The Art Department at St Bede’s aims to provide all pupils with an exciting and in depth introduction into the world of Art and Design. Pupils are supported to develop and explore their creative potential and encouraged to achieve excellence at all levels. Visual literacy is a vital element of everyday society, with much of our surroundings owed to the vision and craftsmanship of the creative professions.
Have you ever considered that from the clothes we wear to the houses we live in – all of these necessities started life as an artist’s or designer’s creative vision?
In the Art department we pride ourselves on providing an Arts experience that nurtures both natural and developing talents.
All pupils are supported by highly motivated subject specialists who provide a well-balanced, stimulating and challenging environment that encourages awe, wonder and innovation. Pupils are enthusiastic, engaged and strive for excellence within an environment that supports the College ethos to ensure academic success.
‘Geography is the subject that holds the key to our future’ (Michael Palin)
Geography is simply the study of where places are, what they are like, what life is like in them and how and why they are changing, and why there are arguments about how we use them. The Geography Department aims to bring this exciting, contemporary and diverse subject alive in the classroom and energise our pupils with a passion for explaining and appreciating how relevant the subject is in helping them understand the world in which they live.
We achieve our aims by encouraging a variety of modes of teaching and learning, enabling our students to analyse critically. Specialist skills are also taught involving an appreciation of maps and there is an important emphasis on fieldwork where pupils collect their own data and view, in the field, the issues they are trying to understand. Field trips to Derbyshire, North Wales, The Lake District and North Yorkshire provide stimulating lessons in the field. Also, life enhancing experiences exploring contrasting landscapes such as those of Iceland and Sicily are offered on a regular basis.
The History Department at St. Bede’s offers a fascinating variety of topics and imparts a wide range of marketable skills. Students who study History learn to not just accept what they read, how to use evidence to create and destroy arguments and study the far flung and more recent past to learn lessons for today. If you want to know how the most democratic country in Europe became the darkest dictatorship, discover why the Black Death was good for us, if you are curious about why witches were real and ever wondered who was to blame for starting the World Wars then History is for you.
Politics is a subject that both unites and divides people: unites in that the issues that are directly relevant to all our lives – like health, education, crime, war and peace, the economy – are key areas for discussion and debate and divides in that there is not always agreement on how to deal with the challenges and questions.
Politics is in essence the study of power: who has it, how it is used and, most importantly, how we control those with power so that they do not abuse it or us. Politics really matters in all our lives as it is the process by which society decides its social, economic and moral priorities.
Psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behaviour; how we think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups. What could be more interesting than the human mind? And how do we study the mind scientifically, if the instrument with which we must study it is the mind itself?
Psychology will give you the analytical tools and the methods you will need if you are serious in wanting to understand the human mind and behaviour. You may wish to help people who are distressed or troubled. You might be more interested in improving how organisations work. Or you are good at analysing evidence and using that ability to solve all manner of problems. All of these interests and more can be followed in Psychology. If you’re endlessly interested in how your mind and the minds of others actually work, then this is the subject that equips you to find out more.
The Religious Studies Department is a well-respected and ambitious department. The aim of the department is for all students to have the opportunity to achieve academically as well as to enjoy the subject and to develop their thinking skills. We want our pupils to be creative, individual and independent learners.
Pupils will study a variety of different religious concepts and ideas, from biblical study to Philosophy and Ethics. Answering questions such as ‘Who was Jesus?’, ‘Is Prayer important?’, ‘Can we learn anything from the Holocaust?’
Pupils study basic concepts such as truth and existence, and we look at how people believe they should behave and why they believe this. Currently, pupils predominately study Christianity throughout the school and study Judaism and Islam in their third year.
All pupils sit a GCSE examination in Religious Studies.