About Bede’s

Bede's School

Bede’s is a co-educational independent school for 13 to 18-year-olds. Bede’s School is set in 140 beautiful acres of the Sussex Downs and is situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Scientific Interest. Bede’s currently has over 300 students boarding at one of the 5 stunning boarding houses, which were recognised by the Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2013 for their Outstanding Design and Innovation.

Bede’s is a place where every pupil is truly treated as an individual and where they enrich young people in a holistic way – not only for success in the material sense but in ways which enable them to flourish meaningfully, as rounded human beings. Bede’s encourages every individual to find and develop their passions, seek new horizons, develop lasting friendships and achieve their potential.

Boarding at Bede’s School

With award-winning boarding houses and peerless Co-Curricular opportunities, exceptional school caterers and an action-packed Weekend Programme, Bede’s School pride themselves on offering a ‘better than home’ experience.

With campus-wide high-speed internet, facilities including a Fitness Suite, Golf Course and Swimming Pool and rolling calendar of House Events, life for boarders at Bede’s is action-packed!


Type of School Co-educational
School Address Bede's School, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QH
Number of Pupils 1100
Pupils Prep 271
Number of Boarders 363
International Boarders 168
Age Range Senior School 13 to 18 years; Prep and Pre-Prep 4 to 12 years.
Religious Tradition Non-denominational
Distance from Airports

Gatwick – 33 miles; Heathrow – 75 miles

Distance from London

50 miles.

School Links

Bede’s Senior School – Upper Dicker; Bede’s Prep School – Eastbourne.

Educational Programmes

GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs.

Co-Curricular Programmes

The facilities at Bede’s Senior School are outstanding. There is a multi-purpose hall which houses a large sports hall, squash courts and national size swimming pool. Outside boasts an Olympic standard Hockey pitch, multi-use games area, tennis courts, cricket and football pitches. Sport is taken seriously with a particular focus on football.

There is a wide-range of activities on offer and all pupils are involved three afternoons a week. Art is also strong with top notch facilities and worked produced is typically of a very high standard. Inside the studios, pupils are able to take part in ceramics, fine art, photography, graphics, textiles, design technology, sculpting and pottery. Music is an important part of life at the school.

The musical diary is full of recitals and performances for the choir, jazz band and orchestras. Music is accessible for all, regardless of ability. Drama is also a vibrant part of each child’s life, either as performers, stage crew or audience. Performances are given each year to a very professional standard.

Academies Offered

Cricket, Tennis, Football and Hockey Academies. Legat School of Contemporary Dance and Ballet.