Headteacher’s Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Venerable Bede CE Academy, where it is my privilege to serve as Headteacher. 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 motto: “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 teachers, each of them will be able to develop their individual talents and fulfil their life long goals. As a product of the English Comprehensive system, I am a true advocate. I firmly believe that all children should have 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 to every child, regardless of their academic ability that spans 7 years as we have transitional opportunities with our primaries (Y6) and local colleges (Y12).

Thank you for your interest in our academy, and taking the time to visit our website. I would like to extend to you an invitation to come and look around, so that you can see first-hand the work we do at Venerable Bede CE Academy.

Best regards

David Airey