Prior's Field September 2018

Bedford School

De Parys Avenue, Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom MK40 2TU

Age Range & Fees

Age Range13 to 18
Annual Day Fees£19842 to £19842
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£32448 to £32448
Annual Full Boarding Fees£33558 to £33558

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
490Day0
148Full Board0
66Weekly0
704Total0

Number of Staff

Full-time: 88
Part-time: 11

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Mr James Hodgson


For boys between the ages of 7 and 18, Bedford School offers the opportunity of a lifetime. From the classroom to the sports field, in laboratories and theatres, on excursions and exchanges, boys are challenged academically, socially and culturally. They benefit from dedicated and highly qualified staff, and outstanding facilities. They learn exciting new skills and how to prepare themselves for a successful future. Whether boarding or day, boys thrive and happily interact in all areas of school life.

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.

Bedford is also renowned for its strengths in the arts, music and sport. 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. 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.

Bedford also has an enviable reputation for success in rugby, cricket, hockey and rowing. All boys, whether spirited amateur or elite sportsman, benefit from the superb sports facilities and expert coaching.

Generous academic, art, drama, music and sport (inc. golf) scholarships worth up to 35% of annual school fees are available.

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 Stieger, Director of Admissions, for further information on 01234 362216 or email admissions@bedfordschool.org.uk.

Bedford School is part of The Harpur Trust. Company No. 3475202/Charity no. 1066861.
  • 24th April 2021 - Open Morning

What we offer

  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Environmental studies
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Theology
  • Chinese
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water sports
  • Adventure training
  • Astronomy
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Horse riding and management
  • Language club
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Young Enterprise
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • School bus service
  • Vegetarian
  • Dyslexia

Method of Entry

  • Assessment
  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • Scholarship or bursary exam
  • Please apply to school
  • Registration
  • Visit school

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Drama
  • Academic
  • Art
  • Music
  • 6th Form
  • Sport
  • Means tested bursaries

Accreditations and Affliations:

  • BSA
  • HMC
  • IB
  • IBO
  • ISC

Religious Affliations:

  • All denominations welcome
  • Church of England


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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