We are always pleased to consider high achieving pupils at Bedford however we do require boys to have a reasonable level of fluency in English.  Pupils can apply to the school directly or may come to us via and agent.  At initial enquiry, we would ask for a copy of the pupils last two school reports (in English).

We would always encourage families to visit the school and for us to meet the boy.  Testing may take place here at Bedford School, at the British Council or through an approved agent.  Boys can be tested from the September prior to the year of entry.
 
If an international pupil is already studying within the United Kingdom, we would normally ask that the pupil visits us at the school and that they undertake their interview and entrance assessment here.

Once a boy is registered with us for entry, we would be happy to supply past papers on request (Upper School and Sixth Form pupils).  Unfortunately, we are not able to supply past papers for the Prep School.

Prep School

Pupils whose first language is not English will be required to sit an ESOL paper (English as a Second Language) as well as digital tests for Maths, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

We will also request a confidential reference from the Headteacher of each applicant’s current school, and if we have not had the opportunity to meet with the pupil, we will conduct an interview via skype.

Upper School – Year 9 (13+) and Year 10 (14+)

Pupils whose first language is not English will be required to sit an ESOL paper (English as a Second Language), a Maths paper and a digital test for Non-Verbal Reasoning.

We will also request a confidential reference from the Headteacher of each applicant’s current school, and if we have not had the opportunity to meet with the pupil, we will conduct an interview via skype.

Upper School – Pre-IB Course (15+)

The Pre-IB Course is a one year intensive GCSE programme, primarily intended for international students. It is hoped that boys will see this as a foundation year before moving into the Sixth Form at Bedford.

Pupils whose first language is not English will be required to sit an ESOL paper (English as a Second Language) and a Maths paper. We will also request a confidential reference from the Headteacher of each applicant’s current school, and if we have not had the opportunity to meet with the pupil, we will conduct an interview via skype.

Sixth Form

Pupils will be required to indicate their choice of A-Level or IB subjects. All pupils will then sit a written examination in ESOL (English as a Second Language) in addition to either subject papers for three of their chosen A-Levels, or their three higher level subjects for the International Baccalaureate (IB).

We will also request a confidential reference from the Headteacher of each applicant’s current school, and if we have not had the opportunity to meet with the pupil, we will conduct an interview via skype.

Guardianship

A condition of entry to Bedford is that all boys coming from overseas have a guardian whose residential address is in the UK. This may be a relative or close friend but must be someone of more than 25 years of age, not living in student accommodation.

If you do not have a close friend or relative who can fulfil this role, then you can find a list of accredited guardians on the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS) website – www.aegisuk.net

Visas

Any pupil who does not hold an EEC passport and who is a citizen outside the European Economic Area and who wishes to study in the UK, must have a visa to allow them to study in the UK. Bedford School is able to provide a CAS (Certificate of Acceptance to Study) once a place has been accepted at the school. Further information may be obtained from the UK Government visas and Home Office websites.