Academic excellence is our primary objective at Bedford School. Standards are high and the atmosphere in the classroom is demanding and progressive. Our exam results are strong, with the curriculum structured to provide breadth and balance, and extend learning well beyond national requirements. We aim to inspire our students to become lifelong learners who have inquiring minds and a fundamental curiosity. We want them to be critical thinkers, to enjoy personal growth and to thrive on intellectual challenge.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a globally recognised pre-university course designed for students aged 16 -19. The IB diploma was created in 1968 and introduced here alongside A Levels in September 2003. Bedford School has recorded outstanding results in each of the years in which it has presented candidates for the IB Diploma examinations.
We believe that the IB gives our students an edge as they seek places on particularly competitive university courses, and that it is an asset to those who recognise that their future career may include an international dimension.
2013 IB Results
• One student achieved 44 points (out of a possible 45): a result places him in the top 0.7% of all candidates worldwide.
• 87% of results were at the equivalent of A*, A or B at A Level.
• 62% of Higher Level grades were at 7/6, the equivalent to A*/A at A level.
• 100% IB Diploma pass rate.
The Advanced Level course at Bedford is a strong option for boys wishing to follow the traditional pattern of subjects and for many it is the natural choice. It is often attractive to those who wish to specialise after GCSE. Students also enjoy a Skills Programme to prepare them for university life, which is complemented by a full lecture programme with major speakers from outside the School. A wide range of sporting and service opportunities are also offered.
2013 A Level Results
81.5% of entries resulted in passes at top grades A* to B.
99.7% of entries resulted in pass grades A* to E.
A Level and IB combined grades
82.7% of IB and A2 exams were graded at A* to B or equivalent.
The two year course provides a strong foundation for boys moving on to A Level or the IB Diploma. Boys study a core of English, Maths, a Modern Language and all three Sciences as well as a broad range of other subjects to provide them with a secure and challenging academic foundation.
2013 GCSE Results
55.8% of entries resulted in top grades A* or A.
94.8% of entries resulted in pass grades A* to C
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