Boys from across the Upper School enjoyed a myriad of exciting sessions on some extremely important topics as part of their first Citizenship Morning of the year.

Fourth Form boys spent the morning enjoying taster sessions; sampling the vast array of extra-curricular activities we have on offer at Bedford School. Boys were encouraged to try things that they were not familiar with, including one sport. Squash, art, debating, ecology club, Mandarin and rifle club were just a few of the sessions on offer.

In small groups and with experienced teachers, Remove Form boys examined the consequences of alcohol use and legal highs, and then talked through the different ways to stay safe online.

Fifth Form boys were given a session on ‘Informed Consent’, followed by small group discussions about cyber safety issues and online presence to help them use social media and other online tools responsibly.

The Lower Sixth spent the morning with our Academic Year Head for the Sixth Form, Mrs Smith, where they looked at Sixth Form study skills with ‘Elevate’, a company widely used in schools to help pupils with the workload they now face. This was followed with a session on ‘Digital Presence’, delivered by Dr Wallace.

Our Upper Sixth spent some time with the school’s careers team, focusing on their plans beyond school, and on getting organised in order to divide their time between academic work and extra-curricular commitments successfully. They then listened to Peter Hall, a drug and alcohol awareness motivational speaker, who spoke about his own experience in a hard-hitting session called ‘Wasted Youth’.

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