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Bedford School

Bedford School

De Parys Avenue, Bedford, MK40 2TU, UK

+44 (0)1234 362216



Bedford School
School type Boys' Day & Boarding
Founded 1552
Status Private
Head Master Mr James Hodgson
Date Appointed 2014
Language of Instruction English
Boys Age Range 7-18 years
Number of pupils 1,121
Day fees per annum £12,333 - £19,032
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £20,919 - £31,125
Boarding fees per annum £21,948 - £32,190
Average Class Size 15-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Mr Adrian Finch MA
Associations HMC,ASCL,IB,BSA

Bedford School is a vibrant, inspiring independent school for boys aged 7-18 years, with a mix of day boys, weekly and full boarders. The school has an established reputation for academic excellence with additional strengths in sport, music, drama and art.


The highly qualified teaching staff are selected on their ability to communicate and inspire, and the Bedford curriculum provides a varied choice of subjects that will stir the potential in each pupil and challenge his individual strengths. Academic excellence is high on the agenda and the school has recorded outstanding results in each of the years since 2003, in which students have completed the IB Diploma Programme. The average point score in 2018 was 35 points, with 87% of grades at 7/6/5 (the equivalent of A*, A or B at A-Level).


The school is set within an estate of 50 acres in the heart of Bedford, within easy reach of London (just 45 minutes by rail) and its major airports. Facilities are virtually unrivalled and include an observatory and planetarium, purpose-built library, a music school with state-of-the-art facilities, as well as extensive sports facilities.

Outside of the Classroom

Bedford School is renowned for its sport, notably cricket, rowing, rugby and hockey. Its music school is one of the largest in the country and has a full programme of music concerts and performances throughout the year.

The school offers a diverse and wide programme of extracurricular activities 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.


When boys arrive at Bedford 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.