Twenty-two Y6 boys headed off for the school’s 40th tour to the lovely island of Jersey to play sport against Victoria College Prep School on Friday 6 March.

After a flight from Gatwick, and first time on an aeroplane for a few of those travelling, the boys took to the field for a hockey festival involving five teams (three from Bedford Prep). Great enthusiasm, decent skills and much enjoyment were on show as all 22 Bedford players got fully involved in the matches.

On Saturday the rugby matches were, unfortunately, cancelled due to waterlogged pitches, so an impromptu training session on the beach at St Ouen’s Bay was hastily organised, with Mr Allen advising the boys on some of the finer skills of the game. Needless to say, those that joined in had a fine time learning some lessons to take forward to their own skill bank. The afternoon and evening were spent on adventurous activities, eating and bowling.

The final morning saw two matches of football played at Heathfield with the A team losing a tightly fought match (albeit 0-4!) and the B team, sadly, struggling in their game but enjoying themselves all the same. A massive downpour brought an early end to the matches, but the boys all had fun!

Another successful visit to Jersey keeping this long-lasting friendship and shared heritage alive. Seventy-five years and counting!


The relationship between Bedford School and Victoria College dates back to World War Two when 34 boys (aged 7 to 17) from Victoria College were evacuated off the island and spent the majority of the War at Bedford School.

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