Bideford College is a successful school where young people are valued, encouraged to take part and to achieve their best. Our facilities are second to none, the main building and teaching spaces having opened in September 2010. The new external sports facilities and the Kingsley building which is our Sixth Form base and fitness centre opened a year later in September 2011.
We are proud of what we have achieved during the new build process to ensure that the standard of teaching and learning matches the quality of the buildings.
The 2012 examination season saw the highest ever results at both GCSE and A level for the College with GCSE results above the target set for us by Devon Education. This takes account of the ability of students taking the examinations. These are exceptional achievements and are testament to the quality of teaching and learning that is taking place at the College as well as to the commitment of both staff and students. Our students tell us that they enjoy being here and the way in which they learn and that they feel supported in making progress.
The curriculum is varied and helps every student to develop their interests and skills. The extra curricular programme encourages involvement and engagement - with well over 50 different clubs and activities taking place either at lunchtime, after school, at weekends or in the holiday periods - there is a wealth of choice.
Students are elected by their peers to become members of the Year and College councils where they make genuine decisions about important issues for students.
Parents say that they like what we do and the way we go about our work. The newly formed 'Friends of Bideford College' involves parents, staff and members of the community who want to support the College. They are growing in number and deserve to be congratulated on all that they have achieved in their first year.
We are a specialist Science College – please look at this area on our website to see what we have done to stimulate Science working. There have been a number of key events where students have worked alongside individuals and community groups to broaden their knowledge of science and, in particular, of environmental issues.
The vision for the future of our College is clear. We want every individual, regardless of their ability, interest or need to achieve their potential and to grow into responsible young adults. Some of our students have talents in sports, others in arts, some in sciences, some in languages. There will be individuals who want to debate issues or to take responsibility for others, to be leaders or to work within a team. I see it as our purpose to work closely with parents and carers to give students as many opportunities as we can both within and beyond the classroom, to find out where their talents lie and to develop them as a result of both experience and challenge.
We believe in having a very close working partnership between students, parents/carers and staff. I am confident that we can involve each parent/carer in their son's/daughter's education so that any anxieties that may exist can be addressed quickly. Our size can be an issue for some parents/carers but each Tutor should know an individual student very well and will be able to support and encourage them in their learning just as well as they would be able to in smaller schools. The advantages of size are significant and because of the economies of scale we can provide a much wider range of courses throughout Years 7-13. Our inclusion curriculum and the broad range of AS and A levels in the Sixth Form and a vast array of extra curricular activities effectively illustrate this point.
We have high expectations of ourselves and of our students. Responsibility and self-discipline are valued. Every student is encouraged to wear their College uniform with pride and to recognise that the future reputation of the College is in our hands – whatever we do or say, both in and out of College.
Thank you, again, for visiting the website. Feel free to browse and to contact either myself or other colleagues if you require any further information about the College.