Tis the season of Open Mornings! Schools across the country, over the next few weeks, are opening their doors to prospective parents. Last Saturday I attended Bedford School’s Open Morning and this weekend it is with great pleasure that we will be holding the first Open Morning of the school year at Bedford Girls’ School.
Open Mornings are an important time for a school and for parents and pupils. It is a time for prospective parents to get a real sense of the school and a feel of what it would be like if their daughter were a part of it.
At Bedford Girls’ School we run our open morning slightly differently from many schools. We want to give the girls a real experience of what it is like to be a pupil here: how it feels to be part of a lesson in our classrooms, interacting with other girls and having an opportunity to meet the teachers, just as they would while studying here. We set them off, with specially chosen guides, on a treasure hunt round the school where they visit different departments and classrooms and have to engage in a series of special activities to solve a puzzle and claim their prize. As well as being a terrific experience for visiting girls, this is also of real benefit to our existing pupils. They are able to feel pride in sharing their knowledge of the school and respond very positively towards showcasing their environment to our guests.
Whilst the girls are taking part in a treasure hunt, we take the opportunity to speak to the parents and give them a sense of the educational practices we adopt at BGS. I am very conscious that our fresh, bold model of teaching and learning differs greatly to what most parents experienced when they went to school and it is a pleasure to share with parents what is going on in the classrooms and why we embrace these new approaches.
Choosing the right school for your daughter is immensely important. The decision is based on as many tangible as intangible factors. For us, bringing those factors together in one morning and sharing them openly and with pride is what our open events are all about. I have been lucky enough to catch a sneak preview of our Head Girl’s speech for this coming Saturday and I feel she sums this up very well when she says: “You can measure the length of the swimming pool, and of course you can look at the examination results, and you’ll look at which languages are taught and not taught, and there will be important factors in there. But the most important thing of all is how you feel as you walk in the door, and how you feel as you walk out.”
I hope that when you walk through our door you feel the warmth and spirit that is Bedford Girls’ School. I know that when you leave, you will do so with a true flavor of what it means to be part of our school community and assured that there is a place within it for you and your daughter.