Bedford School

Type of school: Boys Senior school with a junior department or a prep school

Nearest international airport: Luton/ Heathrow (32km/ 110km)

Age Range: 7-18

Number of pupils: 1078

Number of boarders: 256

Fees per term: Boarding: £7,103–£10,417
Day: £3,991–£6,159


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Bedford School is an independent boarding and day school for boys aged 7 to 18 years, where fundamental traditions combine with innovative educational thinking. Academic excellence underpins life at the school, and boys are encouraged to aspire to the highest possible standards and exceed their expectations. We are also renowned for our strengths in music, the arts and sport. At Bedford School we believe that a complete and balanced education produces fully rounded boys. From age 7 to 18, it’s a continuity of education that enriches, and prepares them for a diverse and rewarding adult life. Life at Bedford School is very rich and, from their earliest years, boys are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities open to them. There is an easy mix of day boys, weekly and full boarders, all of whom enjoy outstanding facilities and a busy social life.

The school is set in a beautiful and extensive estate in the heart of Bedford, a market town just 50 miles north of London. With easy access to Luton, Stansted and Heathrow Airports, as well as Cambridge and Oxford, Bedford is ideally located for British and international students alike.

Academic life
Our highly qualified teaching staff are selected on their ability to communicate and inspire. The result is a vibrant, stimulating environment,
where boys can be happy, grow in self-confidence, thrive academically and make the most of the extensive opportunities on offer. Our
curriculum is structured to provide breadth, balance and extend learning well beyond national requirements, and offers boys a varied choice pic3of subjects. Our academic success is demonstrated by a long history of impressive examination results at GCSE, A-level and in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. In 2016, 77% of boys went on to Russell Group universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

Sporting tradition
In line with our enviable sporting tradition, 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 firstclass facilities from which many international players have emerged.

Music and creative arts
Bedford School has a long-established reputation for excellence in music, drama and the arts. With its 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, pic2many 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 performing arts is demonstrated through our stunning new 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.

Strong community
As soon as boys arrive at Bedford School, they are welcomed into a genuinely caring community, where individuals and individuality are
Bedford School valued. At the centre of this community are the boarding houses – boarders soon feel that their boarding house is a ‘home away from home’ during their time at the school. Boys enjoy regular house trips and events throughout the year. The Preparatory School and Upper School operate independently on the same campus but join together to provide continuity of education from 7 to 18 years of age, and the warm, inclusive culture with which Bedford School has become associated extends across both schools.

Beyond the classroom
A diverse programme of extracurricular activities is available to all boys, including the CCF (Combined Cadet Force), Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Community Service, fundraising groups, and more than 50 other clubs and societies, from astronomy to Young Enterprise. Whilst committed to the benefits of single-sex teaching, the school works closely with its sister school, Bedford Girls’ School, to provide a wide-ranging prograpicd4mme 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 fees assistance through our generous means-tested bursary scheme.

Visit Bedford School
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 at Bedford School. Please contact Anna Steiger, Director of Admissions, for further information on +44 (0)1234 362216 or e-mail

“Thriving and successful, with happy pupils and happy parents – a place where all boys can hit their personal best”.
The Good Schools Guide