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’. bedfordschool.org.uk
WE’RE DELIGHTED AND HONOURED TO HAVE BEEN AWARDED THIS MUCH-COVETED ACCOLADE, not least because of the prestigious panel of judges WHO CHOSE US FROM SUCH DISTINGUISHED COMPETITION