An independent all-boys boarding and day school for pupils aged 7 to 18 years
About the 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.
Boarders lie at the heart of the school’s warm and inclusive community; 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.
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 2019, 83% 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. 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.
Bedford School 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.
Staff and Student Quotes
“Boarding at Bedford is largely unique in its use of converted beautiful Victorian homes to well quipped Houses of between 30 and 55 boys, with the Housemaster and Assistant Housemaster families living in situ. This allows for the most homely of atmospheres, where a House becomes genuinely a family experience and lifelong friendships are formed and nurtured. Boys here love it!”
“Bedford School has got everything you need at a very high level; music, art, sports etc. All students and teachers made very kind impressions on me. Apart from that I also love the green areas everywhere and the school campus itself. On my visiting day, everyone was organized and friendly.”
Fifth Form boarder from Germany