Head of School’s Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Venerable Bede CE Academy, where it is my privilege to serve as Head of School. We are a popular and oversubscribed secondary school serving our local community. We sit on the border of Ryhope, Silksworth and Doxford Wards in Sunderland, but we have pupils who attend our school from across the City and beyond. It is our goal to provide an inclusive education, within the context of our local community, in which the rights of everyone are respected, regardless of personal beliefs. We are proud to be a school at the heart of our community.

We are a medium-sized secondary school, built to accommodate 900 pupils. Our fundamental aim is to equip our pupils with the qualifications and skills which they will need to take their place in a modern British society. We hope that we play our part in helping our pupils understand how to live “Life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). Our mission statement is “To create a stimulating, secure and caring environment within which all members of our community will realise their potential in the light of the Christian Gospel. ” This is embodied in our school vision: “Soar to the Heights Together”.

We want all of our pupils to reach their full potential. For each of our pupils we hope that with the guidance and support of their families and our Venerable Bede community, each of them will be able to develop their individual talents and fulfil their life-long goals. I firmly believe that all children should have an equal chance of success. It should be our goal in schools to enable all pupils to thrive, instilling in them a thirst for knowledge, and enabling them to understand how they play their part in unlocking their potential. Every child deserves the right to a broad and balanced curriculum. At Venerable Bede Academy, we offer a DEEP curriculum that enables every child to develop a love of learning, engage in a wide range of opportunities, encourage themselves and others to be aspirational and to practise equality of opportunity.

Thank you for your interest in our academy, and for taking the time to visit our website. 

Kind regards




Mrs T Burgess
Head of School