Welcome to St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron Sixth Form College

Published: 4th January 2021

After a number of years working in close partnership, we are thrilled to announce that on 1st January 2021, St. Bede’s Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form College, officially joined Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust (BCCET). Their academisation means that all five secondary schools identified by the Diocese to join BCCET are now part of the trust.

In addition, as of 1st January, Francesca Craik who was Acting Headteacher at St. Bede’s, began her role as Acting Executive Headteacher of St. Bede’s and St. Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields. Mrs Craik has also been appointed as permanent Headteacher at St. Wilfrid’s. Frances Cessford, an Assistant Headteacher at St. Bede’s, has been appointed Acting Head of School at St. Bede’s and Denise Ritchie, a Deputy Head at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, will return to St. Wilfrid’s where she taught for many years, as Head of School.

BCCET now comprises thirteen schools in total, with more working towards joining us later this term.