The effort put in by our teachers to upskill and digitalise the way they do their job and the enthusiasm with which that the pupil body has responded is something which I feel inspired by every day.
As our Prime Minister said, COVID-19 represents an opportunity for us as a community to ‘build back better’, a philosophy which I believe Bradfield has adopted. We have taken him at his word and have made many changes already with more yet to come.
The pandemic has shown that the education Bradfield has provided us with, and the skills which we have gained from our unique experiences, truly have prepared us for life beyond Bradfield.
The pastoral support I have received through my Housemistress and Head of Sixth Form is something which has allowed the underconfident, stressed and very disorganised Faulkner I once was to turn into the young woman I am so proud to be today.
Despite our individual achievements, we are nothing without our community.
This school has shown me there is so much more to life than the marks you come out with at the end. The opportunities which I have been afforded, both inside and outside of the classroom, have enabled me to find a passion for Human Rights and given me the confidence to face challenges which lie ahead.
During my five years at Bradfield I have learnt skills I had never even dreamed of possessing and I have experienced so much enjoyment which I never thought possible at somewhere like school.
Most importantly, I have formed relationships which I will treasure for the rest of my life. The warmth of my peers and the teachers I have been fortunate enough to work alongside is something I couldn’t have imagined finding anywhere but Bradfield. Here, the people really do make the place.
Whilst a global pandemic may have limited the use of our rolling fields, spectacular sports facilities and even our unique Greek theatre, it has not stopped us from connecting and forming closer connections with those we might not have met but for the seating plans and sitting together in Houses at mealtimes.