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Ethos and Values

We provide an environment where girls feel safe to assert their own opinions and have a high level of self respect, as well as being respectful of and kind to others. We encourage their assertiveness and their resilience as well as their confidence to ask for support when necessary. Girls are encouraged to reflect on their personal qualities and achievements, and to work towards their achievements; these should mirror the best of each individual’s potential.


When we started to discuss the values that would represent Bedford Girls’ School we asked ourselves what three to five words might capture the essence of our ambitions and underpin everything we do.

After widespread consultation with pupils, staff, parents, governors and alumnae we came to a very simple ethos.

We want our school community and the experience of those within it to be:




As we embrace these values we hope they will encourage us to challenge ourselves, be prepared to take risks, think creatively and ultimately reflect upon the outcome of our actions and learn from them. And in time as these values become embedded in the heart of our school life they will drive us to achieve our vision and prepare our girls for their future.