“A rare beast . . . an uncompromisingly single sex school offering flexible day and boarding options without losing its traditional public school appeal.”

“Thriving and successful, with happy pupils and happy parents.”

“. . . a place where all boys can hit their personal best, whether it’s on the sports field, in academia or in the arts.”

“Understated confidence and purposefulness abounds.”

“A school of established excellence ready to be taken to the next level by dynamic new head.”

The glowing review from the Good Schools Guide follows their visit to both the Prep and Upper Schools in May 2015.

Please find below some of the many highlights from their detailed, independent review.

Prep School

  • A boys’ own paradise which simultaneously feels separate from and integral to the upper school and offers everything young boys could hope for, whatever their interests.
  • [Bedford Prep] enjoys unfettered access to the wealth of facilities of the upper school as well as a fair few of its own.
  • Classrooms feel cosy in comparison to the overwhelming sense of space elsewhere.
  • Science labs are well-equipped and art and DT outstanding.
  • Super work of exceptional quality, themed to ignite passionate creativity amongst the all-male cohort by their inspiring male head of art (who doubles up as games teacher), festoons the interiors.
  • [Eagle House] A real home from home feel, thanks in no small part to super houseparent couple, as well as plenty of nicely furnished, comfy spaces with lots of personal touches for boys to hang out after school hours.
  • All in all, a really super option for those looking for top notch day or boarding school . . .
  • A kind, happy and successful school with the added bonus of a smooth transition to the thriving and successful upper school without the weighty stress of the 11+ or CE.
  • Never a dull moment.

Upper School

  • Music of a ‘fantastic calibre’ according to parents, with a state of the art, super modern music centre
  • . . . possibly the most stunning theatre we’ve seen in any school
  • Sport is the lifeblood of Bedford and although the list of recent accolades is too long to list (in all sports from rugby and cricket to swimming and golf), school maintains it’s not just for the elite and says it offers all boys the same time on task when it comes to training . . . 
  • Sports facilities unsurprisingly top notch.
  • . . . the introduction in recent years of colours for art, drama and academia in addition to sport, a welcome addition signified by a colourful array of scarves and special striped blazers for those awarded colours.
  • Parents, too, concur that school ‘absolutely allows boys to be all-rounders’.
  • A non-stop merry-go-round of extracurricular activities keeps boys busy outside of the classroom.
  • Trips and tours galore for all manner of interests from sports tours to choir trips, academic excursions and occasionally  just for fun.
  • . . . super facilities abound at Bedford
  • The school itself has the feel of a university campus about it; the buildings, a delightful mix of old and new, surround the manicured playing fields.
  • . . . the whole campus gives the aura of a school offering roundedness in the purest sense of the word.
  • Six boarding houses, four on site and two just a short walk away, offer intimate and cosy homes from home for the 40 per cent of boys who board here. Charming in that none are purpose built, the houses are adapted Victorian villas, each with its own character, all with a fraternity house feel.
  • Masters describe the boys as ‘like brothers’, one commenting that ‘there’s nothing better than seeing a huge sixth former strolling to breakfast chatting to one of the year 9s’.
  • Parents say they have never met a Bedfordian they didn’t like, their trademark being an ability to mix with all age groups with an easy, understated confidence.
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