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 Assembly Talk: Three Themes
Three short items today, all of which pertain to the second half of this...
Head Master’s Assembly Talk: Class Warfare
On Friday, I was angry.  I don’t find anger a particularly endearing trait, and...
Head Master’s Assembly: Tradition
“Let us, according to our bounden duty, thankfully commemorate before Almighty God our pious...
Head Master’s Assembly: Give It A Go!
A biography from the internet: “Richard Daintree was born in Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdonshire in England,...
Head Master’s Assembly: The Future
If people had not heard of the Taylor Wessing prize before last week, there...
Head Master’s Assembly: Confirmation
Reverend Atkins last weekend announced, in a lovely understated and unassuming way, that if...
Head Master’s Assembly: Overseas Aid
Three short articles today. Little commentary from me. Just a few things to get...
Head Master’s Assembly: Cardington
The following is an extract from “I never knew that about England” by Christopher...
Head Master’s Assembly: The Caring Profession
I think sometimes we can get a bit too hung up on what we...