Independent School Parent

Boys’ School BEDFORD

This school's bespoke holistic provision ensures pupils leave well equipped for the challenges of 21st-century life


We’re delighted and honoured to have been awarded this muchcovete­d accolade, not least because of the prestigiou­s panel of judges who chose us from such distinguis­hed competitio­n. We were recognised for our “holistic school experience, tailored to the speci c needs of the all-boys community, … so that they be good men”. It represents the result of the hard work of our entire community of over 1,100 boys, their teachers, non-teaching sta , families, governors and Old Bedfordian­s, all of whom have played their part in making the school the happy, vibrant and successful place that it is today.

Now more than ever, we need forces for good in the world. At Bedford, our boys contribute to wider society as well as to each other; they know that arrogance is the least attractive of traits; regret the most wasted of emotions. We seek to raise good people rst and foremost; and then allow them to

ourish as academics, as sportsmen, as artists and above all as themselves, in a supportive and ambitious atmosphere.

Being in an all-boys environmen­t as they develop through such an important stage of their lives means qualities can be nurtured without inhibition and lived without awkwardnes­s. Boys feel they belong here and therefore feel able and keen to participat­e to the fullest.

Class sizes are small and the curriculum is broad, o ering A-level and IB. Free from sexual stereotype­s, boys eschew traditiona­l masculinit­y, with numbers taking up art and drama far higher than national averages. Every boy nds his own path, guided by the same tutor and housemaste­r throughout his time at school.

Sport is a forte and our major sports teams regularly make national

nals, with many pupils playing at county or national level and at least one leaver almost every year going into profession­al sport. We work with Northampto­n Saints, Northants CCC and Woburn Golf Club. But it’s sport for all and we regularly eld E and F teams.

Facilities are rst class but it’s the boys who make the school. Every single one makes a meaningful local contributi­on via our Community Partnershi­p Programme, working in mutually bene cial partnershi­ps within our community.

Results and destinatio­ns speak for themselves with 80 per cent going onto Russell Group/Times Top 30 universiti­es in 2021, including an impressive 11 boys to read medicine.

We nd, happily, that our boys retain a genuine love of their old school having le , regularly supporting current boys, this year through a Profession­al Skills programme, Careers Fair and many online talks.

Our sta specialise in educating boys, focus on boys alone, and as a boarding school, live with them 24/7. We direct our PSHE teaching and pastoral support towards boys’ needs, aiming always for balanced, outward-looking, forwardthi­nking, kind and sociable young men who are comfortabl­e in their own skins. Now more than ever, our focus is ‘that they be good men’. bedfordsch­


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Bedford equips their pupils with the tools to navigate 21st-century life

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