Siena House

  • Head of House: Mrs N Alderson
  • Assistant Head of House: Mr G Yates

Our House Motto

Be who God meant you to be and you can set the world on fire.

If we can follow this simple message, your time at St Bede’s will be fruitful and enjoyable.

You will be expected to work hard. We will try not to overburden you, and staff will always do their best to help you if you are struggling. But the only way to achieve success and to fulfil your potential is hard work, in every lesson and in every piece of work.

We want you to enjoy your time out of the classroom, so make the most of the amazing range of co-curricular activities open to you; whether that is the traditional sports of Football, Rugby, Netball and Hockey, or more obscure activities such as Chess, Golf, Skiing or even Cryptic Crosswords. If you have a suggestion for a club or activity, let us know!

Finally, and most importantly, we ask you to pray. You will pray every morning in form time, and at the end of every school day. St Bede’s is a Catholic community and we remember that behind everything we do is our faith and we will have House Masses through the year.


St. Catherine of Siena


St. Catherine of Siena (25 March 1347 – 1380 ) deliberately told popes, queens and kings how to behave. She was spontaneous, unafraid of authority and fearless in the face of death. She was a Dominican reli-gious who corresponded with Popes and peasants alike.  She was a tertiary of the Dominican Order, and a philosopher and theologian. She also worked to bring the papacy of Gregory XI back to Rome from its displacement in France, and to establish peace among the Italian city-states. She was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970. She is one of the two patron saints of Italy, together with St. Francis of Assisi.

“I trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, not in myself”


A prayer by St Catherine

Holy Spirit, come into my heart; draw it to Thee by Thy power, O my God, and grant me charity with filial fear. Preserve me, O ineffable Love, from every evil thought; warm me, inflame me with Thy dear love, and every pain will seem light to me. My Father, my sweet Lord, help me in all my actions. Jesus, Heavenly Father, your glory is in your saints. We praise your glory in the life of the admirable St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her whole life was a noble sacrifice inspired by an ardent love of Jesus, your unblemished Lamb. In troubled times she strenuously upheld the rights of His beloved spouse, The Church. Father, honour her merits and hear her prayers for each of us. Help us to pass unscathed through the corruption of this world, and to remain unshakeably faithful to the church in word, deed, and example. Help us always to see in the Vicar of Christ an anchor in the storms of life, and a beacon of light to the harbour of your Love, in this dark night of your times and men’s souls. Grant also to each of us our special petition.

We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the bond Oh Lord you gave St Catherine of Siena a heart that never feared to tell the truth. Bless us in our work today; help us to be honest when we find some-thing hard to understand and give us the confidence to make the most of the gifts you have given us. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen

Lord Jesus, we offer you our work this day and pray that you would help us to be like Catherine of Siena and trust not to our own abilities but in the strength that You wish to give us. We make our prayer through Christ  our Lord. Amen.

“Lord, take me from myself and give me to yourself.”