One of the highlights of the Creative Arts calendar is the inspirational Detweiler Competition, which takes place every year, and is an exciting exhibition of work by Bedford School boys. Prizes are awarded in four different categories: Art, Music, Drama and Creative Writing. This year’s theme was ‘Man and Machine’, and the boys did not disappoint, creating some outstanding artwork, sculptures, performances and texts.  

The competition is named after Dr Alan Detweiler, an enthusiastic and passionate supporter of both education and the Arts in general. Until his death a few years ago, he always made the trip to Bedford to help judge the prizes which he generously provided. This year we were delighted to welcome Dr Hannah Higham, Curator at the Henry Moore Foundation, into school to take on the difficult task of selecting winners in each of the categories.

Head of Creative Arts Mr Joss Sanders said, “It’s a wonderful celebration of all of the creativity that happens at Bedford School, and it becomes a real highlight when we put together the English, Drama, Music and Art Departments on this special occasion each year”.

The winners are:


2D First prize – Alex Lam, Upper Sixth
3D First prize – Austin Ward, Fifth Form

Highly commended awards go to Richard Huang (Upper Sixth Form), Boris Song (Lower Sixth Form), Tyler Choga (Fifth Form), Ollie Stringer (Fifth Form) and Rob Parrish (Remove Form).


First prize – Flik Feng (Upper Sixth Form)
Second prize – Tom Arnold (Upper Sixth Form)
Runner up – Daniel Hutchins (Remove Form)


First prize – Thomas Li (Fourth Form)
Second prize – Sam Gribbin (Fourth Form)

Creative Writing

First prize – Jamie Williams (Upper Sixth Form)
Runner-up – Nat Otley (Lower Sixth Form)



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