First World War Centenary

To mark the centenary of the First World War in a respectful and thought provoking way, Bedford Girls’ School has launched a programme of activities which will run for four years, recognising the impact that the war had on our wider community and the key roles that women, in particular, played.

This page has been set up to host examples of the girls’ work and we would like to encourage members of our wider community to get involved too. 

The project started in February 2014 with a poetry recital, which was then followed by a First World War Sixth Form Conference in March. A fascinating day of lectures and discussions, four eminent speakers each offered their different perspectives of the war. 

In Year 7, girls are creating a First World War project, speaking to family and friends to build a picture of the human impact of war, and pupils have also entered a competition to design a logo to support the project.

In July, Year 9 students travelled to Ypres, Belgium to visit the many cemeteries and memorial sites. Meanwhile, Rosanna Billington (Year 11), has written a poem Why Do The Poppies Fall? which has received much commendation and been read at many regional memorial events, including the Royal British Legion County Carol Service and the Lord-Lieutenant’s Annual Service of Thanksgiving in Woburn. She also performed it at the Bedford River Festival this summer. Click here to read the poem.

Isabella Trobe (Year 10) also wrote a poem, Remember, which she read out at the Senior School Remembrance Assembly. Click here to read the poem.

The Art Department is exploring the theme of Remembrance, and students will create an installation of ceramic poppy seed heads; whilst the Drama Department has performed a play focusing on the contribution women made to the war. In December, the school is also planning to stage its own re-enactment of the famous Christmas football match of 1914. 

If you have any First World War memorabilia or family stories that you would like to share with our pupils, please email