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Bedford School

Bedford School

De Parys Avenue, Bedford, MK40 2TU, Bedfordshire

+44 (0)1234 362216



Bedford School
School type Boys' Day & Boarding
Founded 1552
Head Master Mr James Hodgson
Date Appointed 2014
Boys Age Range 7-18 years
Number of pupils 1,121
Day fees per annum £12,333 - £19,032
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £20,919 - £31,125
Boarding fees per annum £21,948 - £32,190
Average Class Size 15-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Associations HMC,ASCL,IB,BSA

Bedford School is an independent boarding and day school that offers boys aged 7-18 a complete and balanced education. We aim to teach boys to think intelligently, act wisely and be fully engaged in a challenging and changing world.

Situated on an extensive parkland estate of 50 acres in the heart of Bedford, the school is a lively community of day boys, weekly and full boarders.

Our highly qualified teaching staff are selected on their ability to communicate and inspire. The result is a vibrant, stimulating environment, were boys can be happy, grow in self-confidence, thrive academically and make the most of the wide range of opportunities on offer. Our broad curriculum offers boys a varied choice of subjects, and our academic success is demonstrated by a long history of impressive examination results at GCSE, A level, and in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, and university entrances: in 2017 78% of boys went on to Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

In addition to our established reputation for academic excellence, we are renowned for our strengths in sport, music and the arts.

Throughout each boy's time at the school, we aim to inspire a lifelong interest in sport, promoting teamwork, wellbeing, fitness and, most of all, enjoyment. The School's sporting resources are outstanding – a floodlit twin Astroturf complex, indoor swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, playing fields, fitness centre and recreation centre combine to provide first-class facilities from which many international players have emerged.

With our state-of-the-art music school, Bedford has one of the largest music departments in the country and a high proportion of students learn to play one or more instruments. In fact many parents choose Bedford School in preference to a specialist music school to provide excellent music tuition within a strong academic environment.

Drama and theatre studies continue to thrive, and our commitment to the arts is demonstrated through our stunning 290-seat theatre, The Quarry Theatre at St Luke's, which officially opened in July 2015. Our first-rate art studios are available to everyone to explore sculpture, photography, fine art and design.

We offer an extensive and diverse programme of extracurricular activities to all boys; including the CCF (Combined Cadet Force), Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, community service, fundraising charity groups, and more than 50 other clubs and societies from astronomy to young enterprise.

Whilst committed to the benefits of single sex teaching, we also work closely with our sister school Bedford Girls' School to provide a wide ranging programme of co-educational extracurricular and social activities.

Scholarships worth up to 35% of annual school fees are available to boys who excel academically, or show outstanding talent in art, drama, music or sport. Families can also apply for additional funding through our means-tested bursary scheme.

We warmly invite you to join us at one of our open mornings or for a private visit to see the school in action, meet the boys and staff, and get a flavour of life here at Bedford School. Please contact Anna Steiger, Director of Admissions, for further information on 01234 362216 or email admissions@bedfordschool.org.uk.

Bedford School is part of The Harpur Trust. Company No. 3475202/Charity no. 1066861.