LQ is just one of the qualities displayed by Bradfield pupils over the last year. Combined with their hard work, their digital intelligence, or DQ, and their IQ it has led to some very strong performances in assessments this term. At the end of a year when, like their pupils, our teachers have had to adapt to online education and constantly changing exam arrangements, I express my thanks to them for their remarkable professionalism, skill and care for their charges.
In other fields, Arion (G) and Herbie (C) have won places on junior courses at the Royal College of Music, the Senior boys’ tennis team won the Independent Schools League playing against some of the top schools in the country, Issy (I) climbed Everest twice at home for charity and had a Cortical Stimulator at Southampton University named after her, Tina (J) was named Berkshire LTA Young Person of the Year, Katherine (I) once more played The Last Post sublimely at a moving Remembrance Day service, the Under 15 cricket team won the County Championship, Megan (J) and Maddie (M) played in Welsh hockey teams and Tommy (F) was selected for the England Under 16 squad, Faulkner’s had a busy 24 hour challenge to raise money for Head for Change, Annabel (J), Max (F) and Matthew (E) were selected for the UK Rifle Team, Savannah (M) raised money and awareness about mental health with her Semicolon Project, our show jumpers qualified for Hickstead, the Christmas Radio Plays were featured on local radio, four OBs have been playing county cricket and recent leaver Angus Flanagan (H 12-17) played in the Walker Cup for the Great Britain and Ireland golf team.
Meanwhile, our pupils’ GQ – their understanding of the responsibilities of global citizenship – has never been more in evidence. The murders of George Floyd and Sarah Everard, the Black Lives Matter movement and the Everyone’s Invited website have asked important questions of us all. Our pupils and staff have responded purposefully and sensitively in the knowledge that there is much for us all to learn and this moment of opportunity for change must be grasped.
This year’s leavers have sought to build on the strategy of their predecessors, notably in the fields of equality and sustainability. They aim to ‘be the change we want to see’ and their activism has found tangible expression in several areas such as the continuation of the Leavers’ Wood project and new recycling arrangements. A focus on equality, diversity and inclusion has underpinned many talks this year. An assembly on gender equality led by the Lower Sixth came at the end of a year which has seen senior pupils setting a great example. Naomi (K) led the way, championing Black History Month with the energy which has seen her contribute in so many fields from drama to book club to CCF.
On another occasion, James (D) and Chloe (J), both multitalented all-rounders, starred in a video alongside all the JCR members, sharing their vulnerabilities to help other pupils understand it’s ok not to be ok, even if you are a deeply impressive Head of School, like Chloe and James have been this year. To them, their fellow Prefects and the Heads of House, I offer sincere thanks for their leadership of the pupil body.