Bedford School Trust (BST) was established in 1926 to hold certain funds and property for the general benefit of Bedford School (as distinct from the Harpur Trust who own the school and other independent schools in Bedford).

Since then BST has been developed into a valuable source of funding for Bedford School and those connected with it that is not dependent on fee income. Funding is available for a variety of purposes including the annual award of a number of scholarships. It also provides financial support for a number of school activities including the Chapel, the Combined Cadet Force and educational visits and sports tours.

Please note that Bedford School Trust is not part of the Bedford School Association, and is a charity independent of both the Harpur Trust and Bedford School Foundation. The Bedford School Trust does not run fundraising campaigns or appeals.

Aims & Objectives

The Trust is established to manage funds and property donated to Bedford School so as to:

  • promote the education of pupils at Bedford School
  • promote the further education of former pupils of the school
  • to support the school and its charitable activities


The activities for which the Trust provides a financial and accounting service are:

  • Bedford Preparatory School Fund
  • Bedford School Chapel
  • Bedford School Charities Committee
  • Bedford School Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
  • The Monitors’ Fund
  • The Musical Instrument Fund

Grant Applications

In meeting the Objects of the Trust, including the incorporated subsidiary charities, the public benefit aim is to provide accessible first class education in the broadest sense for grantees, through the provision of academic, sporting, artistic and social activities which will enhance life skills. This is intended to assist all those receiving support through the Trust to develop and fulfil their potential, and to inculcate in them a lifelong desire to contribute to the wider community.

The Trust welcomes applications for grants and there are specific funds available for academic departments, pupils and for assistance with fees.

  • Assistance with the Fees for Education of Boys at the school
    The annual amount of funds available for scholarship allocation will vary and applications will generally be means tested, but with a limited amount of funding available on a discretionary basis. The generosity of the legacy from Gordon Lindsay-White has enabled the scope of scholarship provision within the Trust to be extended.
  • Oakley Fletcher Fund
    This fund was set up to assist pupils at the school to attend sports courses or to go on school sports tours. Guidance on criteria and on how to present an application can be provided by the Vice Master, who is also a Trustee.
  • Gap Year
    Small grants are available each year to former pupils who undertake enterprising and valuable projects during a gap year. Guidance on criteria and on how to present an application can be provided by the Vice Master, who is also a Trustee.
  • Grants for Academic Departments and Sports
    Heads of Departments and Masters in Charge of Sports may apply for a grant for specific items to assist with teaching and coaching which they would not be able to fund from their normal budgets. Applications should be made in writing to the Head Master.

Contact the Trust

Email the Clerk of the Trust on or write to:

The Clerk
10 Glebe Road
MK40 2PL

Tel: +44 (0)1234 362241

Bedford School Trust is a company limited by guarantee.
Registered in England. Company Registration No. 4479551
Registered Charity No. 1094232
Registered Office: 10 Glebe Road, Bedford, MK40 2PL

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