A very warm welcome back to School to all our students for the final term of this academic year as we look forward to longer and lighter evenings and, hopefully, some sunshine!
The School was anything but quiet during the holidays as we welcomed more than 300 children to our Holiday Activity Courses. Judging from the feedback and some of the photos, they certainly seemed to be having fun which is exactly as it should be. I am very firmly of the opinion that school holidays should be used to recharge the batteries, unwind, relax and have fun; and that is just as important for our senior school students, some of whom will be taking public examinations in the coming months.There were four trips during the break, three of which were overseas. For our Sixth Form students there was a great deal of activity including annual work experience in Rosas, Spain for some of our budding linguists and a trip to Paris for our A level English scholars. More than 50 of our sportsmen and women, in Years 9 -13, were involved in a rowing trip to Sabaudia in Italy where, despite training twice a day, some still found time for revision. Somewhat closer to home, some of our intrepid CCF cadets embarked on a few days of adventure training in the Lake District and, I understand, the weather was kind to them! As always, I would like to thank the staff involved for giving up their time to make these important activities so worthwhile and my thanks also to the students whose behaviour and attitude are always a credit to the School.
Finally, I am delighted that Mr Alex Tate has been appointed as Bedford Modern School’s new Headmaster and will join the School in September. Mr Tate is currently the Deputy Head at St John’s School in Leatherhead, Surrey having moved there in 2014 from Abingdon School where he ran a day and boarding house. He also has commercial experience having worked in the shipping industry for a number of years. With a degree in Modern History from Oxford University and a PGCE qualification I am confident that I am leaving BMS in very capable hands.