Welcome to Burnaby! All staff in Burnaby are committed to promoting the highest levels of student welfare in a warm and friendly environment.

Boys arrive at Burnaby from all parts of the world, as well as from relatively nearby. The broad range of backgrounds and cultures in the house provides a great opportunity for boys to broaden their understanding and the friends they make here will often be friends for life.

Burnaby House Handbook

History and Location

Burnaby is located right in the heart of Bedford School. Its close proximity to the main building and games field makes it very convenient for the boys. It is a five-minute walk along De Parys Avenue into the town centre.

Burnaby is named after Colonel Frederick Burnaby, a nineteenth-century soldier and adventurer who attended the school. He was particularly well known for his ballooning exploits and other local references exist, such as in the name of two nearby pubs. The famous portrait of Frederick Burnaby by the French artist Tissot made the headlines when it was used as the inspiration for Hugo Burnand’s photographic portrait of HRH The Prince of Wales on his 60th birthday. 


Meet the Burnaby Team

Mr James Hinkins, Housemaster
Having experienced boarding at Bedford School since 2016, Mr Hinkins was appointed as House Parents of Burnaby in 2020.  Mr Hinkins studied at De Montfort University and went on to teach Physical Education whilst playing semi-professional rugby, mostly for Bedford Blues.  A few years after retiring from playing, he moved to Bedford School as Director of Rugby.  Mr Hinkins has two children, Florence and Jasper, Florence attends Bedford Girls’ School and Jasper is at Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School.

Mr Mark Graham, Assistant Housemaster
Mr Stuart Knight, House Tutor
Mr Chris Bury, House Tutor