Bedford High School (England)

Bedford High School (England)

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Bedford High School for Girls is an independent school for pupils aged 11 to 18 in Bedford, England. It is one of five schools run by the Harpur Trust. It still stands on its original site in Harpur ward, near the centre of Bedford. In September 2010 the junior department of the school merged with the junior department of Dame Alice Harpur School. In September 2011-September 2012 the senior schools will also merge, the new school is known as Bedford Girls' School.


The school was opened on May 8, 1882. It was built on the site of former Harpur Trust cottage almshouses. There were 43 girls on that first day:<blockquote>"The young ones with hair in pigtails, wearing pinafores, the elder ones with their hair up, wearing skirts down to the ankles. It was not a uniform as such, but with the strict code of respectability they made a fairly uniform impression. Boaters and gloves were worn in town. They never spoke a word inside the building unless spoken to by staff."</blockquote>

It was the pioneering time of education for girls, and under the early headmistresses Miss Belcher, Miss Collier, Miss Tanner and Dr Westaway the school expanded enormously, encroaching more and more on houses of Adelaide Square and The Crescent, but this was never allowed to intrude on the view of the fine Victorian architecture of the main building which can still be admired from Bromham Road. The original school at first housed both the "High and Modern School for...
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