Thank you for taking the time to read about Bedford School. I hope that you find it a wonderfully busy and inspiring school, with its 1100-strong thriving boarding and day community.

Bedford is a school steeped in history, having been founded by Royal Charter back in 1552, but one which seeks to merge its rich heritage with a quickly changing world to enable its boys to thrive, not only through their school days but through university and beyond.

We believe in a well-grounded, ambitious education which seeks to imbue boys with the four age-old pillars of our community: integrity, responsibility, curiosity and endeavour. To achieve this, we provide a vast array of activity, to which this website is testament, so that each boy can find a lifelong passion; we enable boys to look beyond what they feel is possible, both academically and outside the classroom; we encourage an atmosphere of friendship, collegiality and mutual respect, whilst also retaining the love of competitiveness which comes so naturally to boys; and we require boys to engage with the wider world, in preparation for their adult lives. All of these aspects help every boy to gain a genuine sense of self belief which will provide the strongest possible foundations for their future.

I hope that the pages of our website give you a flavour of life at Bedford School. However, nothing compares to a personal visit and I warmly welcome you to come and see the school for yourself.

I very much look forward to meeting you.


James Hodgson
Head Master