St Bede's Catholic School And Byron Sixth Form

Rated in the Top 10 of Secondary Schools in North East

St Bede's Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form

St Bede’s Catholic school in Peterlee was the first all-girls Improtech Soccer Elite Academy. Along with St Joseph’s in Hebburn, the two schools form one of our ‘Super Academies’ where we run three squads simultaneously.

St Bede’s benefits from an Improtech Elite Academy for boys and girls, and since launching in 2018, both have seen great success at all ages.

Upon the launch of the Improtech Elite Academy for Girls, Headteacher Fran Craik said: “We are fully committed to making St Bede’s a beacon of footballing excellence in East Durham.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer girls the same level of coaching and opportunity as we are providing for the boys, with some of the most highly-qualified football coaches around giving them the sort of training you would see at professional football clubs.”

Alongside the two Elite Academies, the school also features an innovative development school for players with potential but may need a more basic level of support to progress within the game.

Rated in the Top 10 of Schools in North East, 2019

In 2020, the school was rated in the top 10 secondary schools in the North East.

Rated ‘Good by Ofsted’

St Bede’s has been rated as ‘Good by Ofsted’ click on the link to see the full report.

ESFA National champions 2020

In a proud moment for everyone involved, the St Bede’s Boys Y8 Improtech team bring home the U12 ESFA National Cup.

After a brilliant run to the final, the team won 6 – 5 on penalties after a tense game against Whitgift School (Croydon) ended in a 3 – 3 draw.

Watch the final here.


For further information about the timetable please contact Director of Football Education – Steve Golightly

Lead Coach – Colin Larkin

  • 0 Bespoke Training Sessions
  • 0 Scholars
  • 0 Professional Scholars
  • 0 UEFA A License Coaches
  • 0 UEFA B License Coaches
  • 0 Elite School Academies for Boys
  • 0 Elite School Academies for Girls
  • 0 UEFA Pro License Coaches


St Bede’s Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form, Westway, Peterlee SR8 1DE

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