Bedford School is probably unusual as a Senior Public School in that (in addition to a weekly Chapel service) the Head Master holds two full school assemblies in the Great Hall each week. Each Monday there is a talk from the Head Master and then a talk from another member of the community (often a staff member, but sometimes a current pupil or old boy or indeed visitor) on Friday.

The aim of these assembly talks is to get boys to think, but the talks also encourage groundedness and a sense of gratitude for what they have.  Topics are regularly values-based (not only our four core values of integrity, responsibility, endeavour and curiosity; but also kindness, empathy and the ‘old-fashioned’ values of duty and respect).  However, speakers also draw on current affairs, ethical issues, our sense of shared history and (as part of our wider UK educational duty) ‘fundamental British values’.  We hope these assemblies convey an idea of Head Master’s own values and interests, whilst also providing something of a record of weekly affairs in the school and the wider world.

Head Master’s Final Assembly
Welcome, boys, to the final assembly for one of the most extraordinary terms in...
Head Master’s Assembly: Responsibility
The appalling murder of Sarah Everard, whose body was found last week, has led...
Head Master’s Assembly: The Arts
“Britain’s arts industry is suffering a sudden and violent death”; thus ran a headline...
Head Master’s Assembly: Personal Responsiblity
Are you keen on making your own decisions, or would you rather somebody else...
Head Master’s Assembly: Coping with Uncertainty
Dear boys, I am so sorry that we have had to start term with such...
Head Master’s Final Assembly
Good morning boys, and welcome to final assembly. Before I start today, just a...
Head Master’s Assembly: Motivation
Three connected stories. In 2009, just after the financial world had collapsed, and shortly after...
Head Master’s Assembly: Manners Makyth Man
There was a small moment last week that has stuck with me. I walked...
Head Master’s Assembly: Letters
Over half-term, I read a book called Written in History, by one of my...