Bedford School

About Bedford School

Boarding School for Boys - Bedford School

Bedford School is a leading independent boarding and day school for boys aged 7-18 years, located in a beautiful 50-acre estate in the heart of Bedford, a market town less than 40 minutes by train from London and within easy reach of the capital’s airports. 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. 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 creative arts, music and sport. Outside the classroom, boys enjoy an outstanding variety of extracurricular activities and societies.

Boarding at Bedford School

For boarders, our six boarding houses offer boys a real ‘home from home’ and all boys enjoy a rich and full social life within a warm and friendly, truly international community.

Burnaby, Pemberley, Phillpotts and Talbot’s houses are situated on the boundaries of the school campus while Redburn and Sanderson’s occupy sites in a leafy suburban area just five minutes’ walk from the school. Each of our six upper boarding houses offers boys a true ‘home from home’. Each house is distinctive; a genuinely warm and welcoming community with a character of its own.

The accommodation is excellent. The rooms are attractive, comfortable and thoroughly planned and common areas are fully equipped to cater for a wide range of interests and recreational needs. Visits, tours and outings are regularly organised and the programme of activities includes debates, plays, concerts, go-karting and paintballing.


Type of School All Boys
School Address Bedford School, De Parys Ave, Bedford, Bedforshire, MK40 2TU
Number of Pupils 1096
Pupils Prep 406
Number of Boarders 241
International Boarders 111
Age Range 7 to 18 years.
Religious Tradition Church of England (although all faiths are welcomed)
Distance from Airports

Heathrow – 70 minutes by road; Gatwick – 2 hours by road and rail; Luton – 15 minutes by road.

Distance from London

50 miles (33 minutes by train).

Educational Programmes

IGCSE, GCSE, A-Level, IB Diploma.

Co-Curricular Programmes

Beyond the classroom, the creative arts, sports and extracurricular activities thrive, with boys benefitting from the opportunity to learn an array of new skills. Our diverse programme of extracurricular activities includes the CCF (Combined Cadet Force), Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, community service, fundraising charity groups, and more than 50 other clubs and societies from astronomy to young enterprise.