St Bede’s Catholic Infant School
Thornton Road, London SW12 0LF
Thornton Road, London SW12 0LF
St Bede’s Catholic school is a small, happy, thriving and inclusive two form entry Infant and Nursery school (200 on roll), with a strong Catholic ethos and sense of community. The life of our school is centred on our Catholic Faith in which we proclaim the Gospel values of love, peace and justice that influence all our activities and relationships. As an outstanding RE provider, our school is ‘’clearly an excellent school, focussed on challenge in a drive to maximise pupils’ outcomes in every aspect of its Catholic life. It provides a warm, nurturing and very caring environment for pupils in which they develop and learn.’’ (Section 48, 2015) The strong Catholic ethos of the school reflects the teachings of Christ and there is a positive culture within the school Catholic community amongst staff, governors, pupils and parents.
The whole school community shows respect, tolerance and forgiveness to others. Children are taught that everyone is an individual and that each person is valued as a special child of God. These are summarised by our Core Values: We are Respectful, We are Responsible, We are Resilient, We are Resourceful, Everyone Matters!
Pupils say that they enjoy being part of the school’s community. ‘‘Many nationalities are represented. Pupils are happy to come to school and be with their friends.’’ (Ofsted 2017)
The school has been in a hard federation since 2017 with St Bernadette Catholic Junior School, on Atkins Road, and most of our Year 2 children transfer there at the end of key stage 1.
At St Bede’s, the children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding by engaging in our broad and creative International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning by making all learning exciting, active and meaningful for the children.
Leaders are extremely ambitious for the school and individual pupils and this is borne out in our end of key stage results, which are at or above Lambeth and National averages in Reading, Writing and Maths, both in the Early Years and at Key Stage 1.
In our most recent Ofsted inspection, the extent to which pupils feel safe, pupils’ behaviour and the extent of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development were all judged to be outstanding. ‘‘Pupils behave very well in lessons and around the school. They are friendly and polite, reflecting the school’s core values.’’ (Ofsted October 2017)
Much of our success is due to our hard-working and highly committed staff and the strong working relationship we have with our supportive parents and carers, our Junior school, our Parish and outside agencies.
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming your children to our St Bede’s community!
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