Teaching and Learning
We pride ourselves on the outstanding teaching and learning that takes place in our classrooms. Underpinned by the International Baccalaureate philosophy on education, our lessons are innovative and engaging, encouraging and challenging the girls to think, create and reflect. Our pupils take pleasure in their learning, are mutually supportive and applaud success. Pupils are on task academically and quickly develop an intellectual curiosity, the courage to challenge and a love of learning.
We believe that lessons are best when the girls are actively involved in a dynamic process of thinking and discovering understanding for themselves. Girls thrive as independent learners. We are committed to employing the best methods to support the specific learning styles of girls. In our classrooms, you will see teachers blending the best of the traditional teaching techniques that are stimulating and appropriate, with new teaching strategies and innovative methods to enhance our girls’ learning.
Our teachers are highly qualified subject specialists who work together to convey their knowledge and passion to the girls. Each department is ably led by their Head of Department who has high expectations of their team, drawing the department together on a regular basis to review the curriculum, monitor progress and develop new teaching and learning techniques. We have a professional development and planning programme to ensure that teaching is up to date and our Horizon Hour encourages staff to remain continuous learners. Our biennial review of departments and sharing of good practice helps to ensure consistently high standards are maintained across all departments.
Lessons are 60 minutes in length and are arranged across a two-week timetable cycle chosen to accommodate our broad curriculum, and provide flexible subject choice to tailor the needs of individual learners. All lessons take place in well-furnished classrooms equipped with a wide range of teaching resources. Every teacher and pupil has an iPad and technology is integrated into the ways we teach and learn. We also have a number of specialist teaching facilities, including 12 laboratories, ICT suites, a large music centre with music technology studios, radio station, beautiful modern dance and drama studios; a learning resources centre, as well as an impressive art, textiles and design wing.
Learning is not limited to the classroom and our impressive sports facilities at both our Cardington Road campus and our Cople Fields sports site provide wonderful space to nurture sporting expertise.
The quality of teaching and learning however, is not dependent on facilities. The quality of learning at Bedford Girls’ School is testament to the expertise, dynamism and commitment of our staff and their ability to tailor their teaching to the knowledge, aptitudes and learning styles of individual girls.