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Polam School

Polam School

45 Lansdowne Road, Bedford, MK40 2BU, Bedfordshire

01234 261864



Polam School
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1923
Head Darren O'Neil
Co-ed Age Range 1-9
Number of pupils 110
Day fees per annum £9,465
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:11 (Nursery 1:3, 1:4 & 1:8)
Associations Cognita

Polam School is a small, caring and happy independent school for children aged 12 months to 9 years. Occupying two large Victorian houses on a leafy avenue in the heart of Bedford, we provide a unique home from home learning environment where every child is known by every member of staff.

In our Nursery the baby and toddler rooms provide the perfect environment in which to gently prepare your child for life in school. Our well-equipped and comfortable nursery is a fully integrated part of our school, which gives your child the opportunity to benefit from the extensive range of facilities and specialist teaching which includes modern languages, music and PE, and our small classes ensure that he or she receives personal attention at all times.

As the children approach school age we encourage them to become more independent and self-reliant. In our Early Years classes the children follow a curriculum that includes a focus on early literacy, including phonics, and early maths work. While the emphasis is still on learning through play, the children do embark on a more structured programme with languages, music, PE and swimming all forming a part of the weekly timetable.

In Years 1 and 2 the children continue their learning journey accessing a more structured curriculum with their skills, knowledge and understanding further developed across the full range of subjects. School productions, assemblies and public performances help to develop the children’s creativity and imagination, and we offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities and clubs throughout the year.

Polam has an excellent pass rate for children who take entrance exams during Year 2 and we work closely with parents, advising on which school to apply to and providing support every step of the way. We enjoy very strong links with all the independent schools in Bedford and our children attend a number of introduction events and activities throughout the year.

Not all children are ready socially, emotionally or academically to move on to larger transition schools at the age of 7 so our small Year 3 and Year 4 classes provide the perfect opportunity for children to increase their self-esteem and confidence in readiness for this next step and to sit entrance exams at the age of 9.

Our team of highly qualified and experienced swimming staff teach the children in small groups on a weekly basis in our own pool. We also provide one of the town’s premier swim schools with a variety of lessons taking place each week, including antenatal, baby and toddler, squad swimming, intensive holiday courses and adult beginners.

Extended care is available 48 weeks of the year, with a breakfast club from 7.30am and an after-school club which runs until 6pm. All meals are freshly prepared on site by our own catering team.

Polam Holiday Club is open to all children aged 3-11 and offers an impressive range of activities making full use of the superb facilities on site, which include our fully-equipped Sports Hall and indoor heated swimming pool.

We hold a number of Open Day events throughout the year but private tours of the school are available at any time by request. For more information, to order a prospectus or to book a tour of the school please contact Admissions on 01234 261864 or email admissions@polamschool.co.uk