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  • Bedford Girls' School
    Cardington Road
    MK42 0BX
  • Head: Gemma Gibson
  • T 01234 361900
  • F 01234 344125
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for girls aged from 7 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bedford
  • Pupils: 978; sixth formers: 185
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: £11,721 - £16,473 pa
  • Open days: Open Morning on Wednesday 8th May, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Female empowerment works its way from the top down. A strong STEM school, as all schools claim to be these days, but equal importance appears to be given to humanities and languages, despite lower take-up, which is good to see. Academically selective with all girls sitting CAT assessments. Junior school entrants also do a piece of creative writing and attend an activities session of creative arts and science; they are definitely cherry picking. Sixth form attracts international students…


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What the school says...

Bedford Girls School is a dynamic, independent school for girls aged 7 to 18. Committed to the education of girls and young women, we recognise a world of possibility in every girl and provide individuals with the tools they need to flourish.

An exceptional community, where enquiring minds are nurtured and everyone learns to be proud of their achievements, Bedford Girls School is an environment where girls excel in every subject and activity.

Academically selective we offer a broad curriculum of academic and extra-curriculum subjects, delivered by first class teachers. In our Sixth Form girls can choose between the International Baccalaureate or the A Level curriculum ensuring our pupils leave us as confident young woman equipped to take on the challenges of the waiting world.

Bedford Girls School holds regular Open House events throughout the year and parents are warmly invited to join us for private visits upon requests.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2020, Gemma Gibson, her first headship and the school’s second head. A baptism of fire joining during the pandemic and school lockdowns but seems to have settled in well. Parents like her, and she has managed to create a high profile for herself around the school despite the slow start of being stuck at home. After school reopened, ‘It was joyous to be back,’ she says, and girls and parents seem to have been delighted to return as well.

An interesting background. Started out as a lawyer, but quite quickly realised ‘it was not nourishing my soul. I am a great example to the girls as it is possible to change your mind several times before you find your niche. I am a great believer of follow your passion,...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

All girls, whatever their specific learning requirements, can expect support and guidance to enable them to achieve their best both within the classroom and beyond it. The head of learning support works full time in school. He has accumulated extensive experience of supporting children who need learning support across the whole age range. He advises and liaises with staff, sees and supports girls, screens girls for specific learning difficulties when appropriate and contacts representatives of outside agencies as required.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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