If I could have one thing for every single boy who leaves this school as a young man, it would be that he feels comfortable in his own skin, and therefore confident in who he is, able to surface in any company and hold his own.

Indeed, everything we do here contributes towards achieving that goal; and both the individual and collective successes of our 8,500 Old Bedfordians, young and old, I believe attest to the school’s consistency in this aim over time.

Bedford is a school steeped in history, having been founded by Royal Charter back in 1552, and is thriving today, with over 1000 boys from ages 7-18 schooled in our Prep School (7-13) and Upper School (13-18) on the same, wonderful 50-acre site on the edge of town. 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 a happy and successful future.

I hope that the pages of our website give you a flavour of life at Bedford School. However, nothing compares to coming to see the school for yourself and I very much look forward to meeting you.




James Hodgson
Head Master