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Boarding at Bedford 

All of our six senior boarding houses offer the best care for the individual. Each house functions broadly as a family unit with the Housemaster and his wife leading a team of people who are committed to the boys in their care.

All of the boarding houses are well appointed with attractive and comfortable bedrooms and full recreational facilities including a common room, games room and extensive grounds. Whilst main meals are taken in the School's dining halls, each house has its own kitchen where boys can make themselves snacks and drinks during the evenings. The houses are also networked to enable boys to make use of the School's email system, intranet and of course, study using the internet.

The House Community thrives and develops through its involvement in House Singing, theatre visits, informal competitions, paintballing, plays, quizes, barbecues and celebrations. The well established work ethos, supervised preps (homework) and personal study allow each individual to work towards their academic goals.


The Houses

 Burnaby  Pemberley  Phillpotts Redburn  Sanderson's  Talbot's

Burnaby House
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 Pemberley House
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 Phillpotts House
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 Redburn House
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Sanderson's House
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 Talbot's House
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13+ Boarding

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 5 minutes walk away from the School. Boys typically share rooms with 5 other boys whilst sixth formers occupy single or twin rooms.

Sixth Form Boarding

All boys joining Bedford exclusively for the sixth form, to follow either A level or International Baccalaureate programmes, are allocated either a single study bedroom or share a twin or triple room.


Boarding at Bedford School is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

"'The School is held in high regard by parents and particularly by boarders who believe they have been enabled to have a most positive boarding experience that supports them in their academic endeavour. This arises out of an all round excellent performance of managers and staff in using the very good resources effectively to provide boarders comfort and a beneficial environment for their care and education. Of particular remark is success in instilling values that allow boarders of diverse background to relate well to each other and thrive in the School’s community.'

'Boarders regard the School as a welcoming and friendly place where everyone is included and has a voice.’

‘Equality and diversity is celebrated throughout the School. This provides boarders with a balanced perspective of the world.'

‘Boarders and staff enjoy good relationships and mutual respect. Staff demonstrate genuine commitment to their boarding welfare duties and are enthusiastic about their caring role.'

View the Full 2010 Ofsted Report >>


2013 ISI Intermediate Boarding Compliance Inspection >>

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