Our aim is simple: to identify boys with outstanding talent and nurture that talent through a Bedford School education.

Our culture is built on a firm belief in excellence and aspiration: that a true scholar is proud of his talent and willing to work hard to make the most of it to the benefit of all.

The Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to boys who excel academically or show outstanding talent in Art, Drama, Music or Sport. Boys who show ability in two of these areas and/or other particular strengths may be considered for an all-round award.

Scholarship Booklet  Scholarship Application Form  

Up to 20 scholars will receive up to a maximum of 10% of annual school fees from The Harpur Trust.

Up to 18 of these Scholars will receive up to a further 25% of annual school fees if they demonstrate exceptional talent. This additional funding, from the Brian Saville and Professor John Roach Scholarship Funds, gives a total award of up to 35% of annual school fees (day or boarding).

Scholarships are non-means tested honours that are awarded to current boys and external candidates as they enter Year 9 (13+), and to external candidates only at Year 12 (16+). In exceptional circumstances, boys may be considered for a scholarship on entry to the school in Years 10 and 11 (Pre-IB course), subject to the availability of funding. If an applicant requires additional funding over and above the 35% available through scholarships then this can be awarded on a means-tested basis through the Bursary scheme. 

Boys wishing to be considered for a scholarship starting in September 2021 must submit a completed application form to the Admissions Office together with any supporting references, no later than 1 December 2020.

All boys wishing to be considered for a scholarship are required to attend the relevant assessment day(s) at Bedford School in the spring term before the September of entry.