School’s out for Saturday

by Webmaster, 16th December 2020

Pupils at Bedstone College now have the weekends to enjoy after the school breaks with the traditional Saturday lessons

Following consultation with parents, staff and pupils, the change will happen from the 1st September 2021. Head of Bedstone, Wendy Martin has received positive feedback from many parents seeking more family time at weekends. Work is now in progress to ensure that academic provision and rigour is not compromised by the change, alongside the development of a non-compulsory enrichment programme to deliver a breadth of new experiences for students who wish to take part. 

Wendy Martin joined the 72 year old school as the first female head in April 2019, with varied and high reaching ambitions for the school. Whilst maintaining the established and well-loved family environment that sets Bedstone apart, there has been increased focus to move the school forwards in response to educational developments, including advancements in the use of technology, more extra-curricular activities that develop the students as individuals and continuing the academically rigorous teaching and learning. 

Investments in technology ensured that the school continued to deliver an uninterrupted curriculum of education throughout the unprecedented challenges of pandemic impact and lockdowns, as well as producing Virtual Event Experiences, including Open Days, accessible via the school’s website, enabling prospective and current parents to take a tour of the rural campus, as well as view activities such as music competitions and sixth form evenings. 

Mrs Martin believes that it is beyond the classroom that a student’s character is really developed, and there are so many interests that can be pursued, some of which will become lifelong passions. These include activities such as horse-riding, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, drama, mountain biking, photography, country pursuits, Woodland Wanderers and learning from experts such as Luke Mammatt of Wye Valley Falconry.

This commitment to excellence has resulted in the school recently being awarded Corporate Vision’s ‘Best Day & Boarding School – Midlands’ in the 2020 Education & Training Awards, and the school has worked to maintain this level by making all necessary arrangements to comply with COVID-19 guidance for this term, including making physical changes to the learning environment as required.

The Boarding Schools Association (BSA), of which Bedstone is a member, has published a COVID-Safe Charter, and the school has adopted the Charter and worked to ensure safe and robust policies are in place to safeguard all boarders.

Bedstone is also recommended by CReSTeD (The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils) as a Learning Support Centre school, one of just 28 nationwide. It is very much in the ethos of Bedstone that Learning Support should be accessible to all students, regardless of ability or attainment. 

Mrs Martin aims for students to leave Bedstone prepared to thrive in the 21st century, resilient, adaptable and having had a huge variety of experiences that inspire them to continue to try new things beyond their formal education. Bedstone achieves this through focusing not just on the academic side of education but through the profoundly important three afternoons of sport and extra-curricular activities which students enjoy every week. These activities promote health, fitness, well-being and confidence as well as the opportunity to work as a team and learn about respect for self and others.

Bedstone is a co-educational day and boarding school committed to supporting every pupil to be the best they can be, and the school’s commitment to tailored learning and all-round education is at the forefront of what is provided, at all times.

Bedstone’s doors are open to new registrations and prospective parents can contact the Admissions Team at admissions@bedstone.org or call 01547 530961.

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