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Bedford Girls’ School

Boarding 7-18yrs
Type: Prep, Senior, Sixth Form
Pupil Numbers: 920
Entrance Procedure: Entry is by assessment. We run a main assessment period in January each year and then consider late assessments, dependent upon space in specific year groups, through the Summer Term. Candidates for the Junior School complete online assessments in English and Maths, and attend an activities session in the Junior School. Senior School candidates complete online assessments in English, Maths and VR and attend an interview with the Headmistress, Mrs Gemma Gibson, and the Head of Year Entry into Sixth Form is dependent upon achieving our minimum grade requirements (a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Level 9-6), an interview with the Headmistress and the Director of Sixth Form, as well as sitting a VR paper.
Fees per term: SEPTEMBER 2021 – AUGUST 2022 Junior School £10,021 per annum (£3,340 per term) Senior School £14,084 per annum (£4,695 per term) Sixth Form £14,084 per annum (£4,695 per term)

Head's Up

Our vision is to be a school that is loved; loved by our girls for the forward-looking and inspiring education they receive; loved by parents for the happy and confident girls that come home each day; by our staff for the rewarding careers we offer, and by the wider community for the positive contribution we make to society.

SNTV interview with Mrs Gemma Gibson

The inside track from a current parent

We chose Bedford Girls School because of it’s forward looking approach to education – the integration of ipads and technology into teaching and learning – without losing the core focus on educational and personal achievement. Without being a ‘hothouse’ BGS encourages every girl to challenge themselves and really fulfil their potential – regardless of whether it is in sport, music, dance, drama or education. The range of co-curricular clubs is vast – with my daughter often participating in 3-4 additional activities in day. The school instils the IB framework and educational values from the Junior School through to leaving the school at 18 – and truly lives it’s values of being Bold, Imaginative and Reflective. During the lockdown in 2020, the school were ready for remote teaching before it was needed, meaning my daughter had full-time, interactive teaching, with lessons and activities planned for PE, music ensembles and a wide range of house activity. The sense of community was maintained despite everyone being in different locations – and meant going back to school has been stress-free (for the girls at least) and simple. We couldn’t have chosen a better school for our daughter.

As parents we love...

  • The wide range of activities available to all girls – there is a co-curricular club to suit everybody – from jigsaws, to mindfulness, to sport, to radio club
  • The use of technology to enhance learning and the educational experience – this meant the school and girls easily adapted to remote learning at short notice
  • The encouragement of independence and bravery, enabling every girl to reach their full potential – there are no limits on what a BGS girl can do

As pupils we love...

  • Lunch! – there are lots of options, with specific menus for gluten free, vegan etc. and the whole school is nut-free
  • The support from their teachers and all staff to do their best in all areas – the school is well supported by an active PTA and governing body as well as visiting music, drama and dance teachers
  • The opportunity to try new things with the great friends she has made – the friendships will last her a lifetime. In senior school, she can do Duke of Edinburgh, Combined Cadet Force as well as sport, music, dance, drama and more

What makes us different

We are a vibrant forward-thinking school, where the students are always at the heart of our decision making.

The world is rapidly changing and education needs to keep pace and to continually evolve. We believe in preparing our girls for the challenges and opportunities of a volatile, uncertain world, so that she can approach all that she does with self-belief and intellectual confidence.

Underpinned by the International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy we develop with in our students the skills and attributes they need to question the status-quo and make a difference to the world around them. Technology is intricately woven into our educational model, we believe in ensuring our students have 21st Century skills and as an Apple Distinguished School we are a digitally fluent community with the ability to remain agile to changing classroom needs.

We achieve exceptional examination results but these do not solely define a Bedford Girls’ School student; it is her ability to communicate effectively, to work independently, to question and inquire, to demonstrate true empathy, and to develop creative solutions that will set our students apart in the wider world. We offer a dual stream Sixth Form with students have the choice to consider either the IB Diploma Programme or A Levels, providing them with the opportunity to select a programme that most reflects their learning styles, passions and aspirations.

We are a community built on kindness and believe success starts with a strong pastoral support, where we build partnerships with our students and give them the encouragement to step out of their comfort zones and always challenge themselves. Our co-curricular programme supports this ethos as we extend knowledge, skills and passions outside of the classrooms through outstanding sports, arts and community focused programmes; our students achieve success in all aspects of school life.

Students flourish in our care , as our excellent 2020 ISI Inspection report highlighted “Pupils make rapid progress in developing knowledge, skills and understanding as a result of the high expectation and effectively prepared teaching” adding “Pupils demonstrate an excellent level of self-understand and willingness to embrace new challenges with confidence.”

We welcome visitors to come and see our dynamic community, please contact our Admissions Team to arrange a tour admissions@bedfordgirlsschool.co.uk


We would delighted to welcome you to Bedford Girls' School, we are currently able to offer one-to-one visits, alongside our Spring and Autumn Open Events, please contact admissions@bedfordgirlsschool.co.uk for more details. Our next Open Morning event will take place on 8th October 2022 between 10am and 1pm.
Cardington Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 0BX

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Open Days:

8th October 2022 between 10am and 1pm.

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