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Safeguarding 'Gold Award' - Anchored Schools: June 2022

The safeguarding framework at Bede Academy is robust and secures the culture of safeguarding across the academy. Safeguarding at Bede Academy is strong; there is palpable evidence of the embedded culture of safeguarding as soon as you step foot onto the academy site. It is evident that there are excellent relationships between leaders of the primary and the secondary academies and they work collaboratively, supporting each other with resources and advice. The senior leaders model the high expectations they have of their staff and the tone and culture of safeguarding is threaded through the academy’s day to day practices and systems. Safeguarding is well led and managed across the academy. The tone and culture of safeguarding is set by the senior leadership team and other key staff, including members of middle management. The policies, practices and procedures that the academy have embedded and continue to develop, secures the culture of safeguarding across the academy community. Staff and pupils appear relaxed, happy and safe. Staff and pupils modelled positive behaviours and it was evident that there is an embedded sense of belonging and mutual respect.


The academy has continued to ensure that its non-denominational Christian foundation lies at the heart of its service to its community. Consequently, its Christian underpinning is explicit and extremely well known by students and staff. It supports and drives forward developments in exemplary ways.

ACES (Association of Character Education) Kitemark Plus Award

Congratulations to you,your students, staff and governors as this award clearly recognises thequality of learning and values-driven personal development programme enjoyed by all members of your school community.The progress the school has made in the evolution and development of its Character Programme over the past 3 years is very impressive and indicates that a values-led approach is central to the Academy’s obvious success.

In January 2022 we  received the ‘School of Sanctuary’ Award and as a result have ‘School of Sanctuary’ status. This means we have now joined a network of schools across the UK who play an active role in supporting young people who are seeking sanctuary in the UK, creating a culture of welcome and inclusion whilst raising awareness of the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers. It also recognised Bede Academy as a place that seeks to educate the whole school community about the human right to sanctuary and takes practical steps to offer this. The academy also seeks to build empathy and intercultural awareness through promoting the voices and contributions of people seeking sanctuary, encourages understanding and helps combat stereotypes. All of this is summed up in Jesus’ commandment to ‘love your neighbour’ as we live out our Christian Ethos and it helps us demonstrate that we want all members of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation to be ‘valued, challenged and inspired’.

We are delighted to inform you that your setting has been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award. Congratulations!


Your Statement of Commitment and Statement of Impact have been assessed and we’re pleased to share this feedback from our assessors with you:


‘It is impressive that, despite the inevitable difficulties created by the pandemic, you have developed your arts provision and pedagogy. Your association with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation is set to make a significant wider contribution and it would have been very interesting to read more about how photography and visual arts are used to support creative writing. Your integration of the art and engineering departments into a single faculty sounds fascinating and it would be very helpful to know more about how this works and to see evidence of the impact of this on outcomes for students. You have sought to embed creativity in the primary curriculum, and it would have been good to see examples of how this has been implemented as, overall, we are told little about the Arts for your younger students. It would be helpful to know more about levels of pupil engagement. What proportion of your students take an arts-based qualification, at GCSE and A level? What proportions are involved in extra-curricular activities? How do you monitor the engagement of your Pupil Premium pupils? At secondary level, you have recognised the importance of student voice and it is good to see that this has helped to shape curriculum planning. Are you also using Arts Awards, as planned? And how can you give all students, younger and older, further responsibility for the planning and delivery of authentic arts experiences? You have used your partnerships with Arts organisations well to provide CPD for staff and it is excellent that you are now the lead partner for the Paul Hamlyn project across the North-East. Your plans for the future are impressive. Embedding photography as an art strand through all primary years will, hopefully, be captured in a case study that will detail the measurable effects of this exciting initiative. Introducing Drama as a KS3 subject and a GCSE option in due course will continue your expansion of available arts qualifications. Embedding your recent initiatives with galleries, higher education and museums will ensure sustainability of such projects. Exploring artists from different ethnic backgrounds and using the arts as a vehicle to explore issues such as disability and gender identity will strengthen your community. All of the above will find you well-placed to fulfil your mission to advocate for the arts, influencing opinion and making a difference more widely. The more that you can capture examples of how you have developed and evidence the impact on your own pupils’ learning and lives across the age groups, the stronger your advocacy will be as you offer leadership to other schools within and beyond your Foundation. The next phase of your Artsmark journey promises to be very exciting and we look forward to hearing about it!’


Congratulations on your Artsmark Gold Award!


Your award is valid for two years and will expire on 11/01/2024

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