fourth French students will design Easter cards as part of classwork and homework tasks. This will form an inter-house competition and winning cards may be printed and sold for charity. Deadline Wednesday 2 March.
MMU Routes into Languages Spelling BeeInter-House competition (first two rounds) Mrs PerryMrs ReidMiss Benson  U3  U3 classrooms  In lesson and MMU Upper Third French students will once again enter the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee organised by MMU.  The first two rounds are judged in College and will form an inter-house competition. Winners will go on to compete against other schools in this popular regional competition.The regional competition is usually at the end of March (Dates TBC)
Mother Tongue Other Tongue poetry competition  (MMU Routes into Languages) All staff U4 French, German, SpanishForeign Nationals  R17  In lesson and MMU Upper Fourth students of all three languages will write a poem in the target language in class. Foreign Nationals will write in English about a favourite poem in their language They will be judged as an inter-house competition and the best four submitted to the MMU Mother Tongue Other Tongue poetry competitionIf successful, you will be invited to attend the Regional Celebration Event.The regional event is usually at the end of June (Dates TBC)
European Issues Debate Miss Benson  L6-U6 R14  Co-curricular club for duration of preparation and debate TBC  Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth students will have the opportunity to research and debate a current political/social issue within the European Union. You do not have to be studying a language to A Level and this will further your knowledge and understanding of issues within the EU and demonstrate your awareness of issues outside of the UK.
 Art Inter House Christmas Card Competition Mrs DittmanMrs Meakin U3  R5  During Lesson  An inter-house competition for Upper Third students in lesson to design the best Christmas card.
 Art Inter House Wire Sculpture Competition Mrs Dittman  L4-U4  R5  During Lesson  An inter-house wire sculpture competition for students in years Lower Fourth and Upper Fourth
Balloon Race Heads of House Prep – U6 Playground  Oct 2nd  Launch of the restructured House system. Whole school charity event.
Engage all the houses to see who sells the most balloons. Arrange alongside ‘own-clothes’day
Big Bang Inter House Competition Mr Hepburn  L4  Library and Academic Hall  TBC  Inter house science themed competition