Type of school : Boys
Age range : 7-18 years
Location: Bedford, United Kingdom
Number of pupils: 1,097
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. The school is set in an extensive parkland estate of 50 acres in the heart of Bedford: a market town just 50 miles north of London. With easy access to the capital and Heathrow Airport, Bedford is ideally located for international students.
Life at Bedford School is very full and, from their earliest years, boys are encouraged to take full advantage of the extensive range of opportunities open to them. There is an easy mix of day boys, weekly boarders and full boarders, all of whom enjoy the schools outstanding facilities and a full social life.
Academic: Central to life at Bedford School is academic excellence. Boys are encouraged to aspire to the highest possible standards and exceed their expectations. The school’s success is demonstrated by a long history of impressive exam results at GCSE, A-Level and in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The school’s success is demonstrated by consistently strong examination performance at GCSE and A-Level. In 2017, 96% of GCSE results were A*-C grades, whilst 82% of A-Level results were A* to B grades. The school also offers the globally recognised International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. In 2017, the average IB score was 37.4 points, and 90% of IB grades were at 7/6/5, the equivalent of A*, A or B at A-Level.
Pastoral: When boys first arrive at Bedford School, they are welcomed into a genuinely caring community, where individuals and individuality are valued. At the centre of this community are the boarding houses which are in the care of a Housemaster who has overall responsibility for each pupil and who is that pupil’s first and last supporter throughout his time at Bedford. In addition, pupils have their own tutor, who will keep an eye on academic progress, ensure that any problems are resolved, and offer advice and friendship. Housemasters, matrons, tutors and senior pupils all work to ensure that each new pupil settles in quickly and successfully. Bedford offers boys an environment where they can be happy, grow in self-confidence and thrive.
Creative Arts and Sport: Bedford is also renowned for its strengths in the arts, music and sport. Musicians hone their talents in the dedicated Music School, one of the largest music departments in the country, where a high proportion of boys learn to play one or more instruments. Drama has gone from strength to strength with the opening of the stunning new Quarry Theatre. First-rate art studios are available to boys to explore sculpture, photography, fine art and design. All boys at the School benefit from the superb sports facilities and expert coaching, and we aim to inspire in each boy a lifelong interest in sport, promoting teamwork, wellbeing, fitness and, most of all, enjoyment.