Scholarships open up a world of opportunities to talented boys who may otherwise be unable to afford to attend the School and give them the best possible start in life: a Bedford education.

Throughout the School’s history, generous benefactors have allowed us to provide scholarships to boys with academic, sporting or music potential – providing them with opportunities irrespective of their background.

With a Bedford School education behind them, scholarship students have gone on to top universities and achieve highly successful careers.

Generous legacies and donations have been made to the School enabling us to establish an endowed fund to support Scholarships. We are delighted to be able to make these awards and to offer many talented boys the opportunity to benefit from a Bedford School education for many years to come. 

We continue to welcome donations of any size to our Scholarship programme. 

Profile: Alex Collins (08-13)

When he joined the School, Alex immediately created an impression with his violin playing – even if at that time all he seemed to play was Monti’s Czardas! Soon the ‘one-piece wonder’ was learning many genres of violin music, building a really solid technique and his musical studies started to gather real momentum.

Alex flourished in the sixth form, winning the senior Langley String Prize and giving a memorable performance in the Solo Prize Winners Concert in 2012. He often featured as soloist and led the First and Chamber Orchestras, gaining a distinction at ABRSM Grade 8 Violin. In the final Summer Concert of 2013 he brought the house down with Mozart’s Concerto in A major.

After joining the School on a music scholarship, Alex left having gained entry to the prestigious Royal College of Music and he started with Professor Ani Schnarch in September 2013.

Currently, there are 193 day boys and boarders receiving financial assistance across the Prep School and Upper School – this is 18% of all boys at the School. The amounts vary from a 10% to a 100% award, totalling in excess of £1.55m per annum.