SCHOOL VALUES, ETHOS, VISION & SPIRIT
At Bedford, we have high expectations, which are set in a creative and caring context. We believe in a culture of achievement because we know that exam success is important to everyone. Equally important to us are the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our students.
- To Care.
- To Learn.
- To Achieve.
Our School Ethos and Vision
We relentlessly strive to help our students to discover, develop and demonstrate their potential. This is our core purpose. Our aim is for every 16-year-old student to leave us as a rounded individual, who feels excited about the opportunities the world has to offer and is equipped with the qualities, virtues, skills and knowledge to be happy and excel in life.
We achieve this by putting staff first. This means we develop, nurture and retain a high-quality workforce, where there is a high-quality teacher in every classroom delivering high-quality lessons every hour, every day.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development at Bedford High School.
We will encourage and support all our students in their journey:
- To realise their full potential.
- To have the highest expectations for their future.
- To enjoy a fulfilling life.
- To share an ethos of respect for themselves and others.
We will achieve this through our wide, varied and personalised curriculum and the extensive provision of extra-curricular events and enrichment activities on offer to our students.
Bedford High School and its governors promote standards of behaviour based on the basic principles of honesty, respect, consideration and responsibility for self and others.
To enable a clear, consistent and agreed approach towards successful behaviour management, all students have the responsibility to ensure that they understand the rules, behave appropriately and fully understand the consequences and rewards resulting from the decisions and actions they take.
Positive achievement is encouraged at all times with a whole range of rewards to recognise effort and achievement.
To support the School’s vision of ‘enhancing the life chances of all learners’ we expect students to follow a learning code based on the basic principles of honesty, respect, consideration and responsibility for self and others. Additionally, we believe it is vital to equip students with an enterprising mindset to aid their success in a rapidly changing world.
The Bedford SPIRIT
S We STRIVE for excellence. We want the best for ourselves and our futures and work hard to get it. We learn well, dream big and have ambition. We play the long game and aspire to do well. Our horizons are wide, and we are excited to explore.
P We PERSEVERE, when the going gets difficult. We solve problems and have a ‘can do’ attitude. We focus and reflect on ourselves as learners to make progress. We manage our workloads at home and complete homework to a good standard. We value being mentally tough and resilient and can draw upon inner strength when we are being challenged.
I INTEGRITY is important to us. Forming our own ideas and being honest about ourselves and having the confidence to do what is right. We see our school as democratic and trust the rule of law. We listen carefully to other opinions and decide for ourselves.
R We show mutual RESPECT and care, including to other people or ideas we don’t agree with. We greet others and smile to show that we value all individuals at our school. We respect the teacher’s right to teach and a learner’s right to learn. We are tactful and think before we act. We wear the uniform with pride and attend every day and show good time-keeping.
I We are INDEPENDENT, influenced by the good and have the strength of character to resist the bad. We self-start and motivate ourselves. We respect individual liberty and others’ freedom. When we achieve, we have made that happen ourselves.
T We show TOLERANCE and kindness towards others. We tolerate those of different faiths and beliefs. Understanding difference and celebrating diversity is important to us. and what makes our school unique. We empathise with others and have a positive influence on those around us.
Bullying is always taken seriously and will not be tolerated from any member of Bedford High School (see anti-bullying policy).