Bedford School

Bedfordshire
Boys (7 - 18)
Day
Weekly Boarding
Full Boarding
Bedford School

“At Bedford School, we seek to raise good people first and foremost; and then to allow them to flourish as academics, as sportsmen, as artists and above all as themselves, in a supportive and ambitious atmosphere.” Dedicated to nurturing a wide variety of individual interests and to developing them as far as boys can take them, the school is devoted to ensuring the boys love their childhood. They aim, for balanced, outward-looking, forward-thinking, kind and sociable young men who are comfortable in their own skins. In this all-boys environment, boys can develop without inhibition and awkwardness, and feel able and keen to participate to the fullest.

About the school

Boarding lies at the heart of the school’s warm and inclusive community. In the Prep School, Eagle House caters for the youngest boarders (aged 7-13), while six Victorian villas, each with a character of its own, offer Upper School boys a true ‘home from home’. Day and boarding houses are paired, and participate jointly in house activities and competitions, ranging from singing to water-polo; adding to the camaraderie and sense of community that so many visitors comment on and admire.

All boys are able to take a full and active part in the opportunities that this large and thriving boarding school offers. From their earliest years, boys are encouraged to become independent and lifelong learners, who understand the need to work hard, to take risks, be resilient and constantly strive to be the best that they can be. With a curriculum that extends well beyond national requirements, boys enjoy a balanced and varied choice of subjects. Academic success is demonstrated by a long history of impressive examination results at GCSE, A-level and in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. In 2020, 87% of boys went on to Russell Group and/or Times Top 30 universities, with many more taking up places at leading universities across the world and on degree apprenticeships.

Beyond the classroom, the school’s diverse programme of extracurricular activities includes the CCF (Combined Cadet Force) conducted at Bedford School in conjunction with Bedford Girls’ School, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, fundraising groups, and more than 120 clubs and societies, from astronomy to Young Enterprise. The school’s Community Partnership Programme in the Sixth Form, ensures that all boys, wherever in the world they are from, play a meaningful part in the local community while they are at the school. Boys engage in local partnerships, learning to become responsible citizens, helpful to the community in which they live.

Recognised as an outstanding school for sport, Bedford School aims to inspire a lifelong interest in sport in all boys, promoting teamwork, wellbeing, fitness and, most of all, enjoyment. Bedford School also has a long-established reputation for excellence in music, drama and art. With its state-of-the-art music school, it has one of the largest music departments in the country and a high proportion of boys learn to play one or more instruments. Drama and theatre studies thrive in the school’s stunning Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s and first-rate art studios are available to everyone to explore sculpture, print-making, photography, fine art and design. 

Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 218 (7 to 18)
  • Total Pupils: 1104 (275 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £4394 to £6780/term
  • Boarding Fees: £7452 to £11466/term

Open Days

While we cannot welcome visitors to the school at present, we warmly invite you to take a virtual tour of the Upper School with the Head Master, James Hodgson.

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Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees

Scholarships are awarded in five major categories to current boys and external candidates as they enter Year 9 (13+), and to external candidates only in Year 12 (16+).

Scholarship categories

Any additional funding required over and above the school's generous scholarships is awarded on a means-tested basis through their Bursary scheme. Awards up to 100% of school fees are possible.


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Admissions Process

The entrance procedure for both the Prep School and Upper School is held during the spring term. We are able to consider assessing boys for entry to the school at any stage of the year, provided that we have places available. However, we are unable to award scholarships or bursaries outside of the stated timeframe.

Prep School (Year 3 - Year 8)

All boys who are seeking entry into the Prep School are assessed in English, maths and underlying ability. We will also request a confidential reference from the Headteacher of your son’s current school, which is taken into account.

Year 9 (13+)

Candidates applying to the Upper School are required to sit ‘The Bedford School Aptitude Test' (BSAT) which will provide the school with information on a boy’s underlying ability and potential. It is not a test of knowledge but is designed to identify a boy’s intelligence, processing capacity and working memory. The test is taken online at the school.

We also have additional tests to examine candidates' foundational knowledge in the key subject areas of mathematics and English. Boys will also be considered at the same time for the scholarship and bursary awards. Boys who have applied for art, drama, music or sport scholarships will be required to attend a separate day. Boys who have applied for an academic scholarship may be called back on a separate day following their assessment test.

Year 12 (16+)

Candidates are invited for an assessment day in the January before entry.  They sit a verbal reasoning paper and have an interview with a senior member of staff.  The school will also take up a reference from their current school and will consider their application along with their predicted grades at GCSE.  

For both A-Level and IB a minimum of grade 4/C grades are required in maths and English.

For A-Level, boys they will need a minimum of grade 6/B in their chosen four A-Level subjects. The exception to this concerns boys wishing to study biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics at A-Level who will need to have achieved a minimum of a 7/A grade at GCSE/IGCSE and boys studying the IGCSE Double Award Science specification wishing to pursue a science A-Level will need a minimum of 77/AA in science in order to study the subject at A-Level. Boys wishing to study computer science will need to have achieved a minimum of 7/A in mathematics GCSE/IGCSE.

For IB, boys need to achieve a minimum of 6/B grades at GCSE/IGCSE for their chosen Higher Level subjects, and a minimum grade profile at GCSE/IGCSE of 655/BCC for their chosen Standard Level subjects. The exception to this concerns boys wishing to study HL physics, chemistry and biology who are required to get a minimum 7/A grade at GCSE/IGCSE (or 77/AA grade if studying Double Award Science); those who wish to study Higher Level mathematics are required to get an 8/A* at GCSE/IGCSE, and those wishing to study Standard Level mathematics are required to get a minimum of a 7/A grade at GCSE/IGCSE.

Boys who have applied for art, drama, music or sports scholarships will be required to attend separate assessment days for each area of application.

Finding out more

Location
De Parys Avenue, Bedford, MK40 2TU
Contact
01234 362216
Email Web

Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 218 (7 to 18)
  • Total Pupils: 1104 (275 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £4394 to £6780/term
  • Boarding Fees: £7452 to £11466/term
  • ISI Inspection Report

Open Days

While we cannot welcome visitors to the school at present, we warmly invite you to take a virtual tour of the Upper School with the Head Master, James Hodgson.

Find out more